Thursday, November 5, 2015
My Two Bits: Harbinger Down
We've pimped Harbinger Down here on the site a couple of times, primarily because former Basement guest Lance Henriksen is a major player, and it's an old-school special effects monster movie from practical FX wizards Tom Woodruff Jr. and Alex Gillis.
Having seen it, how do I define what makes this flick so special? It's not the story, which is basically a riff on The Thing and The Blob. Nor is it the performances, which are what you'd expect from a B-grade monster movie, Mr. Henriksen's badassness aside of course.
No, Harbinger Down is awesome because it's a showcase for old-school movie making and practical effects. This flick looks and feels like it was plucked right out of the 80s and air dropped into modern cinemas. It's a fun throwback to the kind of monster movie I watched growing up and, although far from perfect, it's a fuck of a lot of fun.
Yes, the visual effects -- 90 per cent of which must have been done in camera -- are brilliant. And gory. And creepy. I haven't seen creature effects this rad since John Carpenter's The Thing back in 82.
And yah, Henriksen remains The Man. Even at 70, he's still a bad motherfucker who can play a range of emotions with minimal effort. It's a pleasure to watch him work, and he knows who I am. That's pretty cool.
This is B-grade horror/sci-fi entertainment of the highest order. It's not for pretentious types, but if you love throwback genre movies, you're in for a treat. If The Thing is your thing, you need to get on this shit. Now!