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Australia Wants To Scare The Sh*t Out Of You - For Free

By TK Burton | Trailers | December 9, 2010 |

By TK Burton | Trailers | December 9, 2010 |

Well, as far as gimmick films go, this is one of the more interesting. Below are the trailer and poster for the Australian film The Tunnel, about a news crew that travels underneath Sydney to investigate water resources. As you can imagine, shit goes wrong, although exactly what sort of shit that may be (zombies? ghosts? demons? vampires? midget albino cannibals?) is not revealed.

What makes the film interesting is that it’s got a strong online viral campaign going, and it’s completely fan-funded. Which on the surface is sometimes annoying — a lot of people thought the pleas for money for the Nazi mooonbase movie Iron Sky smacked of opportunism, but with The Tunnel, they’re going one step further — they’re releasing the film for free, via bittorrent.

This is actually a pretty awesome idea. If the movie sucks, who cares, you saw it for free. If it’s anything more than that — sweet! You saw it for free. In fact, if it succeeds and starts a trend, it’s the type of thing that could potentially panic the studios, and that’s never a bad thing. Conceived by Julian Harvey and Enzo Tedeschi and directed by Carlo Ledesma, it’s a pretty bold idea regardless of the outcome.

Anyway, here’s the poster, which is comprised of the first thousand people who donated (donations were $1 per frame of film and yes, I admit that I bought a few just for kicks). It’s actually a pretty cool poster (click it for a high resolution version):


And here’s the trailer. It feels a little bit like the Spanish [Rec], and it’s a wee bit generic, but given what’s going on behind the scenes, I’m still interested.

I’ll tell you, the foreign low-budge independent horror flicks are getting much more interesting than the American ones. Between films like [Rec], the single-take The Silent House, and this, there’s some real innovation going around the world. They may not all end up hits, but at least they’re trying new things. Instead of just making Saw 45.

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