Before we begin, found-footage was the only thing that took me out of this movie, because it nauseated me. I enjoy the authentic fear reactions and dialogue, but can’t that happen with a steady camera? I’m not going to be so post-modern to question the presence of a camera to tell the story. We need it. Duh. Found-footage does a great job of not relying on music to create fear, but traditionally shot films like The Innkeepers have also gone this way, along with an authentic acting style. Found-footage is basically an indie film relying on a trick to get a wider audience. That said, I still recommend As Above/So Below from a conceptual standpoint.
Out this weekend, As Above/So Below is a found-footage horror film about a group that goes into the Parisian catacombs looking for the fabled philosopher’s stone, a potential source of eternal life.
- I loved the National Treasure-style fun facts about the catacombs, alchemy, Nicholas Flamel, and Dante’s Inferno.
- Claustrophobia freaked me out this entire movie. The actors committed to being scared, so I was scared.
- Scarlett (Perdita Weeks), the protagonist, is brave and singular. I loved cheering for her.
Dark Muse Value
The film asks questions like…
- How do we rectify our wrongs?
- What is the true source of eternal life?
- Is the world what we believe it to be because it’s what we believe it to be?
- How are Truth and truth different?