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Those Guardians of the Galaxy continued to rule the box office this Labor Day weekend. So where did that leave the horror offering As Above/So Below and the 30th anniversary re-release of arguably the most influential horror comedy of a generation?
As Above/So Below managed to continue two trends at once. First, the Paris-set Universal/Legendary horror film marks the latest found footage movie promoted in such a way as to hope you didn't know that going in. Just how on the outs is the found footage genre that Hollywood marketers are now going out of their way to downplay the format?
As Above/So Below also continues the trend of wide release horror movies in 2014 not exactly lighting the box office on fire. Falling near the middle of the pack at #5 with an estimated $10.3 million for the Labor Day weekend, according to Box Office Mojo, that's just »
The dark secret of the notorious Paris catacombs is unravelled in the trailer for As Above, So Below.
The duo manage to find their way into the world's oldest mass grave, but are at the mercy of supernatural creatures.
As Above, So Below has been produced by Legendary Pictures, with John Erick Dowdle aboard as a filmmaker.
As Above, So Below is now playing in the Us and the UK. »
Devil in Distress: The Dowdle Bros. Spelunk Their Way to Hell
Known as acolytes of fallen angel M. Night Shyamalan, the output of the Dowdle brothers could be a lot worse. First arriving back in 2008 with the American remake of Rec, known as Quarantine, they followed that up with the painfully terrible Devil, whereby said entity terrorized stereotypes in a stopped elevator (based on Shyamalan’s script). So really, their latest venture, As Above So Below, from producing brother Drew and directing brother John Erick, feels like the first time we’re experiencing their own sensibilities. It’s their best film to date, yet a penchant for overreaching tactics and underbaked explanations forces the potential of their madness into a muddle of silliness. Yet, the film isn’t without an enjoyable amount of tension and fans of the genre may find its intentions, at least, to be in the right place. »
- Nicholas Bell
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
The use of found footage has become a bit of an eye-rolling endeavor in horror, almost nearly as much as the penchant that iconic horror slashers like Michael Myers and Jason Vorhees have for defying death. It has become hard for horror films to use the narrative style effectively without just being a gimmick, and the explanation for this approach is usually weak, with characters inexplicably never putting down a video camera in moments of terror or being shown in what couldn't possibly be "found" footage. But with As Above, So Below, an engrossing adventure plot mixed with familiar horror elements from Legendary Pictures, those problems are not only explained, but make for some real suspense and terror. More below! Directer John Erick Dowdle, co-writing with brother Drew Dowdle, reunite after previous horror endeavors Devil and Quarantine with what might be their best horror venture yet, but that doesn't mean it's perfect. »
- Ethan Anderton
As Above/So Below opens today, and reviews (including mine and Uncle Creepy's) are mixed. Before rendering your own verdict, hear from director/co-writers John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle about their experiences making the film.
Dread Central: When I walked into the screening of As Above/So Below, I was not prepared for a modern twist on an old fashioned archeologist vs. a curse adventure. Then there’s this Satanic element and sort of a body count/slasher vibe, too. How did you manage to put everything in there and still make it very linear?
John Erick Dowdle: You know, we just trusted our intuition. It just felt right to us, more than anything else. It was funny; this movie moved so quickly, which is a rare thing. We had to stay intuitive and maybe a little less intellectual. I think that really served this movie really well. »
- Staci Layne Wilson
If you're one of the many planning to climb down into the Catacombs this weekend and experience the Dowdle Brothers' As Above/So Below, you may want to consult Staci's and my differing reviews to see if this trip is worth your time and money.
Read Staci Layne Wilson's positive As Above/So Below review.
Read Uncle Creepy's negative As Above/So Below review.
Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers venture 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 »
- Steve Barton
Ah, Paris. City of love, romance—and a terrifying network of skull-filled catacombs where filmmaking brothers Drew and John Erick Dowdle shot their new horror-thriller As Above So Below. “It is an extremely creepy place,” says director John Erick (Quarantine, Devil). “It really tweaks at the mind. You go down there and your pulse slows. It’s really weird.”
Drew Dowdle, who produced the film and cowrote it with his brother, sounds no less glad to be back above ground. “Yeah, it’s a very tough place to shoot.” he explains. “Obviously, in preproduction, there’s always talk of, ‘Do »
- Clark Collis
Ready to climb down into the Catacombs this weekend and experience some new horror at the multiplex? We certainly are, and if you plan to join us, check out the latest TV spot for the Dowdle Brothers' As Above/So Below.
Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers venture 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.
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- Debi Moore
This Friday, John Erick and Drew Dowdle (Quarantine, Devil) return with their latest terrifying tale, As Above/So Below, which arrives in theaters this Friday courtesy of Legendary Pictures. The story takes audiences deep inside the Paris catacombs where deadly secrets are revealed, forcing those taking the journey to begin questioning their own sanity and whether or not they’ll survive the expedition.
Daily Dead recently chatted with The Dowdles about their horror/adventure mash-up and heard more from the pair on their experiences working on the film, the challenges of shooting on location in the Parisian catacombs, working with As Above/So Below star Perdita Weeks, and they gave us some details on their next project, The Coup.
I’d love if you guys could start off by discussing what inspired the story for As Above/So Below and setting this story deep inside the catacombs beneath Paris?
Drew Dowdle: Well, »
- Heather Wixson
A new behind-the-scenes video for this weekend's horror offering, As Above/So Below, popped up online courtesy of Legendary Films; and to save you the trouble of hunting for it, we have it right here!
Director John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine, Devil) wrote the script with his brother, Drew. In the below video you'll follow the Dowdles deep below the streets of Paris into the catacombs – the world’s largest mass grave - to learn the challenges of making a film alongside six million corpses, roughly three times the living population of Paris.
Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers venture 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, »
- Debi Moore
You can take Thn out of Frighfest, but you can’t take the love of the horror genre out of Thn. That’s right despite having spent an entire four-day weekend surrounded by the macabre, gory and disturbing we can’t wait to see the next cinematic offering that is As Above, So Below.
The film is directed by the Dowdle Brothers whose previous credits include Quarantine and Devil. Both were alright films, Quarantine was never going to be better than the film it was remaking, [Rec], but it still had it’s moments, and Devil which was produced by M. Night Shyamalan was at least a slight return to form for Shayamalan. As Above, So Below will be their first ‘solo’ project in a way, and from what we’ve seen so far we’re intrigued to see what they can pull-off.
Set underneath the Parisian streets deep within the »
- Kat Smith
Universal has been promoting the hell out of As Above, So Below on Twitter, but I have to say, the Thursday night press screening they've set up for the film here in Seattle isn't typically a good omen considering I'll probably be walking out of my screening 27 minutes before the first Thursday night screenings begin, not to mention East Coast moviegoers can probably see it before me. However, this is a horror film and it's another found footage film and so perhaps Universal just thinks it's not a typical film for most critics. I tend to enjoy horror movies and while I'm tiring of the found footage genre I'm giving this one a go and hoping for the best. Tonight I have for you an extended, three minute and 30 second red band trailer for the upcoming movie that takes place amidst the twisting catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, »
- Brad Brevet
The found footage flick As Above / So Below, directed by John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine, Devil), will be in theatres on August 29th; and right now we have your chance to gear up with this exclusive prize package!
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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 venture into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark »
- Steve Barton
Intriguing horror flick As Above, So Below takes place in the tunnels beneath Paris. Here's a rather bloody red band trailer...
Nb: The trailer below is for mature audiences, and you may find it a bit, you know, Nsfw.
The eerie, bone-strewn catacombs beneath the streets of Paris provide the setting for the forthcoming horror film As Above, So Below. It's directed by John Erick Dowdle, who co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Drew Dowdle. If those names sound familiar, that may be because you saw the Rec remake Quarantine, or M Night Shyamalan's horror thriller Devil, which they both wrote.
Yet another entry in the found footage subgenre, As Above So Below may contain a familiar mix of jittery cameras, panicked direct-to-lens addresses and flickering torch light, but there are also signs of an entertainingly scary thrill-ride in the latest and final trailer. There are Dan Brown-like investigations »
Universal Pictures just unveiled an extended restricted trailer for its upcoming "As Above So Below" horror thriller from directors John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (Quarantine, Devil). Check it out below. Plot: 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 new movie stars Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, and Edwin Hodge. It's set to hit theaters on August 28th. Trailer: »
In a last ditch effort to get audiences to flock to the theaters during a weak time for box office competition, Legendary and Universal have release one final extended red band trailer for the claustrophobic, found footage horror thriller As Above, So Below. Despite the odd title, the first trailer was rather decent, teasing a twisted psychological adventure in the catacombs that lie under Paris. We're not getting our hopes to high since this comes from the Dowdle Brothers, the duo behind Quarantine and Devil, but maybe since this isn't a remake or an M. Night Shyamalan project, it might let them shine as horror filmmakers. Here's the new red band trailer for John Erick Dowdle's As Above, So Below, originally from Yahoo: As Above, So Below is directed by John Erick Dowdle from a script he co-wrote with his brother Drew Dowdle (both of Quarantine and Devil). Miles »
- Ethan Anderton
Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures have released a new extended restricted trailer for their upcoming psychological thriller "As Above, So Below" starring Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, and Edwin Hodge.
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.
Check out the new extended restricted trailer.
Source: Yahoo! Movies »
- Kellvin Chavez
Ahead of the found-footage horror thriller’s release this Friday, Universal has unveiled a red band trailer for As Above, So Below, and the results are… confusing? Disorienting? Freaky? All of the above, sure, but what it isn’t is particularly engaging.
John Erick Dowdle (Devil, Quarantine) is sitting behind the camera, so this one should be good for some jump-scares, but the set-up isn’t particularly appealing. A group of American explorers blunder into the catacombs beneath Paris in search of the fabled Philosopher’s Stone (yes, that Philosopher’s Stone). Needless to say, it doesn’t go particularly well, with the explorers being terrorized by visions of their past and a dark force in the catacombs.
The whole flick looks nauseatingly claustrophobic, and though that’s definitely not up my avenue, there’s certainly an audience for pics like this. The question is, will the rather generic cast of characters in As Above, »
- Isaac Feldberg
"Everything that’s referenced in this movie is real. You can go home and Google everything that’s mentioned. It’s really, in a way, a brief, fun lesson in alchemy and history and science and archaeology," "As Above, So Below" actor Ben Feldman told Yahoo. "Yeah, it’s scary as shit, but at the same time it’s an adventure movie, and that’s what drew me to it." But if you need further endorsement, a new red band trailer for the horror flick has arrived. John Erick Dowdle ("Devil," "Quarantine") directs this adventure/scare flick about a group of people trying to track down The Sorcerer's Stone (yes, that one) who head into the catacombs beneath Paris. As you might guess, there are some nasty surprises waiting below the surface. To be honest, we haven't been hearing much about this movie at all, and a red band trailer »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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