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The Tunnel DVD Review

The recent phenomenon of ‘crowd funding’ film projects through sites like Kick-starter has not really borne any real fruit yet.

With projects like the upcoming prequel to Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon being solely funded through Kickstarter donations it’s only a matter of time before one of these projects hits big and changes the system forever. In the meantime after the recent Absentia showed what you can do with performance, atmosphere and a low budget made up of donations, now we have the Australian internet funded movie The Tunnel.

The Tunnel is presented in the faux documentary format and follows the misfortune of a journalist Natasha Warner (Bel Delia) and her crew (Andy Rodoreda, Steve Davis and Luke Arnold) who find an intriguing piece of footage on YouTube that leads then to believe that there may be a story lurking in the sewers below Sydney. They
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Watch The Entire Event Zero Webseries Here!

The winning webseries in the 2011 Movie Extra Webfest 2.0 competition, Event Zero, has now been released in its entirety.The first episode launched on May 22 as a teaser to the rest of the series, and has received over 9000 views, many of which were from you, our readers! So if you enjoyed Episode 1, check out the rest of the webseries below. About Event Zero: Created by Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey (producers of The Tunnel), Event Zero stars a host of Australian actors including Zoe Carides (Crownies, Out of the Blue), Valentino Del Toro (Gabriel, Underbelly: Infiltration), Harry Pavlidis (Gabriel, East West 101, All Saints) and Steve Davis (The Tunnel). As well as collaborations with several directors including Carlo Ledesma (The Tunnel), Andrew Traucki...
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The creators of The Tunnel release Event Zero on YouTube

Coming off the success of The Tunnel, production partners Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey have released the first episode of their seven part web series, Event Zero.

.We wanted The Tunnel to appear real in every way., says Harvey, producer and co-creator of the hit Australian horror film, .but for Event Zero, we.re going for a hugely cinematic feel. Hopefully people will be caught off guard by what we accomplished with the money we had. We wanted to show people that we could tackle the big scenes..

Event Zero is a collection of seven stories all centered on a train derailment near Circular Quay. When the emergency services arrive at the scene, seemingly unaffected people begin to die. The story is loosely based on the 1995 Sarin gas attacks in Tokyo.

Tedeschi and Harvey received funding for Event Zero through Screen Australia and Movie Extra after their concept won the 2012 Movie Extra Webfest 2.0 competition.
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Premiere: Event Zero, The New Web-series From The Creative Team Behind The Tunnel

Movie Extra Webfest 2.0 winning web-series, Event Zero, has just premiered on Movie Extra's YouTube Channel. The first episode of the seven-part series has been embedded below for your viewing pleasure. It looks fantastic. About Event Zero: Created by Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey (producers of The Tunnel), Event Zero stars a host of Australian actors including Zoe Carides (Crownies, Out of the Blue), Valentino Del Toro (Gabriel, Underbelly: Infiltration), Harry Pavlidis (Gabriel, East West 101, All Saints) and Steve Davis (The Tunnel). As well as collaborations with several directors including Carlo Ledesma (The Tunnel), Andrew Traucki (The Reef) and Shane Abbess (Gabriel).Event Zero tells seven interconnected stories of people caught up in an event much bigger than they are. A report comes in of a...
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Telluride Horror Show reviews: The Tunnel

Terrifying Australian import does for the underground what The Blair Witch Project did for the woods...

During the weekend of October 14-16, I was given the rather happy duty of co-hosting the 2nd Annual Telluride Horror Show in Telluride, Colorado. The following review is one of a selection of film features and shorts that I had the opportunity to screen during my tenure as co-host. Keep an eye out for more reviews from the Telluride Horror Show!

It's no secret that contemporary horror films that use the 'found footage' motif owe a substantial part of their inspiration to The Blair Witch Project. Every like-minded movie in the past 12 years has been inevitably compared to that fright-fest in the Maryland woods, a brilliant movie that I personally count among the scariest of all time. As wonderful as the idea is of putting viewers in a position to be 'part of the action',
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Event Report: Screamfest La 2011: - Exclusive Opening Night Photo Gallery

With the 11th annual Screamfest La Film Festival having kicked off October 14th (it runs through the 22nd at Manns Chinese 6 in Hollywood, CA at Hollywood and Highland), Dread Central hit the carpet that night to bring you some eye candy and to catch a screening of director Kim J-hoon’s Korean monster flick Sector 7 in 3D.

Check out our overflowing gallery below, and then get your tickets to the venerated event by clicking here.

Those walking the black carpet and in attendance for the packed opening included (take a breath) the following: Gravedancers director Mike Mendez, Abominable director Ryan Schifrin, actresses Chelsea Rendon and Jessica Cameron, Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli, Madison County director Eric England and actors Ace Marrero and Matt Mercer, The Tunnel director Carlo Ledesma with producers Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey and actors Steve Davis and Bel Delia, actor-producer Tom Malloy (The Alphabet Killer), filmmaker
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2011 Bloodfest Fantastique: Award Winners

The first annual Bloodfest Fantastique genre film festival — which recently wrapped in Melbourne, Australia and was organized by the good folks of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival — has given out a slew of awards to films, filmmakers and actors. The big winner of the fest? The Sydney-based horror flick The Tunnel, directed by Carlo Ledesma.

The Tunnel took home three awards, including Best Film. Becoming a festival favorite is an especially interesting feat for a film that has eschewed the traditional distribution route and is already available for free online for anybody to view who wants to BitTorrent it through a deal with Paramount Pictures. The film also won Best Cinematography for the work of co-d.P.s Shing Fung Cheung and Steve Davis; while Davis also shared the Best Supporting Actor award with Michael Rooker, who appeared in Penance.

Amother big winner was Bloodfest’s Opening Night film Come and Get Me.
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The Tunnel is Bloody Fantastique

The Tunnel won big at the Bloodfest Fantastique Film Festival in Melbourne on Saturday, 18 June.

Winning Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Actor (Steve Davis), The Tunnel also closed the festival.

The Tunnel beat out Primal, The Reef and Come and Get Me for Best Film.

Released simultaneously on Bit Torrent’s online network, as a 2 disc DVD through Transmission and shown on Showtime Premiere which was soon followed by an exclusive theatrical run in Sydney. The film is also Australia’s first movie to be available as an i-Pad app.
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The Tunnel Review: A Damn Fine Horror Movie Lurks Below

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It's near-impossible to discuss The Tunnel without addressing the inherent gimmickry. It's a singularly unusual film, not just because of its content, but also because of the history behind its creation. Funded directly through fan contributions via what became known as The 135K Project ($135,00 being the estimated budget), The Tunnel was created through voluntary contributions. Then, to make things even more unusual, it was released entirely for free, via Bittorent. It's an impressive undertaking and an intriguing set of ideas, one that makes for worthwhile conversation before we even begin talking about the film itself. It's been garnering minor attention over the course of its development from several movie sites (we showed a couple of their trailers as well), and on May 19th, it was finally released. DVD copies are available for purchase, though viewers can still legally and freely obtain the film through torrent downloading.

All of that finally
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The Tunnel and Descending Deeper and Deeper: A Movie Review

Director: Carlos Ledesma.

Writers: Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey.

The Tunnel is an independent Australian feature from The 135K Project production company and writers Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey. This feature is unique, by allowing fans of filmmaking to purchase frames from the production, to partially fund this film. Now, horror fans can freely download The Tunnel through legal bittorrents. Released May 19th, The Tunnel is a claustrophobic look at a creature living hundreds of feet below Sydney. Here, several news reporters find an exclusive news story that is very hazardous to their health.

The film begins with Natasha (Bel Delia), Peter (Andy Rodoreda), Steve (Steve Davis) and Tangles (Luke Arnold) venturing deep below grounds, in search of a horrifying news story. Apparently, several homeless people have disappeared in several pre-World War II bomb shelters. Their disappearances and rumours of lumbering monsters are also holding up a water recycling program.
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Indie Thriller Alert: Carlo Ledesma's Second Teaser for Horror Thriller The Tunnel is Released Here!

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A second, longer teaser trailer is available for Carlo Ledesma's The Tunnel. This film is currently being shot in Australia under an abandoned train station. In the trailer, several characters descend into the station and not only find a controversial story involving water storage, but a terror awaiting beneath.

This film made waves for using a unique form of distribution - bit torrents. Also, the film was financed through the sale of each individual frame for a dollar. Click on the poster left and see the first 1000 financial contributors listed in tiny lettering. Also, check out the second teaser for this independent horror production below.

The full synopsis for The Tunnel here:

"In 2007 the New South Wales government suddenly scrapped a plan to utilize the water in the disused underground train tunnels beneath Sydney's St James Train Station.

In 2008, chasing rumours of a government coverup and
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