There have been several conspiracy theories conceived over the years that leave many wondering certain truths and questioning the reliability of their govenment. When an Australian news crew discovers a government cover-up involving Sydney’s homeless and its underground tunnels, their investigation brings them deep into an unimaginable situation. The film, The Tunnel, is a documentary-style horror, which hits U.S. shelves today.
The new horror follows the “found footage” style which has become quite popular in the last few years, focusing on a small group of journalists as they investigate their recent story. The film is written and produced by Australia-based filmmakers, Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey and is directed by Carlo Ledesma. Much of the movie was filmed on location in actual tunnels throughout Sydney.
The filmmakers recently spoke to Fangoria about their production, which was originally released via the internet to much acclaim. Tedeschi told the mag that he considers his movie to be more of an intense thriller rather than a “blood-and-guts” horror movie. He explains that the movie creates an atmosphere that will keep the audience on the edge of its seat without overwhelming individuals with blood and gore.
Tedeschi and Harvey told Fangoria that they wanted to make a film that felt like an actual documentary and not just a simple horror movie. Rather than fill the movie with nauseating “shaky cam” scenes typically seen throughout found footage films, The Tunnel includes character insights and experiences, like interviews, to make for a more cinematic piece with “production value”.
When asked how their film compares to the 2008 found footage film, Quarantine, which also follows a news team on location, the filmmakers insist that their movie is more realistic and much better.
Harvey explains to Fangoria, “We just knew that how that camera saw things, how it worked, how it moved, was going to say so much. Watching things like QUARANTINE, it doesn’t seem real, and as soon as you lost that sense of reality, it pulled down the story; it didn’t work the same way. You look at THE TUNNEL, and we like the way it feels bang-on. It feels like you’re really watching a news camera shooting.”
As previously noted, The Tunnel will not rely on blood and guts to scare its audience, and most of the violence that happens in the movie will not be seen on film. In his interview with the magazine, Tedeschi stated, ” If you can imagine people in that situation and the way they’re shooting, a lot of the violence comes fleetingly or happens off camera. What is left to the imagination can be a lot more brutal than anything you can throw all the blood and guts in the world at.”
I personally love found footage films because I find them to be extremely creepy–if done correctly. Despite the filmmakers comments, I actually enjoyed Quarantine and did not find it too farfetched. I mean, The Tunnel is a film about crazy-monsterous homeless people living in underground tunnels so, if that’s not a little farfetched, then, I don’t know what is.
I still think this movie sounds pretty awesome and I’m really looking forward to watching it. I’m also happy that the filmmakers chose to keep the violence off screen because I agree that what you can’t see is a lot scarier than what you can.
Look for The Tunnel on DVD now!