Lance Henriksen

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Lance Henriksen has been working steadily in the movies (and television) for decades now, and he has the elongated IMDB page to prove it. Even with nearly 200 titles to his name though he will most likely always be remembered for his work through the ’80s in films like The Terminator, Near Dark, Aliens, Pumpkinhead and more. Those films share something more than simple genre though — they’re also loaded with still memorable practical effects work. Granted, it was the ’80s, and CGI wasn’t exactly a known quantity, but the fact remains that nearly thirty years later we’re still impressed and affected by the scene in Aliens where Bishop (Henriksen) is grabbed by the alien queen, ripped in half and thrown along the floor. It’s accomplished with practical visual effects, and when the artists who crafted the scene (Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. of StudioADI ) set out to make their own Kickstarter-funded movie this year — a creature feature called Harbinger Down — Henriksen was one of the first people they called. Check out the monster-filled trailer for Harbinger Down below.

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As I’ve stated in previous Fund This Film posts, one of the main benefits of crowdfunding is that it offers opportunity for projects that Hollywood literally rejects. Filmmakers like Alex Cox, Ralph Bakshi and even Zach Braff have hit Kickstarter because their visions and methods don’t fit the industry standards and preferences these days and no mainstream production and financial outlets are interested in their works as they’re intended. Similarly, with computer effects being the go-to norm in moviemaking now, people wishing to work with practical effects need to go to fans of such tactile techniques in order to pay for it. We’ve already seen a few campaigns highlighting old school movie magic, including Cox’s effort, and now there’s one from animatronic and makeup wizards Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. If you’re not familiar with those guys by name, you know the creatures and other stuff they’ve done for such films as Aliens, The Terminator, Tremors, Spider-Man, X-Men: First Class, Evolution, Cocoon, Jumanji, Superman Returns, The Incredible Hulk and The Monster Squad. Gillis was nominated for an Oscar for both Alien 3 and Starship Troopers, and Woodruff was also nominated for Alien 3 and won an Academy Award for Death Becomes Her. Through their company, Amalgamated Dynamics, they also collaborated on the recent prequel/remake of The Thing, but they were disappointed to see most of their work on the movie replaced or augmented with CGI, and that’s part of why they’re doing this (similar-sounding) feature film called Harbinger Down themselves.

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31 Days of Horror - October 2011

They said it couldn’t be done. A fifth year of 31 Days of Horror? 31 more terror, gore and shower scene-filled movies worth highlighting? But Rejects always say die and never back away from a challenge, so we’ve rounded up the horror fans among us and put together another month’s worth of genre fun. Enjoy! Synopsis Months after a tragic climbing accident took away Preston Rogers’ (Matt McCoy) wife and his ability to walk he returns to the cabin near the scene of the incident. When a bevy of bouncy beauties take up residence in the cabin next door Preston understandably takes up a pair of binoculars, but when he witnesses a monstrous assault will anyone believe him? Or will they just think he’s a perverted Alfred Hitchcock fan with a Bigfoot fetish…

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31 Days of Horror - October 2011

They said it couldn’t be done. A fifth year of 31 Days of Horror? 31 more terror, gore and shower scene-filled movies worth highlighting? But Rejects always say die and never back away from a challenge, so we’ve rounded up the horror fans among us and put together another month’s worth of genre fun. Enjoy! Synopsis: Hell hath no fury like a slighted, backwoods widower with access to a witch. I mean, right? After country store owner Ed Harley’s (Lance Henriksen) simple life is shattered by the accidental death of his son under the wheels of a careless city slicker’s dirt-bike, he helps resurrect vengeance incarnate. The demon Pumpkinhead proceeds to stalk those Harley holds responsible for his son’s death, killing them more often than not by unnecessarily climbing on top of stuff and grabbing their faces. When Harley sees the error of his actions, it’s showdown time between he and the hell-beast he summoned.

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Meek, introverted accountant William Blake (Johnny Depp) journeys West from Cleveland to the mysterious town of Machine where he’s been promised a job, only to find that the job is taken and that the company owner, John Dickinson (Robert Mitchum), is a gun-toting sociopath who listens to nobody.

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We spoke with Kevin Heffernan, one-fifth of Broken Lizard and forever beloved for demanding a liter of cola as Farva in ‘Super Troopers’ and dying in a giant vat of beer in ‘Beerfest.’ In ‘The Slammin’ Salmon,’ the comedy troupe’s latest, he takes over the director’s chair.

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