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As Above, So Below (2014)

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When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.

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John Erick Dowdle

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John Erick Dowdle (screenplay), Drew Dowdle (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Perdita Weeks ... Scarlett
Ben Feldman ... George
Edwin Hodge ... Benji
François Civil ... Papillon
Marion Lambert Marion Lambert ... Souxie
Ali Marhyar Ali Marhyar ... Zed
Cosme Castro Cosme Castro ... La Taupe
Hamid Djavadan Hamid Djavadan ... Reza (as Hamidreza Javdan)
Théo Cholbi ... Gloomy Teenager
Emy Lévy Emy Lévy ... Tour Guide (as Emy Levy)
Roger Van Hool Roger Van Hool ... Scarlett's Father
Olivia Csiky Trnka ... Strange Young Woman
Hellyette Bess Hellyette Bess ... Strange Old Woman
Aryan Rahimian Aryan Rahimian ... Iranian Armed Guard
Samuel Aouizerate Samuel Aouizerate ... Danny
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Storyline

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. Written by Universal Pictures

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The only way out is down.


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Rated R for bloody violence/terror, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Latin

Release Date:

29 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Above, So Below See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,342,000, 31 August 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,197,315, 3 October 2014
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"As Above, So Below" is a saying from Occult Lore. See more »

Goofs

After Scarlett heals the wound on Souxie's arm with the stone, Souxie's sleeve is left bloody and with big holes in it. When they've gone through the underwater tunnel and are approaching La Taupe, Souxie's sleeve is clean and there are no holes in it. See more »

Quotes

Scarlett: If we find the chamber, then that's the way out. We'll find a way out.
Souxie: Are you sure?
Scarlett: I think I'm sure.
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Crazy Credits

On the last seconds of the end credits, you can hear a character saying "The only way out is down", followed by some of the noises heard on the catacombs earlier in the film. See more »


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Sur La Planche 2013
Written by Sacha Got and Marlon Magnée
Performed by La Femme
Courtesy of Musique En Societe S.A.R.L.
By arrangement with Hyperion Music Services
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Incredibly original in comparison to every horror movie coming out lately.
30 August 2014 | by moglindnoneSee all my reviews

"As Above, So Below"

I pondered this film for some time now. I've been trying to understand why it's done so poorly for the critics (not that that affects my opinion about a film). But I just didn't understand how we could have such stark differences in opinions about this film. I've heard it called, chiched, forced, just like all the other found footage films in this "saturated genre". And I thought none of those were true about this film. Save maybe "forced" in some moments.

Where to begin with this convoluted breakdown. The film clearly had some absurd qualities. First and foremost is the painfully contrived female protagonist. A mid-twenties girl who is fluent in 4 languages and 2 dead languages and 2 PhD's. Oh and a black belt in Krav Maga. She was beautiful, adventurous, intelligent, brave. Really? Too much. Waaay too much. HOWEVER. I know why they did it. For the sake of the story they needed a character who could do all of those things. The solution to this would've been simply to cast an older person. But that wouldn't cater to the targeted audience. They needed a full cast of young 20 somethings. There were other small things that were a little far fetched. Like "oh they conveniently had enough cameras for everyone and they never broke or got water damage." Of course. For the sake of a film in this type of genre to continue that had to be the case.

First I would like to debunk the myth that the "found footage" genre is saturated and overdone. Let me think of a couple memorable found footage films: "The Blair Witch Project".... "Paranormal Activities".... ummmm..... "Cloverfield"? I mean that's really all that stands out to me, but I'm not an avid horror fan. Maybe "Quarantine". The point is if you wanna complain about over done genres maybe you should look more in the direction of "If I stay", or "The Maze Runner" and movies alike. Or Exorcism movies. Oh. My. Gosh. Talk about overdone.

No other movie has beautifully meshed these two genres together. Historical-Mystery- Adventure and Horror. Maybe "The Mummy" but even that wasn't really going for HORROR. And maybe that's why I particularly enjoyed this film so much. I love the Historical adventures such as "Indiana Jones", "Laura Croft", "National Treasure". And they painted an idea that I don't think has been done a lot or very well. I've never seen a film that has painted Hell like they did. And I'm gonna be real, I was very creeped/stressed/scared. I think it's strongest point was it's middle act. It's build up to the finale was very well done. I continually had a sharp pain in my chest until the end. Also "George" was a pretty good actor. And the french people. Change the main girl and you've got a great movie.

In the end my reasons for why I liked it so much was that it was a fresh horror, unlike.. oh... I dunno... the thousands of possession and exorcism movies that come out every freaking year. And the concept was really intriguing.

As far as horror movies go? 9/10


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