Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Tunnel

The Shining with Jack Nicolson was full of shocks. A masterpiece, it shocked but was as full of laughs much more than scare.

Nicholas Roeg's Don't Look Now was the first truly scary horror movie I ever saw. Full of suspense which didn't really come to a terrifying conclusion until the end.

Now I come across The Tunnel.

As an ex-caver and sometimes "urban explorer" this appealed.

"In 2007 the New South Wales government suddenly scrapped a plan to utilise the water in the disused underground train tunnels beneath Sydney. In 2008, chasing rumours of a government cover-up and urban legends surrounding the sudden backflip, investigative journalist Natasha Warner led a crew of four into the underground labyrinth. They went down into the tunnels looking for a story – until the story found them.

This is the film of their harrowing ordeal. With unprecedented access to the recently declassified tapes they shot in the claustrophobic subway tunnels, as well as a series of candid interviews with the survivors, we come face to face with the terrifying truth.

This never before seen footage takes us deep inside the tunnels bringing the darkness to life and capturing the raw fear that threatens to tear the crew apart, leaving each one of them fighting for their lives."

It is a free download although the makers would appreciate donations.

At the same time I discover that urban explorers have finally got into the London post office's underground railway system ... a kind of Golden Egg of UK urban exploration.

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