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AS ABOVE SO BELOW (2014) starring Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, and Edwin Hodge is the latest horror story to be told through the lenses of the ‘found footage’ genre. Loosely based on the young adult novel LEGION OF DWELLERS, written by Joel T. McGrath, this updated version has definitely been formatted and rewritten to appeal to a twenty-something audience. Interestingly, this project was actually filmed in the catacombs below the city of Paris amongst the roughly 6,000,000 corpses still entombed at this present day. Fascinating you might think? Unfortunately, the back story is more appealing than the actual movie.

When Scarlett Marlow, a professor and urban archaeologist, forms a team to descend into the Paris catacombs, it doesn’t take long before the group realizes that the city of dead will stop at nothing to viciously protect its secrets. Within minutes, we realize that the group’s search for the illusive Flamel’s Tomb and the Philosopher’s Stone—reportedly capable of turning base metals to gold and granting eternal life—will not be found without horrendous sacrifice.

A documentary-style film, AS ABOVE SO BELOW will immediately remind you of the BLAIR WITCH PROJECT 1999, and PARANORMAL ACTIVITIES 2007, with its erratic filming techniques and somewhat garbled dialogue. I have never personally been a fan of the found-footage genre, and find that I tire rather quickly of the shaky filming, distorted conversations, and inadequate lighting.

Our heroine’s boundless energy and insane commitment to finding the stone starts to wear a little thin after the first hour, and when we finally are treated to a few demonic creatures, we’ve lost interest and don’t seem all that concerned about the survivor’s eventual arrival at the gates of hell. Directed by John Erick Dowdle, Rated-R, 93 Minutes, Horror Thriller. ** 2 stars out of 5.

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Reviewed by Lynne Martin September 29, 2014
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