So excited to be a part of this. This trailer premiered yesterday and being a backer, I was able to see it in advance along with approximately 50 other updates from ADI over the last year. If you are unaware of this film, it is a horror/sci-fi flick literally created by the guys behind T2, Aliens, The Thing, Tremors, Pumpkinhead and countless other classic monster flicks that use unbelievable practical/in-camera effects. This movie uses ONLY practical effects and make-up to create the terror within. It had a hard time finding footing in Hollywood and so became the focus of a Kickstarter campaign. Having this trailer show up yesterday finally cemented my investment in the film a reality. While, not all of the effects are completely finished yet, even for this trailer. I can assure you the final product looks stellar.
I am so proud to be a backer of this film and to be one of the reasons that it was finally able to be made. I won’t say how much I put towards the movie, but it was…enough. I’m so stoked to get all of the perk items for donating cash, which includes a limited edition of the bluray, signed pieces or memorabilia and a ton of other stuff tied to the film. Also, to have one of my favorite horror actors, Lance Henriksen, starring in the film, I am just totally geeking out over this. Get ready for Harbinger Down, it’s gonna be wicked.
Synopsis: A group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas 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.
The only thing that I really like about this is that they’re using only villains that have never been used in animation before. While that cuts out every famous (and some lesser known) villain(s) it gives them a chance to focus on some very cool new characters like Prof. Pyg rather than re-hashing the Joker, Tw0-Face, Poison Ivy and so many others for the hundredth time. Aside from that, they’ve cut out Robin (for now) and changed the sidekick Katana, a member of the Outsiders, they made Alfred much younger and a crime-fighter in his own right and of course I’m not a fan of the animation. As of now the cons outweigh the pros, but if the writing is good then of course I’m gonna watch this…’cause it’s Batman. He’s been my favorite since I was 4 years old. Hopefully this doesn’t suck as much as The Batman did.
Writer/Director Paul Bunnell presents his pet project. A truly mad concoction, blending 1950s juvenile delinquents, sci-fi melodrama, song-and-dance, and a touch of horror, into one ridiculous spectacle. The story involves Jonathan Xavier and his devoted misfit gang who, have been exiled to Earth from the far reaches of outer space. Johnny’s X-girlfriend Bliss has left him and stolen his Resurrection Suit, a cosmic, mind-bending uniform that gives the owner power over others.
Think The Rocky Horror Picture Show scrambled around with Plan 9 From Outer Space and you’re almost there.
As a fan of the goofy 50’s sci-fi flicks, I’m definitely interested, but I can’t say for certain it’ll actually be any good. I’ve read a few quick reviews ranging from absolute love to utter disgust. It should be noted that Johnny X is the lowest grossing movie of 2012. According to Box Office Mojo it only made $117 during its one week theatrical run and only made around $300 in it’s limited run. Now to be fair most of the screenings were done at film festivals and “pay what you want” shows so there was never much hope for it to rake in the dough, but perhaps the DVD/Bluray rental/purchase numbers will go up to pay off some of the $2 million budget…maybe…
I have to commend the guy for getting it made, and even including some well known faces in the cast.
Also check out the posters and website for the film, some of the coolest stuff I’ve seen in a while.
Also an extra little fun fact: Paul Bunnell scrambled to purchase the remaining EASTMAN PLUS-X Negative Film 5231 from Kodak shortly after it had been discontinued, making this the last feature to be shot with their fine grain black and white stock, which makes for a beautiful presentation. I hope it was worth it. Definitely gonna review this one as soon as I can get my hands on it.
I loved Blomkamp’s work on District 9. It was a beautiful, gritty sci-fi world and while I hope he makes a sequel to it, this right here shows that he still has what it takes to be one of the top directors working right now. I wouldn’t care if he never left the genre. This kinda got me jonesin’ for him to helm a Mass Effect movie. Looks great. I’m sure it will be fantastic.
In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined planet. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.
Full Official HD Trailer.
This is the first movie that I’ve heard of getting an R rating for the scares alone. The director asked the MPAA why the film was rated R and what they could do to get it back down to a PG-13 when there is no gore, sex or drugs in it and the board told him nothing. They had to keep it R for how disturbing and terrifying it is. Um…count me in!