I love this time of year, not because of the amazing gloomy weather, or impending darkness that is fall and winter, but because of the influx of scary movies as Halloween approaches.
I love a GOOD scary movie.
That being said. As Above, So Below was a lazy attempt at what could have been a great horror movie. The whole documentary-style horror flick, that abruptly explains the whole journey has been done to death and this movie barely stood out among similar titles.
The premise of the story was good. A smart girl is looking to somewhat avenge her fathers dead in search of a hidden artifact that he dedicated his life to finding. Her and a filmmaker and a group of other young people break into the underground catacombs of Paris and end up literally crawling through the gates of hell, despite MANY warning signs that they should not do what they are inevitably going to do anyways, they carry on. Many of them die. A few survive. The movie ends very abruptly.
The scariest part of the movie was imaging yourself in the position of the characters. It was actually a terrifying scenario to be in. Claustrophobia, darkness, and well being in hell.
The majority of the scary parts were actually given away in the trailer.
One thing that really bothers me is when movies take a documentary-style approach is when they add a score and sound effects. It really kills the illusion.
All in all. If you love scary movies, I would recommend watching this movie on Netflix..if you already have an account..and no spend any money trying to do so. Basically it was pretty unmemorable.
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