The Tunnel Reviews
For fans of found-footage films, it may be worth a watch if you've seen all the rest. Then again, if you've seen the rest you won't find anything new in this.
The documentary style definitely gives more credence as to why someone would keep filming when being chased down a dark tunnel, but the shakiness and horror tropes will give you the sense of dÃ©jÃ vu.
With the success of camcorder films such as Open Water, The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity, it's no surprise that we've been inundated with a slew of similar, camcorder low-budget features. Sadly very few replicate the success of the movies mentioned. Carlo Ledesma attempts to recreate the fear similar to that of The Descent (2005) in this documentary style, economical feature except it falls short. The style and attempt are both admirable but like Chernobyl Diaries (2011) the movie beings to get tedious as the characters are chased by creatures you never really see.
The unrecognisable cast offer a decent effort and while Ledesma's attempt is valiant, it isn't enough to save The Tunnel and transform in to a movie worth watching. This is really one to miss.
it's almost up there with 'Quarantine' and 'Grave Encounters' giving some clever scares and a feeling of semi-realism
the Australian journalist team ventures into the underground tunnel system for a story but recorded their own nightmarish story in the process
some kind of supernatural force has them trapped, going in circles, gouging their eyes out, and following them around every dark corner
the less you see the better which rarely works in this genre of filmmaking leaving the imagination the scariest thing that exists
you'll definitely feel like you're trapped underneath with these people hoping to see the light never go out
I thought it was good overall however I strongly feel that the movie would have been better done traditionally rather than as found footage/documentary. Also I found the first 1/3 or so of the movie to be somewhat boring and uneventful. I know the goal was to build up the characters but I feel that should have been done in the first ten minutes rather than the first 30 minutes.
As for the story I felt it was lacking a little. Everything was well done but I would have preferred some sort of twist or unexpected surprise at the end. I would have like to hear more about the story behind the "monster" present and that sort of thing.
Bottomline: Decent film if you like found footage/documentary style horror/suspense. If you find yourself too bored during the first 30 minutes maybe fast forward as it does get a bit better. Don't watch this movie expecting an intriguing story because you won't find it, ironically.
It's a little bit Blair Witch Project and a whole lot Death Line.
The concept of the film being a mockumentary rather than the standard "Found Footage" of Paranormal Activity 2, Cloverfield, The Last Exorcism etc. was an intriguing notion. It means that the underground shots (which are the film's focus) are interspersed with interviews and non-chronological footage. Though this struck me as a pleasant little flair of originality, it did sort of ruin the suspense that The Tunnel worked so hard on building up, continuously brining us back out of this terrifying world they created.
I did come across more than a few people asking if there was any more information about the events of the film. They had indeed assumed that the whole thing was an actual documentary. The world is full of pretty stupid people, but kudos still goes to Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey for an apparently believable script.
Sticking to the tried and true method of "less is more", The Tunnel barely even gives us glimpses of what's going on. Though I suppose this leaves them with room to move in the future, as well as giving them a more believable angle and, let's be honest, less money spent on SFX. I did still end up feeling ultimately cheated by it all however. Then again, how can you be cheated by a movie you can own for free?
While I'm on that, major damn props to Distracted Media and the crew behind The Tunnel for releasing it for free, and making it well known! It was a relatively inexpensive film to make, certainly, but it speaks for the team that they were happy to release their film to the public, caution to the wind, and hope it was just enjoyed.
Which, all in all, it was. I have a bit of a soft spot for Australian Horror, and for POV Horror, so it hit the right buttons for me and gets some points off the bat, I'll admit, but it's still a solid little piece of film. And let's face it, you can own it FOR FREE! What's your excuse or not giving it a chance? Make up yo' own damn minds, shit...