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21 January 2016 (Kuwait) See more »
Below the streets of New York is a dark and dangerous world hidden in the shadows of abandoned subway tunnels and miles of forgotten infrastructure... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Danny Trejo ... Angel

Kinga Philipps ... Chelsea

Frank Krueger ... Jake

John Hennigan ... Razor

Tiffany Adams ... Gabriel

Kristoff St. John ... Smitty

Louis Mandylor ... Lockeheed

Michael Rene Walton ... Skeeter

Darren Darnborough ... Ajax

Chase Austin ... Flash

Nicci Faires ... Alexis

Wylie Small ... Harmony

Melina Perez ... Jade

Sara Maraffino ... Hawk
Magdaleno Robles Jr. ... Dante

Duane R. Shepard Sr. ... Cappy

Peter Dobson ... Jason
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cowen Angus Bailey ... Chewie (as Cowen Bailey)

Amanda Lee Gunnell ... Jasmine
Scott Hettrick ... Johnny Five
Brent Mark ... Homeless Joe
Carter Mason ... Alan

Ryan Pratton ... Matt

Patrick Sweeney ... Jimmy
Ryan Watson ... Chet
Kara Wilbar ... Rose

Directed by
Marc Clebanoff 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank Krueger 

Produced by
Marc Clebanoff .... producer
Darren Darnborough .... producer
John Hennigan .... co-producer
Frank Krueger .... executive producer
Bruce Nahin .... associate producer: business affairs
Kinga Philipps .... producer
Wylie Small .... producer
Cinematography by
Lan Bui 
Film Editing by
Austin Anderson 
Casting by
David Hettrick 
Production Design by
Roger C. Ambrose 
Art Direction by
Roger C. Ambrose 
Costume Design by
Kenneth Patton 
Makeup Department
Karissa Andrews .... assistant makeup artist
Tara Hiljus .... makeup department head
Seth Johnson .... assistant makeup artist
Taryn Wright .... assistant makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nadeem Soumah .... second unit director
Kara Wilbar .... first assistant director
Art Department
William Baker Jr. .... set dresser
William Baker .... assistant art director
Drew Clapp .... set dresser
Sound Department
Justin Lee Dixon .... sound designer
Leonardo Nasca .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Ryan Hueter .... gaffer
John Manning .... electrician
Mark Rosen .... first assistant camera
Court Soto .... grip
Nadeem Soumah .... cinematographer: second unit
Zach Zeidman .... second assistant camera
Music Department
Melissa Popo .... music supervisor
Other crew
Bruce Nahin .... associate producer: business affairs
Catherine Lyn Scott .... publicist
Joseph J. Pearlman .... acting coach (uncredited)

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"20ft Below: The Darkness Descending" - USA (DVD title)
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91 min


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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Cheesy Humanoid Underground Dweller, 24 May 2014
Author: Matt Kracht ( from New York

The plot: A naive reporter finds a bigger story than she was expecting when she visits a underground homeless camp in the abandoned subway tunnels of New York City.

This is a very low budget film. Unfortunately, it's not one of those inventive independent films that makes up for its lack of budget with bold, new ideas and a maverick spirit. Instead, it's pretty much what you'd expect from a direct-to-video Danny Trejo film: a cool villain, a weak story, and a bit of violence. For some people, that will surely be enough to carry the entire film, but if you're not a Trejo fanatic, you can probably skip this one.

The biggest problem is that the homeless people generally don't look very homeless. I'm not saying they have to smell like urine and mumble incoherently, but these people are way too pretty and healthy for me believe that they've actually suffered. One of them has what looks like a brand new guitar. I'm not even sure that I could afford that guitar. You don't have to go all method and make the actors live in a homeless community for a week, but more realism wouldn't have hurt.

Some of the characters were pretty cool. Of course, I liked Danny Trejo, and, of course, he played a badass villain. He was sort of interesting: part ubermensch, part cult leader, and part Occupy Wall Street protester. I'm not sure how well all those things mix, especially when he'd segue from discussing the plight of the homeless to some Nietzsche-inspired rant about how the weak deserve their plight. Still, for Trejo fanatics, it's enough to make the film watchable, and he delivers it with his trademark hostility and danger. As soon as he enters, it's easy to believe that he's the most dangerous man in any room.

The rest of the characters weren't so interesting. Most of them were underwritten and depended on cultural archetypes to give them weight: the crazy homeless guy, the burnt-out ex-cop, the pushy reporter, etc. As long as you don't mind a film full of stock characters that never really transcend their stereotypes, it's fairly survivable. A few of them are well-spoken and even fairly well acted (I liked the crazy homeless guy), but most of the dialogue ends up being clichés, especially after the midpoint. Prior to that point, it seemed like they might be verging on something interesting or insightful, but then they just wander into hack screen writing 101 and never leave.

The plot is fairly traditional, and it holds no real surprises. It's the same film that you've seen time and time again, only this time its set underground. If you just want to see Danny Trejo act like a badass, this is a fair choice. If you want more than that, I'd say skip it. I like films about underground societies, but this one really didn't work very well. For an artsy, quirky take on the subject, try Kontroll, an amazing Hungarian film. For a more fantasy-based take, try Nail Gaiman's Neverwhere. I'm not a huge fan of Gaiman, but even the worst of his work is better than this.

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