The film As Above, So Below was released on August 29, 2014. It is presented as a found footage documentary style movie. The first movie popularized by this style was The Blair Witch Project, which I never saw. Scarlett (Perdita Weeks) is an archeologist who wants to complete her late father’s mission of finding the Philosopher’s Stone. Together with her cameraman Benji (Edwin Hodge) and an ex-boyfriend (Ben Feldman) who reads Aramaic, she is led to Paris and the catacombs.
The story is not too bad, but some scenes could have been made clearer. There are some scary scenes, but for the first forty-five minutes the soundtrack substitutes for the physical horror. One or two scenes did make me jump, I will admit. Scarlett’s French guide, Papillon (Francois Civil) was portrayed well enough but I did have some problems with his accent. As a side note, the scenes in the Paris catacombs were really filmed there and not on a set. The head lantern lights had to be on low beam, otherwise the scenery would have been bleached. Ben Feldman, who played George, the ex-boyfriend, is claustrophobic so his scenes had to be done quickly.
I would have to classify this film more as a thriller than a horror film. The pace of the film was good as well as the cinematography. There were moments of gore and violence, but they weren’t seen until halfway through the movie. Some might find this unacceptable, but I thought it was well done. The fact that the city of Paris allowed the catacombs to be used as a location was interesting to me. Although I never really considered myself as claustrophobic, after seeing this film I might have to re-evaluate my feelings. I would give this a rating of 3.75 out of five stars.