Ten Years On: The Tunnel

For this ‘Ten Years On’ post we take a look back at “The Tunnel”.

What would you say if I told you that this Horror film was marketed as a free film, can you imagine that.

Well believe it because it’s true, this film decided to go down a different route in it’s promotion and offered the film for free on BitTorrent. Very unconventional but it worked, it garnered the film a lot of attention that it may not have done otherwise, I tip my hat to the film-makers for it’s out of the box thinking.

The film was actually crowd funded ($135,000) and it also had different ways of raising money even once the film was released, for example I bought an individual digital frame from the film. I’m actually curious to know how much was raised through this process, again out of the box thinking.

The film itself is one I really enjoyed, it’s a mixture of a mockumentary, found footage, monster film. I will openly admit that this film is certainly not for everyone, some will find it boring and whilst it does take a bit of time to get going it helps build the story and in my opinion it’s a very well crafted story.

As I said it does take a bit of time to get going but I found the pacing of the film worked perfectly, it requires your patience and it makes you pay attention to what’s going on. You can see a ton of effort went into every aspect of this film and as a viewer you really have to thank them for that.

Ten years on and I still enjoy “The Tunnel” and have still to see a film have an online campaign like it did. There was word of a sequel, “The Tunnel: Dead End”, that would carry on the story but it seems to be stuck in development hell.

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