As Above, So Below

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6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 111 Ratings

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  • Summary: 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.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 23
  2. Negative: 8 out of 23
  1. Aug 29, 2014
    72
    The film’s finely tuned middle act, a fast-paced and quick-witted journey into (possible) madness, eventually gives way to an unsettlingly over the top final section that relies far too much on larger setpieces and supposed “big scares” that are never as good as the smaller, weirder stuff.
  2. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Sep 4, 2014
    63
    Novel enough to be worth the price of admission, but you'll think twice before getting back in line for a second visit.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Risley
    Aug 25, 2014
    60
    Boasts sporadically electrifying visuals but a frustratingly messy mythology.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Aug 28, 2014
    40
    There are some interestingly contrived moments of claustrophobia and surreal lunacy, but this cliched and slightly hand-me-down script neither scares nor amuses very satisfyingly.
  5. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Sep 3, 2014
    40
    While its characters attempt to go deeper, As Above/So Below’s stabs at scares and sentiment only seem that much shallower.
  6. 38
    It’s more unpleasant than scary, and ever so slow in getting up to speed.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Aug 30, 2014
    10
    An entertainment-free sinkhole of Dramamine-worthy nonsense.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 46
  2. Negative: 13 out of 46
  1. Dec 26, 2014
    10
    Stupid horror movies are boring; this one isn't stupid. It tries to establish its own mythology and sticks to it. Though the mythos isn't theStupid horror movies are boring; this one isn't stupid. It tries to establish its own mythology and sticks to it. Though the mythos isn't the best thing since sliced bread, I did appreciate the filmmakers giving it their best shot. This film is like a terrifying version of the abyss shot with headcams. They just keep going deeper and deeper into the depths of the underworld and it's a wild ride. It's worth watching once. I watched "sinister" last night, and in contrast, this flick was worlds better. The monsters were actually scary instead of some idiot wearing a tuxedo. Don't listen to people giving as above so below 0 scores because they obviously aren't bright enough to recognize what a real scary movie should be like. Expand
  2. Sep 6, 2014
    9
    So i was reading some of the users reviews and thought to myself. Let just try the movie.

    The movie is good you can't really see that it's
    So i was reading some of the users reviews and thought to myself. Let just try the movie.

    The movie is good you can't really see that it's a low budget film.
    The story is good not the best but it's ok.
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  3. Feb 5, 2015
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is a very good movie. The lead female character is great. The supporting cast is very strong, particularly the French crew.

    I thought it was really scary.

    The only reason I only gave it 8/10 is because [MINOR SPOILER] there's a part where they translate an ancient bit of text, and all the verses rhyme in English. That made zero sense and I couldn't concentrate on the movie for a while after that happened. Then they repeat that bit a lot which just reminds me how little sense it makes for a dead language to translate into rhyming English. If not for that, this would be 10/10.
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  4. May 10, 2015
    6
    To me, it was not that overwhelmingly bad, I like the location it takes place in and the scares were on-fleek. It would've helped if the movieTo me, it was not that overwhelmingly bad, I like the location it takes place in and the scares were on-fleek. It would've helped if the movie had more scares. Expand
  5. Sep 11, 2014
    4
    A young team ventures deep in the catacombs under Paris in quest of secret treasure. The first hour sets up a mildly interestingA young team ventures deep in the catacombs under Paris in quest of secret treasure. The first hour sets up a mildly interesting mystery/adventure, but when the "horror" finally arrives, the film deteriorates into scream scares and creepy stuff that's dumb and obscure. The filmmaker also uses the found footage approach (a la "Blair Witch Project" & "Paranormal Activity"), which I find a challenging but cheesy way to tell a story. Expand
  6. Sep 12, 2014
    3
    The same horror movie tricks every F*****g movie for the last 20 years! they need to lay off the indistry for a few years and come up with aThe same horror movie tricks every F*****g movie for the last 20 years! they need to lay off the indistry for a few years and come up with a GOOD idea AND story. Expand
  7. Nov 3, 2014
    0
    ¿En serio? una película de terror en una cueva donde a lo unico que le temen son a sus traumas? ¿de donde viene eso? la película es una¿En serio? una película de terror en una cueva donde a lo unico que le temen son a sus traumas? ¿de donde viene eso? la película es una tontería, no se explica, la trama es super sencilla, un grupo de personas va a explorar una cueva en busca de tesoros (la piedra filosofal) y resulta que esta maldita, ¿razones? ni idea, las muertes, los efectos, las actuaciones, el maquillaje, la fotografía... TODO PÉSIMO, no se entiende, aburre, los screamers son tontos, sin chiste, no asustan ni dan miedo, la claustrofobia que me tendría que dar no surge.
    un fracaso TOTAL!
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