Reviewed by: Rees Savidis
Phillip Adrian Booth
What's it about
Five scantily clad university bimbos are dared to spend the night in an abandoned sanitarium while being watched and taunted by a couple of dickheads with expensive hair. But are they really the ones pulling the stings? When the fan turns brown, their only escape is through the titular tunnel that gives this flick its moniker.
Is it good movie?
The greatest thing about movies is that anyone can make them. That being said, the worst thing about movies…is that anyone can make them. Funny that. Incredibly cost-effective digital film technology rears its head and voila! – Everyone’s a filmmaker. I believe it’s what’s commonly referred to as a “double-edged sword.” It would be so easy for me to dismiss ‘Death Tunnel’ as just another smudge on the coat of our beloved genre, just another ninety minute throw-away shit-fest shipped en mass to clog up video store arteries. It would be too easy. But, being an opportunist (and an asshole), that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. When the saying, “Well, at least it’s got tits in it” doesn’t even help validate a films existence you know you’ve got problems. ‘Death Tunnel’ blows (and I own ‘Carnasaur’). Figure that one out.
The reasons (all my own) are far too numerous to list here, but they do concern things like: story, acting, directing (all uniformly shit) and editing - my god the editing. There’s a better chance of keeping a fat kid focused at a buffet than trying to keep up with all of Writer / DP / Editor / Director Phillip Adrian Booth’s antics. This fella has the patients of a New York cop when it comes to telling his story; and choosing a messy, choppy narrative style ripe with music video tricks and flashbacks (the lazy filmmaker’s crutch) does nothing to make matters any better. Imagine watching ‘Gothika’ while having a root-canal performed by the guy who just got edged out of a bronze medal at the Special Olympics and you’d be close to understanding the experience of sitting through ‘Death Tunnel.' Close.
Putting negativity aside for a moment, I will give Booth credit for shooting a pretty slick and polished movie. As unsavory as ‘Death Tunnel’ was, it was at least nice enough to look at. Now, putting niceties aside once again, saying “it was nice enough to look at” is sort of like saying, “Well, at least it’s got tits in it.”
Video / Audio
VIDEO: A very clean 1.78:1 anamorphic transfer.
AUDIO: Listen to this movie suck in glorious Dolby Digital 5.1
The extras on this disc are pretty light and fluffy. They are as follows:
Death is in Fashion: Here we bear witness to a 2 minute fashion shoot with the ladies of ‘Death Tunnel.’ Why? I dunno. Getting a peek at Director Phillip Adrian Booth as he snaps off photos of lingerie-clad bimbos, I got the feeling he’d be better suited to the runways of Milan than a horror film set.
Death Tunnel – Inside Look: A 21 minute making-of piece with interviews from the folks involved in bringing ‘Death Tunnel’ to life.
Behind the Scenes Photos: Here we are given a collection of, well…behind the scenes photos. I don’t know what else to say. They’re well developed?
Production Stills: See; Behind the Scenes Photos above.
Finally, we are treated to a triple shot of trailers for the likes of ‘Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King’, ‘Dirty’ and ‘Underworld: Evolution.’ All better films than ‘Death Tunnel.’
Films like ‘Death Tunnel’ are a dime-a-dozen. Do yourself a favor; save the dime and buy a gumball instead.