Now there probably is a rundown mental hospital in Kentucky, but that's about where the truth of Death Tunnel (oh God, that title) ends. As near as I can tell -- as the film not only makes no sense, it's told in flash-forward for the bulk of the movie) -- the film begins in a bar, as the five coeds with the largest breasts are recruited (or sort-of kidnapped) to participate in a game (or some kind of torture) in the aforementioned abandoned mental institution. The girls are knocked out, bound, and their faces covered with gas masks. When they wake up, they're in the hospital with unclear goals, though we presume they're supposed to escape. A voice over the intercom intones the film's catchphrase -- "five floors, five girls, five hours" -- which is somehow the basis for the movie.
As implausible as the setup is, it actually gets worse. Girls murder each other, then take showers -- showers -- in the dank, freezing sanitorium. Hey, I'm all for the flesh, but not if I can actually feel my brain rotting into mush while I'm watching it.
Avoid at all costs.
Run time: 97 mins
In Theaters: Wednesday 11th January 2006
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Contactmusic.com: 1 / 5
IMDB: 2.7 / 10
Director: Philip Adrian Booth
Producer: Christopher Saint Booth, Shane Dax Taylor
Screenwriter: Christopher Saint Booth, Philip Adrian Booth, Shane Dax Taylor
Starring: Steffany Huckaby as Heather, Melanie Lewis as Devon, Yolanda Pecoraro as Elizabeth, Kristin Novak as Ashley, Annie Burgstede as Tori, Jason Lasater as Richie, Gary Wolf as Gio, Robyn Corum as Leah, Gill Gayle as Professor, Brian Dyer as Dr. Vangard, Reenie Varga as Ghost Nurse, Jilon Ghai as Mason, Jesse Bernstein as Cameron, George W. Harr Jr. as Death in Sanatorium, B.J. Winslow as Death in Morgue, Joan Farrell as Traci, Laura Corum as Nurse from Past, Sarah Tilford as Lizzie the Ghost Girl, Lucy Cabrera as Lizzie in Past, Annika Klein as Little Girl in Car