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Monday, August 25, 2014

AS ABOVE/SO BELOW: If You Call for Horror, It Will Come

While the new extended trailer for Universal Pictures' AS ABOVE/SO BELOW looks chilling in a The Descent kind of way, I still find myself asking these types of characters the one million dollar question: What did you expect would happen if you ventured down into the oldest mass grave in the world--in a deep, dark cave alone? My guess is nothing good.

But as in any genre movie, there's always a thrill-seeker, someone (or in this case a group of thrill-seekers) who is eagerly willing to put themselves in a dangerous situation--and maybe possibly get killed in the process. And the exciting part is, we as the audience get to watch it unfold. As generic, and awfully titled, as it appears, however, the new clip does do a good job at bringing the audience directly into the tunnel of horrors as the young group of explorers get far more than they bargained for when they descend into the Catacombs of Paris. More:

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 dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.  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. 

We are long overdue for a great psychological thriller right now and, judging by this synopsis it looks like AS ABOVE/SO BELOW might be just the thing to revive the subgenre. It's also worth noting that it was written and directed by the team who brought us the first two Quarantine films, underrated remakes inspired by the awesome Spanish horror series, Rec. So this could really be something. I'm ready.

AS ABOVE/SO BELOW will open in theaters Friday.


Brittani Burnham said...

Wow. This opens this week and I've never heard of it before. That's an interesting title too.

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