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Voices In the Tunnels: IN Search of the Mole People

Erik Oberholtzer , Kenny Chery  |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Erik Oberholtzer, Kenny Chery, Vic David, Jennifer Toth, The Mole People
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Studio 7NY
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2008
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013S7NI0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,938 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Voices In the Tunnels: IN Search of the Mole People" on IMDb

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I remember reading an interview with death tripping nihilist film maker Richard Kern in 'Film Threat' somewhere in the late 80's, where he talked wanting to make a film about the vast legion of people living underground, in the subway tunnels and sewers of New York City. He referred to them as 'The Worms', because their skin had bleached itself white from lack of sunlight, and said that a few of them had gone crazy and taken to worshipping 'Girly Girl', one of Peter Bagge's characters from his old comic book, 'Neat Stuff'. He might have also mentioned that they'd turned into cannibals, like in that old Donald Pleasance movie, Raw Meat, although I might have just imagined that part. At any rate, I was in college for media production at the time, so of course, I got a camera crew together, and we spent a rather uneventful couple of weeks trying to film our own version of the Worm documentary here in Boston. Many hours were spent trying to pry open manhole covers, and once we finally popped one off and climbed ten feet down, all we found was an empty, rather clean hallway with a few locked doors. An excursion into the subway tunnels was more fruitful, as there were, in fact, clusters of homeless guys living there, but they were all colored normally, were not eating each other, and we just ended up spending an uneventful evening with them, drinking jugs of Carlo Rossi and listening to classic rock radio on an old transistor. New York, of course, is a different matter entirely, and that's where Mole People comes in. Jennifer Toth wrote a book straight forwardly titled 'Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City' in 1993 that dispelled the Mole/Worm myth while still addressing the issue that the subway tunnels are a refuge for NY's castaways- drug addicts and mental patients. Even at that level, the story is as compelling to an aspiring documentary producer as a box labeled 'Free Sex and Money', so Tisch graduate and Studio 7 founder Viktor David picked up the scent, put together a small but motley crew, and headed underground to see what was happening deep in the bowels of Gotham city. The world that the crew finds underneath the city is obviously not the horror show urban legend would make of it, and it's a lot less widespread than commonly imagined, but it's a mind bender nonetheless. The crew, for the most part, does a fine job at remaining mostly impartial to the strange goings-on around them, although I thought Associate Producer and main narrator Kenny Chery's assertion that Bertrand was "Like a shell of a man" was a bit unfair. I mean, I've been half a paycheck and a bottle of Jack away from wandering off into the subway to hide out and talk crazy myself a few times, and as the cellar dwellers in the film try to express, there's not much of a difference between us and them, except for a little exposure to sunlight, maybe- desperate times call for desperate measures, after all. Otherwise, this is a pretty amazing piece of film, and illustrates how lost souls aren't just the stuff of Hollywood sci-fi movies. There may be a few lurking right under your feet as you walk the streets of the city. --Sleazegrinder

About the Director

Vic David has been involved in film and television producing for over 20 years. Focusing on reality projects, Vic David directed and produced a TV magazine, Real New York for European markets. In 2005 Vic s feature documentary 1/2 the Nation became official selection at Eureka International Film Festival. Since 1986 Vic has been contributing to numerous projects, from feature films to TV magazines and broadcast documentaries including but not limited to: Heil Russia! (Studio 7NY) a documentary about Neo-Nazi movements in post-Communist Russia; In Focus (QTN) a broadcast documentary delving into lives of homeless youth in NYC and many other projects. Vic has also worked with CNN, Discovery Networks, MTV Networks, G-UNIT Records, Bad Boy Films, PBS, A&E, Ivanhoe Broadcast News, Graff Pay-Per-View and Group W. Vic David received his education at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

Customer Reviews

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mole People Video April 20, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I have heard about this movie (I live in the Netherlands) and it was not available anywhere in Europe. I did not want to wait untill it will be screened on dutch television, so I bought it. I am happy to, it fits my collection of top documentaries. The suspense of the documentary and the amazing story got me a bit in doubt if it is a true documentary or a fictional one. It does not matter. It is even more realistic then the Blair Witch project, with the big difference that this could be and is probably an actual documentary. Anyway, I heard rumours in Amsterdam about the Mole People film and how hard it is to get it. Now i am part of the Mole People society?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It grabs your soul January 8, 2001
By Z.
Format:VHS Tape
As soon as you hit the play button on your VCR, you drown in the sea of the emotions of people living under the streets of New York City. The scary but at the same time wondering feeling lasts long after you are done watching the movie. This documentary film leaves you with a deep feeling of curiosity and fear about those who are living a life underground. This movie will definitely not leave you indifferent. I highly recommend it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the Best December 26, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This movie can be compared to Alien Autopsy to a degree.
You actually come to terms with the fact that there is another
civilization out there, unlike that which you know...
...only difference, of course, is that Alien Autopsy was fake.
The Mole People are real. Now, everyday when I wake up, I think
that we're not alone. There is another civilization where there
is no day or night. There is no time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars See this movie!! December 11, 2000
By dori
Format:VHS Tape
This movie totally freaked me out!! I can't believe that there are people living beneath the city and for so many years! Who knew? I enjoyed watching this film and learning about how these people can survive on next to nothing. I was amazed at how those involved in making the film endured actually being in these tunnels to conduct the interviews and shoot the footage. You have to see this film to believe it!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have not seen any other documentary like it. November 27, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Very interesting. I knew that people lived in the tunnels but to actually see how they live was another thing. The fact that you can really see almost a brief day in the life of a person living underground is something very different. Really good movie, a must have for those who collect documentaries.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey! Who turned out the lights? December 19, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This movie was really really creepy. It was so creepy that I couldn't sleep for two whole weeks. And when I did finally sleep I had creepy dreams. Do you know why I had creepy dreams? I had them because this movie was so damn creepy! What was the creepiest thing about it? I'll tell you... I found out that there are people living underneath me. Not the neighbors either. Not even the people who sometimes sleep in the laundromat. Way way below them. If you see this movie you will find out about them and you will be creeped out too!.......bon appetit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There is something down there April 13, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
you see them walking around and you've wondered where they go at night or come from."The Mole People" the whole story will tell you.Underneth the subways of NY, this is the story of the people down there,like way down there,some for more than 10 years.The scenes are real the location scary and the story compelling.It's a must see "The Mole People" there out there
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating. August 1, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
In Search of the Mole People (Viktor David, 2000)

The opening titles of In Search of the Mole People, Viktor David's illuminating, unsettling documentary on the homeless who live in New York's subway system, briefly sketch out the story of Jennifer Toth, whose book The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City inspired the filmmakers and, according to the film, forced Toth to flee New York after she received death threats for exposing this secret world to the normals who live above-ground. That may seem confusing at first, especially as Toth, who gets a decent amount of screen time here, never really refers to it herself. If you're paying attention, though, in one of the interviews the filmmakers conduct, one of the mole people makes a passing reference to why: "there were a lot more of us [before the book was written]." Can one sociological study destroy an entire way of life?

David and his crew don't answer that question (though it would certainly warrant a follow-up film in, say, 2010), but there's definitely a pall over the events here. Still, they do manage to conduct extensive interviews with three of the remaining mole people, and each, though no doubt greatly edited, gets enough screen time to make it worthwhile. And if the third interview tends to reinforce the stereotype that the homeless-by-choice are all mentally unstable, the first two do their best to smash it. In fact, the woman (one of, she claims, only two who had lived in the tunnels for any length of time at the time the interview was conducted) interviewed in the middle portion of the film lays claim to veteran status and a college degree.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
This is an easy read and a great read. Very interesting stuff. I loved the book and I don't get to read much.
Published 6 months ago by comedy hound
3.0 out of 5 stars good for expanding your mind...
... a little hard on the soul. it's a good watch, just be warned that it's depressing. worth checking it out though.
Published 19 months ago by Sammy Jo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not a Dark Days by any means...
Enjoyed the footage, but from all the talk about some of the people who were reporting in this Documentary, I do have my questions... Good movie overall though. I enjoyed it!
Published 21 months ago by Peter R. Johnston Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Voices in the Tunnels
Voices In The Tunnels had always intrigued me since I learned of its production. Having lived in NYC (Manhattan and Queens), I always wondered about the existence of a secret... Read more
Published 24 months ago by B-Dog
3.0 out of 5 stars Good at this price if you've grown up in subdivisions.
Now let me get off on the right foot and say two things. One, I really enjoyed this movie. Two, I have not read the book the movie says to have "picked up from. Read more
Published on January 2, 2004 by Ph0sphene
5.0 out of 5 stars Extrmely Cool
Mole people was one of them most interesting documentaries ive ever seen. The subject was refreshingly original, and the look of the film was well done in the dark light of the... Read more
Published on November 23, 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Misses the mark...
I was really disappointed by this one as I had really high hopes for it. Having read The Mole People by Jennifer Toth and The Tunnel by Margaret Morton I was captivated and... Read more
Published on June 21, 2002 by A. Ort
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the Best
This movie can be compared to Alien Autopsy to a degree.
You actually come to terms with the fact that there is another
civilization out there, unlike that which you... Read more
Published on December 26, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars I look out the subway windows for Mole People
"In Search for the Mole People" was extremely interesting to watch. The Mole People seem to have a quite organized society in the subway tunnels-(They seem more organized... Read more
Published on April 22, 2001 by Glen Kriegsman
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