"As Above So Below" (2014)
Genre: Documentary, Mystery & Suspense, Special Interest
Directed By: John Erick Dowdle
Written By: Drew Dowdle, John Erick Dowdle
Released: August 29th, 2014
Runtime: 93 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures
Archaeologist Scarlett Marlowe (Perdita Weeks) has devoted her whole life to finding one of history's greatest treasures: Flamel's Philosopher's Stone. According to legend, the artifact can grant eternal life and turn any metal into gold. When she learns that the stone is hidden underground in the Catacombs of Paris, she assembles a crew to guide and document her historic mission. As they begin their descent, the team-members have no way of knowing that they are entering their own personal hell.
I enjoyed this film. As horror films go, it’s quite a bit tamer than many others like it and for this reason, it probably isn’t thought of quite as highly. But provides a good amount of tension just the same.
What I liked about it was the emphasis being put on the story, rather than scares. It reminded me a lot of The Blair Witch Project come to think of it. Similar in the way it’s filmed and how the circumstances come about.
The setting is straight-up creepy. The catacombs in Paris offers so many possibilities for creepy stories and creepy moments. It’s an entire tomb full of deceased bodies. What could go wrong? As well as that, it’s a pretty fascinating location anyway, so there’s so much potential there.
I felt that this was a good film. Not as scary as it could have been, but perhaps for a movie-goer starting out with the horror genre and who might not be so keen on blood and gore, it might be one to opt for.