Yo, can we talk about “Living Wall” for a sec?

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When I think about Living Wall, Lovecraft comes to mind.

In most of Lovecraft’s stories, some poor fool discovers a disturbing cosmic revelation in which their brain can’t handle and they are driven into madness. I’m certain that if this madness was interpreted into audio form, you would have Living Wall.

Imagine a brutal heavy deathcore track. Now, imagine that same track sped up one hundred percent. NOW, imagine a wall of noise on top of that sped up deathcore song.

It’s fucking insanity.

I’m not usually a fan of noise, at least it’s not something I listen to leisurely. I have always admired it as an art form. However, there is something so good, so appealing lurking inside the Living Wall bandcamp that I find myself returning to it often to subject myself to the chaos. And I love every second of it.

Living Wall is the brain child of Jason Ryan Holmes II (Bong Rips for Jesus, Hypodermix Dreamer 1999, Mother Network, Amoebosis, Viscera Gel Productions, and about a hundred other projects. Jesus I can’t keep up with this fucking guy!)

The bandcamp sports two very short releases: The Breaking Wheel, and DEMO. Both of these releases combined doesn’t even reach a run time of ten minutes. In grindcore fashion, the “songs”  only run about thirty seconds to a minute. In fact, it would take you longer to read the track names than listening to the actual track, with names such as “Tincture of Silver and Lead Poured Meticulously Into the Captive Orifice Which Spoke So Ill Upon Thy House: Clogged and Pressurized Internal Toxic Suffocation”. But it all plays into the anxiety induced theme. The songs themselves are so incoherent and distorted that you can put these albums on loop, and just sit there until your head twists off your shoulders, and you wouldn’t know where the fucking thing starts or where it stops. (Trust me, I’ve done it.)

So, if you’re into that sick twisted shit, stop in and give the bandcamp a whirl. It’s awesome.

 

GREEN HELL: A JAY CRIMSON FILM (Now Showing!)

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Ladies and Gents, we present to you GREEN HELL: A JAY CRIMSON FILM.

Two drug addicts in search of their next fix unintentionally stumble upon a strange experimental liquid that alters reality and brings the EVIL out of people.

This movie was written and directed by Tunnel to the Underground’s very own Jay Crimson (noclassjay3x) who writes Crimson’s Coroner, and was edited by me (justinthomassquires).

Jay approached me at the beginning of the summer (2013) with a movie he had filmed back in 2006 and 2007. He had a very rough edit of the movie and wanted to re edit and reshape the entire thing. After review of his rough cut I gladly jumped on board.

I began heavy post production at the end of the summer and worked into late October. After we finished post production we had three local showings where the movie was received well (Special thanks to Bryan Keefe for being our projectionist). 

Now we are happy to share this movie with the entire world.

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TUNNEL VISION: The Gore Shift ( #horror #indie #gore )

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***Tunnel Vision is a column that takes a look at underground and indie films/video and film making.***

I would like to share an extra cool horror series I stumbled on today. They call it The Gore Shift, and it’s fucking awesome.

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The Gore Shift is a cool web series that is hosted on Youtube. I found it today while surfing through Indie Talk, and I am very happy I did.

I have been in horror mode for a few months now (not sure I am ever out of horror mode really) so I have been in search of cool indie horror films to talk about on Tunnel Vision. And as if to answer my prayers I stumble unto what can only be described as a twisted, more explicit take on popular anthology shows such as Twilight Zone and the Outer Limits.

From The Gore Shift’s own site

The Gore Shift rose from the ideas of three aspiring film makers who grew up on horror. Within a few short months of knowing each other scripts were planned and written. Filming began in early February on a shoe string budget and a yearning to make the best short horror films possible. The internet as a medium allows us to push the boundaries that theatrical or otherwise mainstream methods would impose upon them. Season One is only the start.

So what we have here is a very small group of underground filmmakers, who are very passionate about horror, going to work to create an awesome horror anthology series. What’s not to love about that?

Let’s talk about the episodes they already have out. Three in total.

First, let’s direct some attention on their awesome opening segment, that is found at the beginning of all the episodes.

We can already see that their cinematography is great, and their creativity is even greater. Nice, crisp, and creepy. Can we talk a little about those giant fly head things?! Very cool.

I started out by watching 30 seconds of episode 3. I liked it right away. I immediately stopped playing the video and went all the way to the beginning, episode one.

The first episode is called Idee’ Fixe, which pretty much means fixation.

I was already impressed by what I had seen, but when the first episode got started, I was super impressed. You could see just how talented the crew running this was. The lighting was awesome, sounds design was good, soundtrack was fitting, cinematography was great, and the acting was impressive.

Let’s not forget about the story. They got right into the subject matter, which was obviously about strange fixations on a topic I am all to familiar with. I will let you watch it so as not to spoil anything.

This entire episode was actually pretty original, and did not succumb to the many horror cliches out there, which was very refreshing to say the least.

And BTW. GORE! The show has it in the title, and they do it very well.

One thing I liked about this was that they posted behind the scenes footage for their episodes.

This is really important to me as a film maker. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, watching the innards of the production. I got to see the crew and some of the cool tricks they used. And as I predicted, the nice picture quality was due to the use of some kind of Canon DSLR. Although I am not sure the exact model.

It also came to my attention that they were using things like clamp lights. If that’s all they used for lighting then I give them huge PROPS! They did mention a shoe string budget. And I am all to familiar with that, because my entire lighting artillery is clamp lights, and I operate on ZERO budget (which is why I rarely operate at all)

NEXT UP: EPISODE TWO

I actually had a hard time finding episode two. Why? Because of the title: The Making of the Gore Shift

I thought is was more behind the scenes footage. What I came to find out was that they decided to take a stab at the found footage/POV genre. I was down with that.

They also very cleverly tied it in with the show itself. Disguising the POV Horror short as behind the scenes footage was creative as fuck!

The acting is this episode was superb, and very believable. Thumbs up on that one guys.

That;s all I am going to touch on for this episode, don’t want to spoil it for anyone.

And Last But Not Least!

We come to the episode that started this madness for me. Episode Three: Good Boy.

What we have here is a B&W horror short. It is all around much more simple in design, and more intimate to boot.

The acting is once again great, especially for such an underground production. Not surprising that there was so much passion, since the lead was played by writer/director Andy Carillo, who also served  as writer/director or the first episode.

This one was dialog driven, it left you hanging for a bit (not in a bad way) while you tried to put the story together. And really, at the end you may still be trying to put the story together. It only hints at what could be going on. That is part of the magic with this episode.

The episode also cuts to intense and bizzare imagery from time to time, making the whole thing a little more artsy than the last two. This is not for the worse, in fact, I am having a hard to deciding if this episode is actually my favorite out of the bunch.

It’s hard to say, because these are all great pieces if work.

In the end, what I can tell you is this: The minds behind this underground gem are super creative and headed in the right direction. No, scratch that, they have already reached their destination

The Gore Shift is a great accomplishment, and is something I will be paying attention to for the rest of my internet days.

We will post new episode here on Tunnel Vision. Until then, go check these guys out: Main Website Facebook Twitter

New Net-Label “Murder Gore Records” launches, re-releases Tunnel to the Underground Volumes 1-3+666 ( #netlabels #undergroundmusic )

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Earlier this week I learned that Justin Lefebvre (Deadskin, DJ R3v3r3nd Murd3r, Deadknife Records ) was launching a new Net Label called: Murder Gore Records.

I was pleased to learn that every Tunnel to the Underground comp to date would be  co-hosted on the label’s new catalog!

Very exciting news. Go check out Murder Gore Records new catalog HERE.

A big thanks to Justin Lefebvre! for his continued support of the Tunnel to the Underground.

TUNNEL VISION: Mitch Massie Should Make a Movie. ( #mitchmassie #horror #gore )

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Mitch Massie has been a busy man in the past two years. The one man music video making machine has directed the infamous Cattle Decapitation videos, and has also crafted two amazing videos for The Dillinger Escape Plan.

Now, neither of these bands fit the criteria for our strict KEEP IT UNDERGROUND rule, BUT, the man responsible for these glorious music videos is pretty underground.

I’m not sure why, but the bands themselves get more praise for the videos than the man who created them. So Mr. Massie is still Underground in terms of fan exposure. I am sure this will not always be the case, but for now, I consider him underground and independent.

NOW TO THE TOPIC OF DISCUSSION.

When you watch such videos as THESE (article continues after videos)

CATTLE DECAPITATION Forced Gender Reassignment video – Videos on Demand – Metal Injection from Chris Brown on Vimeo.

Then you may have come to the same conclusion as I have. Massie if fucking good at GORE.

But not JUST gore. There is so much symbolism in his videos that it could make your head spin for days.

So I will make this short and sweet. Mitch Massie. You sir, should make or work on a horror/psychological film.

The End.

CRIMSON’S CORONER

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Jay Crimson speaking and this is my first entry in the Tunnel To The Underground blog titled “Crimson’s Coroner”. Tonight I would like to reach out to all of you vintage horror movie lovers out there and talk about two films I consider classics of the genre.

If you are looking for old school cinematography at its finest in Gothic macabre in the same vein as the old Universal movie monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein or The Mummy but want an increased level of on-screen blood and gore, then have I got two gems for you!

So it was around the summer of 2007 and I was hanging out with my good friend (now fellow band mate/guitarist of No Class Assassins) Dave Kelsey and he tells me he bought a few cheap DVDs from a dollar store in town. I asked if I could take a look at them and he throws me three cheap dollar store versions of older movies, ya know the ones that have cheap cardboard cases the plastic disc just sits in? Yeah those. I decided on borrowing one titled “The Werewolf Vs The Vampire Woman.” Now I figured that this movie was just going to be a boring cheese-fest that I am used to walking right pass or pay no attention to. In my opinion, I got an underrated and overlooked classic horror movie!

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“The Werewolf Vs The Vampire Woman” (1971) is about a chick named Elvira (oddly enough) that is searching for the lost tomb of Countess Wandessa in the French Countryside with the aid of her close friend Genevieve. The girls run into a man named Waldemar Daninsky, who invites the women to stay as long as they like in his castle. Waldemar knows a bit about the area and the legends of Countess Wandessa, so he decides to lend a hand and show the girls around. Little do the ladies know that Waldemar has a few skeletons in his closet too! \m/

This movie is filled with enough pentagrams, fangs, blood and boobs to make even the crookedest of pastors thrust his hips in excitement. I love this film because its retro (I’m a sucker for old school shit), its dark, creepy and is like a fine wine. Aged in excellence.

the werewolf vs vampire woman coverRewind to sometime in 2006…Me and my buddy Ninja Boy were on a mission for a copy of The Blob (1988) with my Buick Skylark on a full tank of gas. I accidentally stumbled upon a copy of “Burial Ground” AKA “Nights Of Terror”. Which looked like some sort of made-for-TV movie series VHS tape. I seen a few interesting things on the back of the box, so I decided to rent it. It turned out to be one of the most creepy and eerie ‘undead’ horror films I’ve ever watched!

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“Burial Ground” AKA “Nights Of Terror” (1981) is a movie beginning with an archeologist making a discovery in a cave, and then the trouble begins. These zombies are the creepiest I’ve seen in movie history. Literally rotting bodies! \m/ They also use tools in this film, which makes for a more interesting movie in my opinion. 7 people start searching for the missing archeologist and chaos soon begins! Muahahahahahahaha! This movie rules! It does have a intriguingly comical fucked up incest scene too, so check this baby out!

burial ground 1981 vhs front & back2I strongly suggest if you have some time to kill and you are into old school horror and arent one of those people who refuse to give them a chance simply because they are from a different era….kick back and watch these two movies.  Let me know what you think about them! I got the youtube links below!                                               ~ JDS