Harbinger Down

Synopsis: A group of grad students have booked passage on the crabbing boat Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Belugas in the Bering Sea. When the ship's crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades, tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without mutation. Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. And after being locked in ice for 3 decades, the creatures aren't about to give up the warmth of human companionship.
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Alec Gillis
Production: Vertical Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
82 min

Wait, I thought you guys

were just tracking the whales.

Yeah, but if we can get a teeny sample

we can see how climate change

is affecting their migration pattern

as well as their biology.

Let's add some visual aids.

Here we are and here are the whales.

- Can you tell if they're acting normal?

- Sadie to the wheelhouse.

Sadie to the wheelhouse.


You all settled in?

It's kinda strange to be back.

Your mom and dad loved

the ocean as much as I do.

We got seawater in our veins, you and I.

Take the wheel.

I'm gonna try to get some rest.


don't let fear hold you down.

They wouldn't want that for you.

Ronelle, wake up!

It could be an old navy buoy.

Let's just check it out and then

we can throw it right back.

What is that?

Don't know,

the whales were attracted to it.

Whales? Why didn't you wake me?

Hey! Hey, that thing

could be a Jap sea mine.

Here, shoot video.

Sea mine wants to be invisible.

Blinking red light defeats the purpose, no?

Any more guesses?

Maybe Fukushima.

Lower it!

What do you think?

Well, it isn't new ice.

The older it is, the bluer it is.

What about this... satellite, maybe?

Can we kill the work lights,

get a spot on this?

Somewhere in the Bering Sea,

aboard the crabbing ship Harbinger.

Wait, hold on. Let's cut. Cut.

We are aboard the crabbing ship Harbinger,

somewhere in the Bering Sea.

Behind me, a mystery.

At this point, the contents

of this ice chunk are frozen in mystery.

The... back on me. The unmistakable

blue-ish hue you see here

tells us it is not a new piece of ice.

And here, keep me in the frame...

these rounded edges speak

of melting, not breaking off...

no doubt caused by climate change.

There's a palpable sense

of urgency, excitement

and perhaps, yes, trepidation.

Again, this is Dr. Stephen Lichte

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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