As much as I love settle into my theater for a genuinely entertaining mega-budget blockbuster like Guardians of the Galaxy, I think I like discovering the smaller, more under-the-radar sci-fi flicks even more. For instance, I hadn’t even heard of the Australian science fiction thriller Terminus until about 20 minutes ago, but thanks to a moody and unsettling teaser, now I’m itching to know more about it. I’d say job well done, Terminus teaser. Go ahead and take an early lunch while the rest of GFR-dom watches the embed up top.
There aren’t many concrete details we can take away from that teaser, but I kind of love that. Far too many trailers reveal the whole damn enchilada months before the movie hits theaters. A little mystery goes a long way, especially when it comes to a smaller flick like this. And there’s no shortage of mystery when it comes to Terminus. This flick has the most spartan IMDb page I’ve ever seen, almost like they’re intentionally toying with me by withholding information. Well, I’m onto you, Terminus! And also I’m going to buy a ticket to see your movie, damn it!
Here’s the characteristically vague synopsis from the film’s Facebook page:
Following a near-fatal accident, David Chamberlain makes an unprecedented discovery that will not only determine the fate of his family, but of mankind.
Okay, so what can we extrapolate just based on that ambiguous teaser? Well, based on the fireball at the eight-second mark, I think we can safely say the story will involve some sort of extraterrestrial object crashing to Earth, whether it’s a vessel or just a space rock carrying something nasty. We see some sort of freaky substance seeming to wrap around a dude’s hand, followed immediately by a shot where it looks like somebody’s leg is growing back. So maybe an alien goop that has restorative powers? Given the ominous music and all the shots of people in protective hazmat gear, I’m guessing it isn’t all benevolence and medical miracles.
Terminus was directed by Marc Furmie, who also co-wrote the flick with Shiyan Zheng and Gabriel Dowrick. It’s Furmie’s first full-length feature directing credit, but if Terminus proves to be good, he might be one to keep an eye on. His next film, Airlock, is also a science fiction tale, involving a death aboard a space station. You can watch two episode of the Event Zero webseries that he directed below.