July 9, 2011

My new piece on The Tunnel is officially out on the GMANEWS.TV lifestyle channel. It’s so good I had to field it to a mainstream, network-owned website. If you haven’t downloaded the movie  yet, go do it now HERE

If you’re a horror fan then you ow it to yourself to check this one out, bub.

Excerpts from my piece are below. And if you want a more in-depth piece, my brief Q and A with director CARLO LEDESMA is still up over HERE.

Pinoy filmmaker directs viral horror movie The Tunnel


In the vast dark of the abandoned tunnels of Sydney, no one can hear you scream.

The premise behind The Tunnel, like many horror movies, starts out simple and ends with a lot of running, blood and terror-filled moments. Working in the fairly recent subgenre of “found footage” like Hollywood movies Cloverfield, Diary of the Dead and The Blair Witch Project, The Tunnel is set in the miles and miles of underground warrens of the Australian metropolis.

At the directorial helm is multi-awarded Filipino filmmaker Carlo Ledesma, who used to work on the popular local sports show Gameplan. A Bacolod-native, he moved to Sydney around 2005 and has since set up a thriving film making headquarters there.

“I do feel like I’ve hit my stride here, creatively and professionally,” says Ledesma. “Sydney is such a film-friendly place- the government is very supportive, the crews are world-class, and it is relatively easy to source out the latest in camera and sound equipment.”

The Tunnel follows a team of broadcast journalists as they track down a story regarding a possible government cover-up of Sydney’s water shortage by its own local government. While the documentarists do get the story they were looking for, something else finds them as well.

What secret creature skulks and hunts in the labyrinthine corridors where the darkness never goes out? It’s up to you to make up your own theory. One thing’s for sure, these monsters are fast, strong and can see in the dark. And when you’ve only got a camera light and some flashlights against them, things start to get very interesting very quickly. In an eye blink, The Tunnel becomes a study in survival horror. . .

Read the rest of the article HERE.

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