August 29, 2014

As Above So Below...

Last night I had the opportunity to attend the New York press screening of Universal Pictures' newest edition to the found-footage horror genre As Above So Below (2014).
Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the secret of what this city of the dead was meant to contain. A journey into madness and terror, As Above, So Below reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all. 

Written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (Quarantine, Devil) and directed by John Erick Dowdle, the psychological thriller is produced by Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Patrick Aiello and Drew Dowdle. Alex Hedlund serves as the executive producer.

For some reason the extended restricted trailer doesn't want to embed properly, so here is a link to that if any of you are interested in watching it.

Genre: Horror/Psychological thriller
Cast: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge
Directed by: John Erick Dowdle
Written by: John Erick Dowdle & Drew Dowdle
Produced by: Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Patrick Aiello, Drew Dowdle
Executive Producer: Alex Hedlund
Rated: R
Release Date: August 29th, 2014
Before I even start I must note that I love horror films like this and so does my cousin Nick who attended the screening with me, so I knew I was going to enjoy As Above So Below (2014) as soon as I saw the first trailer for it months ago.

But that being said, if you've seen the trailer you know that As Above So Below (2014) is a found-footage type movie and honestly this was the only thing that made me hesitant about the film because found-footage can sometime be nauseating because of all of the choppy motions (ex - The 2008 film Cloverfield had my stomach doing flips at certain points) but this one was far from that. I feel like it was well done and those "choppy motions" were used sparingly and when it was appropriate.
Aside from my slight aversion to found-footage films, I enjoyed this movie. The use of Paris' catacombs as the setting was an excellent choice (Even though it could have been used a bit more, but I'm a person who is fascinated by the catacombs so I always want to see more of them) and I enjoyed the whole concept behind the characters trek throughout them. I loved the use of Nicolas Flamel, the Philosopher's stone and alchemy as plot points, etc.

Overall, this was a good film. I enjoyed all 93 minutes of it, as did Nick. If you like other films in this genre you will probably enjoy this one, but if you aren't into these kinds of films As Above So Below (2014) might not be your cup of tea. But hey, to each his own...

As always, lemme know if you go to see the film! And tell me what you thought about it.
"That which is below corresponds to that which is above, and that which is above corresponds to that which is below, to accomplish the miracle of the one thing."

2 comments:

  1. I was just in the Catacombs last month, which is probably the main reason I want to see this movie. I hope I like it! I'm all about found footage films. I think they can be a lot of fun.

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    1. I'm so jealous that you got to go into the catacombs!!! I wish I would have been able to do that while I was in Paris. I guess it's just an excuse to go back there.

      It was a really interesting movie. It was a little cheesy at points but my cousin and I both enjoyed it.

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