As Above So Below is thrilling, but fails to truly terrify

s Above So Below posterTitle: As Above so Below

Starring: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman and Edwin Hodge

Plot: An adventurous professor recruits a group of friends and locals to help her search for the philosopher’s stone in the catacombs of France. During their search,  the group is faced with obstacles involving their tragic pasts after they enter Hell.

Why see/skip it: This film is neither good nor bad. It exhibits many elements that make a horror movie “scary”. Jump scares and creepy imagery are not enough to hold the film together however. There are many holes in the plot along with several scenes and pieces of dialogue that feel randomly placed. There is one scene in particular where characters abruptly state their back-stories, simply in the name of a ridiculous resolution to an unsolvable problem. In the end the solution that is enacted makes little to no sense and takes away from the movie in its entirety. As Above So Below is a “horror” movie full of jump scares, suspense, creepy imagery and thrills. However, if you are in search of a genuinely terrifying film that will induce nightmares for years to come, As Above So Below is not what you need.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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