As Above, So Below (2014)

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  • Release Date:  2014
  • Genre:  Devil & Demon & Hell, Phobic
  • Director:  John Erick Dowdle
  • Screenwriter:  Drew Dowdle, John Erick Dowdle
  • Cast & Crew: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil, Marion Lambert, Ali Marhyar, Cosme Castro, Hamid Djavadan, Théo Cholbi, Emy Lévy, Roger Van Hool, Olivia Csiky Trnka, Hellyette Bess, Aryan Rahimian and Samuel Aouizerate

As Above, So Below (2014)Rating:

  • Eloise = 8 / 10;
  • Raoul = 6 / 10;
  • Andrew = 7 /10;
  • IMDB = 6.2/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 3.9/10;

As Above, So Below (2014) Synopsis:

A young archaeologist, helped by a group of catacombs expert, descend into the underground of Paris to try and find the mighty Philosopher Stone.

As Above, So Below (2014) Review:

I am a big fan of John Erick Dowdle’s movie, especially his movies Devil and The Poughkeepsie Tapes (he also made Quarantine, but I didn’t care for it). I then had huge expectations for As Above, So Below. Thankfully, 90 minutes later, I went out of the cinema extremely happy, for that movie is…great.

The scenario is pretty simple – people stuck in catacombs – and was bound to be written someday. The archeology background used to justify the presence of this group of people in the catacombs is convincing enough. Later, however, things get a bit more far-fetched and the all story grows weird and weaker, sometimes it is easy to overlook it, but some other times, it is a little too big.

But the beauty of As Above, So Below is not in its scenario. Instead, it lies in two things: the oppression that it creates, and its great hellish concepts. First, the maze of underground tunnels and tight passages does a very good job at making you feel very claustrophobic, very similarly to The Descent to which the movie will probably be compared more than once. Secondly, and this was the best aspect of the movie for me, it presents a very audacious interpretation of hell itself. The movie is not your average paranormal flick. Instead, As Above, So Below has the balls to try and shows what it would be like to accidentally descent into the realm of the devil itself. There is a lot of good ideas in that movie, lots of psychological horror, and some cool original scenes. I found myself quite excited by the characters’ journey, a little like that feeling I got the first time I watched Hellraiser II, as they are decent to visit the labyrinth of hell.


In conclusion, As Above, So Below is a great movie if you manage to overlook the many incoherences in the scenario, and instead focus on the originality and fantastic aspect of the many horror scenes.

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