as above so below cover art

Director: John Erick Dowdle

Writers: John Erick Dowdle, Drew Dowdle

Stars: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge

As Above, So Below (2014) – IMDb

Another of the found footage genre, this movie is about a young woman searching for the legendary Philosopher’s Stone beneath Paris. I would almost call this the Indiana Jones of Horror movies… though I’m sure there are other movies most would think fit the bill better.

The young heroine of the movie seems singularly obsessed with finding the Stone, which is normal of those that look for it, but at the same time, it seems as if something is trying to draw her there. The events that draw them to the location all seem particularly malicious. Where “there” is and why is a constant question however.

Some of the tricks that they go through to reach their destination are what remind me of Indiana Jones, but there is far more mental manipulation going on, as if a hungry creature reaches from the depths for the warmth of new fears to surround itself in. For me it’s one I’ve already viewed multiple times, as the idea of having to go down to get back up can be an odd concept.

It’s not a scary movie (to me) but it does have its special moments of suspense and intrigue, as well as the fun of a mystical treasure hunt. In the end it’s a strong 4 bloody kittens.

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