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

Hi, Sadie.

Stephen, hurry up.

You're letting all the cold air in.

- Happy you're making yourself so useful.

- You told me to videotape, remember?

Yes, I remember...

and I regret it already.

Oh, God. The poles.

Can you put that down and be of some use?

Hey, I'm doing my job.

- Ready to roll.

- Oh, why aren't you driving?

Stephen wasn't comfortable with that.

You'd think they could at least

de-ice the windshield

when we rent the vehicle from them.


All right, we are on our way.

Hold on.

Okay. Windshield.

It's making it worse.

Mount Ballyhoo? Really?

That's not a native Aleutian name.

They usually begin with A. Got Aleutian,

Amokmok, Alaska.

- Hold on. Hold on.

- Okay.

- Sorry!

- I'll navigate.

Ulakta trail will take us to the wharf.

Ulakta? With a U?

Oh, my goodness.

You said don't blow the budget.

Captain's very punctual.

Well, it is archetypal.

Attention all hands, we needed

to shove off at 1800 hours.

We did not do that.

Deckhands meet in the galley

after 5:
00 to discuss.

Atka, get up here, take the wheel.

All right, Bo. Have fun.

On time.

What's a sister doing here

on a crab boat in Alaska?

Hi, Rick.


I'm Dock.

The ship's doctor, perfect. I am...

They call me Dock,

because I used to live under one.

- Nickname.

- Right.

Great, like one of the seven dwarves.

Yeah, and they call him Grumpy.

Why would this be in my locker?

I wouldn't know. What would

a cold fish have to do with you?

You got problem with me,

you handle it like a man.

- Now, Svet, calm down.

- He's begging for an ass kicking.

If anybody's going to be delivering

an ass kicking, it's gonna be me.

You pull a knife on my ship,

and I'll gut you with it.

Now, if the rest of you are done

with this goddamn tom-fuckery.

Do you kiss my grandmother

with that mouth?


Sadie, what the hell are you doing here?

You know what I thought?

You were gonna be here next month.

I sent you texts.

Do I get text on this doggone thing?

Pop-Pop, these are my friends,

Ronelle and Stephen.

- Hello.

- Hi, hi.

Guys, this is Captain Graff.

You know, I was trying to explain to my

crew about the benefits of punctuality.

- I think I'll let you brief them instead.

- Well, it's Stephen's project.

You could... you tell them.

We're tracking a pod of Beluga whales

that have been tagged with GPS devices.

They're very sensitive animals

and the breaking of the ice caps

has affected their migratory patterns.

What happens to them is an indicator

of what could happen to us.

So, you're getting paid for this?

The two of us are working on our degrees.

Stephen's our professor.

We're funded by NOA...

Research grants are nothing

but white people's government cheese.

Yeah, and something tells me

that you don't vote

- and you sure don't pay taxes.

- What?

Okay, okay, knock it off.

These people are here to get

some work done. So are we.

We crab at night.

Can you work during the day?

There's bad weather coming up.

We'll run into the first string

around 11:
00 tonight.

G, set them up in the old radio room.

All right!

You heard the captain. Let's go.

Well, I guess this is our room.

Okay, now this,

I am definitely curious about.

- You want to know about this thing?

- Sure.

This is cutting edge.

It's a portable molecular analyzer.

Place the sample in this cartridge

and it could tell you everything,

from what species it is and whether

or not if it has a cold or cancer.

Hey, Bowman, I wonder

if that thing can analyze a fart.

Okay, leave now, cavemen.

Go wrestle sharks

- or whatever you do.

- All right.

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