Starring: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge
Director: John Erick Dowdle
Runtime: 1 hour, 33 minutes
Horror | Suspense | Thriller | 2014
Okay filmmakers. Please stop it with the POV horror films. Just stop. It’s so completely distracting to the story and doesn’t even assist in making it anymore scarier. As Above, So Below brings us a young archaeologist, Scarlett (Perdita Weeks), who wants to find a magical stone deep in the crypts and catacombs beneath Paris. She brings with her George (Ben Feldman), Benji (Edwin Hodge), and some french people that know the ways of the catacomb maze.
The title definitely brings to light the “magical and horrific” powers of the catacombs that have entombed bodies and stones that aren’t supposed to be in the hands of anyone. The film itself quickly turns into Oculus mixed with Hell House. The characters hallucinate and eventually die. Sad.
Aside from the fact that I hated the POV, I enjoyed the film for the most part. Crawling through tunnels and small cave-like spaces really freaks me out in real life, so watching it on screen was mostly the horror of it for me.
With their minds getting more and more confused, the film gets more and more confusing. BUT makes sense with the title, which I will try not to spoil for you. I really liked the ending and found her final run for the stone and back quite entertaining and frankly hilarious.
The entire movie (with the exception of the beginning, get the team together scenes) happens underground in the catacombs. And just like all the other POV movies I’ve had to watch, the characters are extremely annoying. However, I’m going to still give this film a “Liked It.” (3.5/5).
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