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Theatrical horror is notoriously disappointing, so the expectations I had for As Above, So Below were almost nonexistent. The lure of cave exploration (a la The Descent) is 100% the only reason I went to see the film, and I’m glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed myself. I caught the film during a matinee and I was the only person in the theatre. Despite sitting alone amongst 149 empty seats, I was filled with an overwhelming amount of claustrophobia and admit to jumping in my seat on more than one occasion. Is the film groundbreaking or particularly original? No. However, As Above, So Below is one of the more enjoyable “found footage” films I’ve seen in a long time.
- BJ Colangelo
Title: As Above, So Below Director: John Erick Dowdle Starring: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman and Edwin Hodge Relying on your thorough experience within a particular subject often leads to capturing the next intriguing story on the topic. Holding that knowledgeable background not only stresses the exploration of one of the most fabled jewels in history by the main character in the new independent found footage horror thriller, ‘As Above, So Below,’ but also helped filmmaker John Erick Dowdle infuse the story with the best physical effects possible. The director, who has previous experience helming films in the genre, including ‘The Poughkeepsie Tapes’ and ‘Quarantine,’ which he also co-wrote with his [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
There is a story about the Paris catacombs that I love dearly. In August of 2004, several police officers were exploring a section of the infamous maze of tunnels near the Eiffel Tower when they came across a particular doorway covered in plastic with a sign that said, "No entry." Inside, the police were momentarily terrified by the sound of attacking guard dogs, but they realized it was a recording. Pushing further into the tunnel, they found a full working cinema, complete with lights, a projector, a bar, a dining area, and seats carved directly into the rocks. When they went topside to report their find to their superior officers, they were pleased with what they'd found. By the time they got back, though, everything was gone, and all that was left was a note that said, "Do not look for us. Signed, The Society Of The Perforated Mexicans." Since then, »
- Drew McWeeny
Paris - Coming up with a new twist for a horror film without going down some very disgusting roads hasn't been that easy in the 21st Century. It's one reason franchises like "Saw," "Paranormal Activity" and "The Purge" have hit such a cord with viewers and spawned a ton of sequels. One film that's trying to add a new twist to the supernatural thriller (with more than a touch of horror thrown in) is the Dowdle brothers' "As Above/So Below" which arrives in theaters on Friday. Originally, Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh had an idea about staging a film in the catacombs of Paris, a labyrinth of tunnels and quarries beneath the streets of the city that stretch over 200 miles. Shockingly, very few films had used the centuries old underground spaces as the setting for a movie. Considering approximately 6 million human remains were buried (or re-buried) there it seemed like »
- Gregory Ellwood
As Above/So Below opens in theaters everywhere this Friday (August 29th) from Legendary Pictures and Universal. Not only is it the first full-on horror film to come from Legendary since Trick 'r Treat, it's the latest project from the Dowdle brothers who have given us films like The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Quarantine and Devil. To learn more about the film, I ventured out to Paris, France - where the film is set - to not only speak to the Dowdles, but to stars Perdita Weeks and Ben Feldman (Friday the 13th, Mad Men) as well. And we did it in the very catacombs beneath the street of Paris where this supernatural tale unfolds.
The post As Above/So Below Interviews Part 1: Talking With the Cast & Crew in the Catacombs! appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Paris - Walking through the Paris catacombs, it's hard to believe Hollywood hasn't mined this wonder more on the big screen. There have been films that have tried, 2007's "Catacombs" being one of them, but its a rare few that have ever gotten access to shoot in the actual underground tunnels and quarries. The upcoming thriller "As Above/So Below" is the exception. Directed by John Erick Dowdle ("Devil," "The Poughkeepsie Tapes") from a screenplay by Dowdle and his brother Drew, "As Above/So Below" introduces audiences to Scarlet Marlowe (Perdita Weeks), a gutsy archeologist on a global search for an ancient artifact. When she determines this potentially magic object may lie beneath the City of Lights in the Catacombs of Paris she recruits an old flame (Ben Feldman, soon to be seen on NBC's "A to Z") and a few local tunnel experts to check it out. When they »
- Gregory Ellwood
Beneath the streets of Paris lies a vast network of tunnels just waiting to be exploited by an enterprising found-footage film crew. Imagine the excitement of the rolling-boulder opening scene in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” stretched to feature length, then subtract such vital ingredients as John Williams’ pulse-elevating score, Douglas Slocombe’s visceral cinematography and Harrison Ford’s wry charisma, and you get “As Above, So Below,” in which a Lara Croft-like heroine assembles a team of expendable “cataphiles” (as catacomb obsessives call themselves) to locate the Philosopher’s Stone. It all makes for clumsy-fun escapism, not bad as end-of-summer chillers go, but small-time compared with other Legendary releases.
Returning to the faux-doc format they helped innovate in such pics as “The Poughkeepsie Tapes” and “Quarantine,” the Dowdle brothers, John Erick (who directs) and Drew (his fellow producer), are by now experts at creating suspense within narrow confines. Their previous feature, »
- Peter Debruge
John Erick Dowdle is one of the genres unsung stars. The man has already pieced together a couple awesome flicks in Quarantine The Poughkeepsie Tapes and Devil. The dude has a knack for fear and hes proven himself capable of manufacturing high caliber tension as well as thrilling handicam works. Dont expect anything other than another solid effort from As Above So Below. »
On August 29th, Legendary Pictures is releasing the latest from John and Drew Dowdle- As Above, So Below- their terrifying tale which explores the horrors that lie deep below the streets of Paris inside the centuries-old catacombs after an archeological expedition goes awry.
During the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, Daily Dead had the opportunity to chat with both John and Drew about the story of As Above, So Below as well as what inspired them to head down to the historic Paris catacombs for the film and their thoughts on their contributions to the modern found footage movement. The Dowdles also chatted about the status of The Poughkeepsie Tapes and what happened with the recent DirecTV VOD release snafu when the film appeared to be available to rent finally, but was pulled down just a few short hours later.
Check out our video interview with John and Drew Dowdle below »
- Heather Wixson
This is a bit of an odd story. For years The Poughkeepsie Tapes, a 2007 mockumentary horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine, Devil, and the upcoming As Above, So Below), has been sitting on the shelf unreleased. Though it never officially came out (outside of a few film festivals), the film has had pirated copies circling conventions and illegal copies have found their way online, giving the film a small cult following. As reported by Bloody Disgusting last week, the film suddenly appeared out of nowhere on VOD for DirecTV subscribers. It was finally available for horror nuts to watch without breaking the law.
Now in a strange turn of events, it seems that the film is no longer available to rent in any capacity. Ryan Turek of Shock Till You Drop ran into Dowdle and his brother/producing partner Drew Dowdle at Comic-Con and Drew told him that »
- Max Molinaro
John and Drew Dowdle - the team behind The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Quarantine and Devil - flex their horror muscles again with As Above, So Below, the Legendary production that will beckon audiences deep beneath the streets of Paris on August 29th for a journey of mystery and terror. Shock is heading to Paris to speak to the two in-depth about the upcoming film, but I ran into the duo at Comic-Con for a brief "preview" discussion. One of the many "warm-up" interviews I conducted while down in San Diego that offer just a hint at what's on the way.
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- Ryan Turek
What a crazy history The Poughkeepsie Tapes has had. This month, after years of sitting on the shelf, horror fans discovered the film - from the Dowdle brothers - found its way onto various VOD outlets. Yes, it was finally, and legally (I'm looking at you, film pirates), available to the public. I ran into John and Drew Dowdle at Comic-Con today - where they are promoting As Above, So Below, their new horror film opening in theaters next month - and I congratulated them on Poughkeepsie's release. They admitted to not knowing about the VOD release until they read about the news on Shock Till You Drop, but they were quick to point out that if you look for it on VOD now...it has been pulled.
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- Ryan Turek
2008. That's when we first reviewed the Dowdle Brothers' found footage film The Poughkeepsie Tapes (review). Years have passed, and no one has since seen hide nor hair of the movie... until now, that is.
John Erick Dowdle directs the film from a story he wrote with his brother, Drew Dowdle. Stacy Chbosky, Ben Messmer, Samantha Robson, and Ivar Brogger star in the faux documentary, which is available Now on DirectTV VOD.
Who knows why this one has sat in limbo so long while a throng of other far worse films have been allowed to saturate the market? If you are a DirectTV subscriber, check it out and let us know what you thought.
When hundreds of videotapes showing torture, murder, and dismemberment are found in an abandoned house, they reveal a serial killer's decade-long reign of terror and become the most disturbing collection of evidence homicide detectives have ever seen. »
- Steve Barton
Here's a day I thought would never come: The Poughkeepsie Tapes has quietly found its way onto VOD. Currently, I'm seeing it listed on Directv, but check your local VOD service to see if it has reached your provider as well. The film has been sitting on the shelf for years thanks to MGM. It was originally expected to open in theaters in 2007. That was when the studio released an official trailer and issued the poster you see here into theaters everywhere, but then MGM pulled the plug on those distribution plans and allowed the film to wait...until it could release the film this week on VOD with little to no fanfare (thanks for the heads-up, studio!).
The post Hey, The Poughkeepsie Tapes is Out – Here’s Where to Find It appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Found footage films may cover lots of the same ideas, but there's innovation to be found, argues Christopher...
Scheduled for release in a little over two months, Legendary Pictures/Universal Studio's As Above, So Below is the newest addition to the found footage genre. In it, a group of American and British urban explorers descend into the catacombs beneath Paris. Equipped only with hand-held cameras, they begin to explore what is the final resting place for thousands of people. However, their curiosity quickly turns to terror as they uncover a grim secret that has been hidden for centuries and soon an expedition of exploration becomes a battle for survival.
Little has been released about this French-American-British production other than a trailer and a handful of stills and it remains to be »
In a world filled with necessary evils, I still have to wonder just how necessary an evil the MPAA actually is. At times it seems that films just get rated depending on their mood or who's making them. Two new ratings are here for two big horror flicks. Read on for their verdict!
New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.
John Erick Dowdle's As Above, »
- Steve Barton
Performing an exorcism can be frightening and dangerous in itself, but add an unfriendly satanic cult knocking at the front door, and you have one horrifying situation on your hands. Such is the plot of Exorcism on Crooked Lake, and it was recently announced that Adam Green will direct this exorcism story from Revolver Picture Company.
Deadline reports that the script for Exorcism on Crooked Lake was co-written by Stacy Chbosky and John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle. The Dowdle brothers have had a hand in writing and directing a number of horror films, including: 2008′s Quarantine, 2007′s The Poughkeepsie Tapes, and the upcoming thriller, The Coup. Here’s the synopsis for Exorcism on Crooked Lake, which is set to begin filming this fall:
“Story follows a middle-aged priest, a younger priest and a female medical student who head to a remote house to exorcise a young pregnant woman only »
- Derek Anderson
Late breaking news of the most devilish kind! Deadline is reporting that Adam Green ("Holliston," Hatchet, Frozen, Spiral) has signed on to helm Exorcism on Crooked Lake for Revolver Picture Company. Read on for details.
The film, Green’s next feature following the upcoming metafictional Digging Up The Marrow, follows a middle-aged priest, a younger priest and a female medical student who head to a remote house to exorcise a young pregnant woman only to find themselves under siege from a Satanic cult looking to claim the child.
The script is by Stacy Chbosky and John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (Quarantine, The Poughkeepsie Tapes, The Coup). Revolver is fully financing Exorcism on Crooked Lake, with the company’s Nick Phillips and Kelly Martin Wagner producing alongside Sarah Shepard and Ben Browning (Inquest). The Dowdle brothers are exec producing.
Filming begins this fall.
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- Steve Barton
The trailer will remind you a lot of The Descent. There is no question about it. However, it looks like the The Dowdle Brothers (Quarantine, Devil, The Poughkeepsie Tapes) are throwing a supernatural twist into play. Check out the trailer below.
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.
The post Poster & Trailer of Parisian Catacombs Film, ‘As Above, So Below’ appeared first on Destroy the Brain!. »
- Andy Triefenbach
The Paris Catacombs have been a tourist attraction since the late 19th century. The resting place of nearly six million people, the underground ossuary fills a renovated section of the caverns and tunnels that were historically stone mines. Considering that the walls and crannies of the tunnels are covered in human bones, one would think the tunnels would be ripe for horror movie fodder but As Above, So Below is the first that I’ve seen or heard of.
Directed by John Erick Dowdle of The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Quarantine and Devil fame, and co-written with Drew Dowdle, As Above, So Below follows a group of urban archaeologists as they travel into the tunnels in search of long lost treasure but as expected, what they discover is far from the shinny go [Continued ...] »
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