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

TUNNEL TO THE UNDERGROUND & CRIMSON’S CORONER PRESENTS

GREEN HELL: A JAY CRIMSON FILM

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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TELL ALL YOUR FUCKING FRIENDS. ❤

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Pixelated Horror: Lone Survivor and The Last Door

In the past year I have been turned on to video games that are independently developed.

What is it that turns me on about indie games? Mainly it’s the fact that I find the games I am truly looking for coming from the indie guys.

I am not as old school as mario, but I am very attached to my days sucking the tit of the very first playstation.

As each generation of gaming comes to pass in the mainstream, I become less interested. This is because newer games stray farther away from what originally got me into gaming in the first place.

I am a big fan of survival horror, puzzle solving type games. Or games that immerse you into atmosphere in general.

I think that is why I found these games I am about to blog about so interesting. They borrow heavily from some classic horror games, while totally immersing you into the dark world in which they hail.

(Some Spoilers Ahead)

So first we talk about…

LONE SURVIVOR

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Lone Survivor is a 2D survival horror game developed by Jasper Byrne. It borrows really heavily from Silent Hill in a very non apologetic kind of way. And to that I say GOOD.  As far as I am concerned Konami and Silent Hill have been regurgitating the same old garbage since Team Silent left the house after Silent Hill 4. So,  playing this is almost like playing the Silent Hill I have been waiting for, for so many years. An ORIGINAL take, free of Pyramid Heads.

Even though it borrows from Silent Hill in atmosphere and mood, it still holds it’s own candle in many ways. The gameplay and dynamics are pretty damn original, and are true to the survival horror genre.

You must forage for food and eat regularly to keep up your health and vitality. You can combine food items to make a more energy efficient snack, and some items you can’t eat until you find another item needed in combination. Such as a can opener to open your canned goods.

Some other cool survivor horror elements include having to use your ammo and health rations sparingly. The bullet to monster ratio is very one sided, just like it should be in any good survival horror (Resident Evil take note…)

Oh yeah, and Lone Survivor is pretty fucking trippy too.

Most of the dialog is so bizarre that  it has you scratching your head.

Not to mention you can take different pills before you sleep, so that you can meet up with weird entities in dreamland who help you out by giving you different kinds of rations (depending on what pill you take) ect.

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Some other ways this game delivers the survival horror goods is how it uses location based puzzle solving, sending you back and forth between a series of locations in order to find different pieces to the puzzle. This immerses you into the game in a solid way, making you familiar with you surroundings. It even gives you a map (which will remind you of your first trip to the school house in Silent Hill).

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One more thing to touch on before I move on is the art direction. This game is pure pixelation. You can tell that  Jasper Byrne was gun ho about making this game a pixel fest, and it works extremely well.

Even though at first your brain is kind of like “Where the fuck is the definition?” you will be surprised with how well your noggin fills in the blank spaces. After playing for a few minutes, it wasn’t hard to really take in the entire atmosphere. This game probably would not have the same appeal if it wasn’t pixel art. It adds to that grainy raw atmosphere I crave in a horror game such as this.

And oh yeah, it has monsters in it.

I will leave you with the trailer.

Follow Lone Survivor on Facebook HERE

Visit the official website and play the demo or purchase the Director’s Cut HERE

Ok so, next on the pixel horror fest list

THE LAST DOOR

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Okay I just started playing this game, and boy oh boy am I excited about it. (Special thanks to that guy tooth_eye for suggesting this game)

The Last Door is a Point and Click Horror Adventure game.

First thing that excites me (horror elements aside) is the modern approach that the development team (Game Kitchen) took on the production of this game.
1. They used the crowd-sourcing site Kickstarter to partially finance it.
2. They are releasing it in episodes, which is awesome.

Because of this production’s nature (crowd-sourcing), you get to see a more intimate relationship between the fans and the producers.
From what I can tell, they even let either their beta testers, or project backers write some of the object descriptions. At this point I’m not sure which (beta or backers?).

So the production itself is extremely organic. They release an episode and get feedback which directly effects the production of their next episode.

Now let’s get into the game itself.

As I said earlier, The Last Door is a point and click horror adventure game. It is puzzle oriented. And just like Lone Survivor, it uses location based puzzle solving, sending you around the same locations until you have milked it for every mystery it has to offer.

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Speaking  of locations, the atmosphere is Gothic and Lovecraftian in nature. That fact alone is enough to make me wet.

This game is also uber pixelated, leaving very little definition to your character and his surroundings. But like I said before, your brain fills in the blanks beautifully, and you play through it just as easily as you would most high def games that currently run on the newest of graphic engines.

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This game is much more story oriented, which is something I enjoy. There is a solid plot unfolding as you get further into the game. It is revealed in both dialog and through notes and memoirs found throughout your locations. That is a classic survival horror move.

The story is of course full of mystery and horror, fans of Poe and Lovecraft will get their kicks.

Anyway, I am only into Episode Two (of Three) thus far. Only because I am a cheap bastard and cannot afford to donate to gain access to the third episode at the moment. But, as soon as I can I will, because this is something worth funding.

The first two episodes are free to play on their website.

Here is the trailer.

You can play the first episodes and donate to the cause HERE

And you can follow The Last Door On Facebook HERE.

Now I will say this, and this is in relation to both games mentioned in this post. The fact that both of the indie developers opted to use pixel art is significant.

It allows you to use your imagination, and what the game lacks in definition, your brain fills it with something usually more horrifying than any graphic can portray. Especially in dark areas.

Whatever, I am just trying to say that the pixel art works for these games more than it works against them. It is a style all on it’s own, and lately it is becoming more acceptable which is cool. I know I enjoy it. I also enjoyed it when I played the indie game Anodyne earlier this year as well, it worked to the same effect.

So, take note guys and gals. Support your underground and independent developers. They have ALOT to offer.

Technology has given us the gift of collaborating directly with those who produce media for our own enjoyment. Do not take that for granted. Help fund indie projects when you can spare the money. Especially if it’s something that you wouldn’t mind playing.

These guys are putting out games I WANT TO PLAY.

And on that note…

GREEN HELL: THE ONLINE PREMIERE!

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Tunnel to the Underground and CRIMSON’S CORONER will be hosting the online premiere of GREEN HELL: A JAY CRIMSON FILM.

So what the fuck is GREEN HELL anyway?

Well, it’s a drugged out horror flick made to play like a damaged VHS tape.

Jay Crimson (who writes a column on this blog called Crimson’s Coroner) contacted me early this summer and asked me if I wanted to edit this horror film he had been sitting on since 2006-07. Upon review of his rough cut I hopped on board. We wrapped up post production by Halloween and had our first local premiere, followed by two others.

We now would like to share this thing with the world (for a moment in time at least)

Thus we will be hosting the video on youtube and letting it stream for a week.

You will be finding the main page here on the blog November 24th, and the movie will stream until the 30th.

You can join the official facebook event page HERE to keep updated. Or just keep checking back at the blog.

In the mean time. CHECK OUT THE TRAILER!

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

CRIMSON’S CORONER: V/H/S AND V/H/S 2

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Crimson here to let some of you in on two great finds…..V/H/S and V/H/S 2!

I heard about the first V/H/S through a Fangoria magazine and I knew I had to give it a shot. The film is done in the way of an anthology of short stories, much like Twilight Zone: The Movie, Creepshow, Tales From The Darkside…etc. One thing separates these films from the others though….the stories are all linked and shown to you through the concept of “found footage” films The Blair Witch Project made popular. This is done so much better though, in my opinion. I feel about it much like I felt about 2012’s Cabin In The Woods….so creative and original that I wish I would’ve came up with it myself.

My favorite part of V/H/S is the first short titled “Amateur Night” in which a group of buddies rent a hotel room with the hopes of bringing back some girls for an orgy. They rig a hidden camera on the nerdy friend’s glasses so they can document the events. Needless to say, it doesn’t quite turn out the way that they were planning.

vhs-image09top_20_mejores_peliculas_2012_reseña_critica_07_Tierra_Freak_Tierrafreak.com.arV/H/S debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in January 2012 and was released on demand August 31, 2012. If you can’t handle the “shaky-cam” technique, you probably will not enjoy this film. If you can put aspects of what you think you know about “found footage” films aside and give this movie a watch, you might fall in love the way I did.
945396_10151449041922322_1652299371_nWe all know how sequels can be. Some can be pretty unwatchable watered down versions of their predecessor.  I found this to NOT be the case with V/H/S 2.

V/H/S 2 is a lot like V/H/S when it comes to how the stories are told but the stories that are told are just as good, if not better than the original film. This sequel is by far more violent than the first movie. It starts up with the same flow as the original and then it smacks you with a “Safe Haven” story that has more on-screen violence then I have seen in recent history (with the exception of the newest Evil Dead). Sources say that the movie was rushed into production in late 2012 and that it was expected to be a let down and pale in comparison to the first film. I do not agree with those sources. While it may have been rushed into production, it gave me everything I love about horror…frightening images and on-screen gore!!!!!!

v-h-s-2 VHS_2_Safe_Haven_1_5_13_13V/H/S 2 also made its on-screen debut at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013…only one year later than it’s original. I couldn’t tell you at this current time which film I like best due to the fact that, for me, they both have what I like to call the “grab” factor…meaning it makes you pay attention. In which case, I would have to say these movies will be looked at differently in years down the road. If not…it is a goddamn shame that these movies will most likely not get the attention they deserve. Such is the case for 80% of the films I personally find art in. Well, enough reading my opinions about them….watch them and tell me what you think!

                                                                                                   – JDS

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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.

NEW BLOGGER ALERT!: Jay Crimson (noclassjay3x)

Tunnel to the Underground would like to officially welcome aboard Jay Crimson to the Shovel Bums crew.

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 Jay Crimson is the vocalist of Hardcore Metal band No Class Assassins (2009-Present) from Saint Clair County, MI. He hosts his own podcast radio show “No Class Radio” on Spreaker.com. Crimson is also a part time paranormal investigator with Black River Paranormal and has plans to direct his own horror films. He is big into music (metal, hardcore punk), Pro-wrestling and is quite the horror film buff. From 2004-2006, Jay Crimson was an underground competitor in the “TCW” (Total Chaos Wrestling) promotion out of Saint Clair County and has had multiple bouts in hometown areas as well as Detroit, MI under the pseudonym “The Crimson Ghost” from his love of (Horror-Punk band) The Misfits.

WELCOME TO THE TUNNEL JAY!

Jay has already written an awesome column for us so far titled “Crimson’s Coroner.” Check that out HERE