As Above, So Below

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After an intriguing setup that threatens to claw its way out of found-footage overkill, As Above/So Below plummets into clichéd mediocrity.



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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, Drew Dowdle and Patrick Aiello. Alex Hedlund serves as the executive producer. (C)Universal

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Critic Reviews for As Above, So Below

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  • Once upon a time, when someone in a horror movie turned a doorknob or drove toward a storm, you got to feel superior and shout, "Don't go in there!" Now it's more like, "Seriously? You're not gonna put down that camera first?"

    Sep 2, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Once the characters go underground, things start happening. Not scary things, mind you, but things.

    Aug 31, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The movie's signature signage - "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here" - is the only instruction we really need.

    Aug 29, 2014 | Full Review…
  • "As Above, So Below" is novel enough to be worth the price of admission, but you'll think twice before getting back in line for a second visit.

    Aug 29, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • While the film has a reasonably engaging cast and some decent scares, the script feels like an uneasy blend of The Blair Witch Project and Tomb Raider.

    Aug 29, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • An entertainment-free sinkhole of Dramamine-worthy nonsense ...

    Aug 29, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for As Above, So Below


Dan Brown meets The Blair Witch Project in this harrowing and well-acted horror movie that makes great use of a subjective camera to create an intense feel of claustrophobia, taking a simple premise and fleshing it out into a terrifying, nerve-fraying descent to hell.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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It's dumb. It's really really really dumb. But it's not boring, and boring is the worst thing a movie can be. I actually can't remember the last time I was this entertained by a found footage horror. Probably The Last Exorcism five years ago. Now "good for a found footage horror" may not exactly be the highest praise, but As Above, So Below is still worth a watch for genre fans.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

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Awesome idea... Bad idea... While I was again excited for the hype behind the idea, and to see Cloverfields own behind the camera again.. Found footage films are starting to lack alot of effort and thrill they usually give me.

Shawn Montague
Shawn Montague

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Spectacular sound design and an interesting set-up will have you hooked on "As Above, So Below," but never will I recommend this film to anyone, because by the end, it is just a waste of time. Sadly, this film get's so swallowed up in it's plot details that it has nowhere left to go by the end and it just ends with so many unanswered questions. As a student interested in finding the "Philospher's Stone" tunnels in the catacomb's of Paris, she brings a group of specialists with her in order to uncover the secrets of the caves. Sure, the premise is intriguing, the acting is believable, and the sound of the film may be striking, but with a run-of-the-mill screenplay and not enough imagination, "As Above, So Below" is just another film with extremely wasted potential. I had no interest going into this film, and about halfway through all of those thoughts began to change, but sadly, it goes nowhere. To horror fans, you can get a few chilling moments out of this movie, but I would not bet on it being groundbreaking. Intriguing but disappointing.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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