Sunday Short Theatre – André Øvredal’s Tunnelen (The Tunnel)

This week’s Sunday Short Theatre choice comes from a very familiar, André Øvredal. The Norwegian filmmaker became a big Troll Hunter, The Autopsy Of Jane Doe, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark and more recently Mortal. Back in 2016 he created his short Tunnelen aka The Tunnel and four years after it was made the film has made it’s way onto the internet.

The film tells a story of a family on a car journey back from the beach, However,they live in an overpopulated world, which takes drastic, indiscriminate action to reduce the number of its inhabitants. Stuck in a tunnel which has those in it going only one way…literally!

The Tunnel may not break anything in originality, however taking something something as straightforward and a mundane commute, give it a few tweaks. Turn it a dystopian story, you have a tense and gripping watch.

Related: Film Review – Mortal (2020)

From director André Øvredal (Trollhunter, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark) an acclaimed sci-fi/horror short film. In an overpopulated future, a family returning from a day at the beach have to travel through a tunnel that serves a deadly second purpose.

Based off a classic short story by Alice Glaser, “The Tunnel” was the recipient of the “Méliès d’argent” awarded to Europe’s top genre films.

source: Short Of The Week

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