As Above So Below
BY WADE NAZIRI ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
When trailers for horror movies come on the TV, a couple things come to mind. We automatically think of some mediocre plot line about a family moving into some creepy haunted house. This stereotype causes a lot of us to avoid horror movies. This August, a movie was released called "As Above So Below" that broke horror movie stereotypes.
This horror movie is much more fast paced, adventurous and mysterious than the common horror movie. It has feelings similar to that of thrilling adventure movies like “Indiana Jones” or “National Treasure”.
The movie follows history professor, Scarlett, on her quest for the philosopher’s stone. The philosopher’s stone was said to be created by the great alchemist Nicholas Flamel. Her journey is exciting from the first scene of the movie as she dares to enter Iran in her quest for the stone.
After finding a map in Iran, her journey leads her to Paris, more specifically the catacombs of Paris. Scarlett assembles a team to lead an exhibition through the restricted areas of the catacombs. When they enter the catacombs, the adventure and the horror begin.
The team is forced to enter a tunnel that most explorers never dare to enter. Unlike many horror movies, this movie does not jump right into some gory haunting. Instead, the team’s trek begins to be filled with eerie occurrences that come rare at first but progressively appear more.
With this tasteful use of horror, the plot line and adventure of the story is never cheated out. The “Indiana Jones”-like feelings never leave. To make it closer to the stone, the professor must solve puzzles along the way. But to make their adventure even more troubling, as they make it deeper and deeper into the catacombs, the rooms begin to repeat themselves and an exit is nowhere close to being found.
As the team’s fate seems to be at an ultimate low, horror enters in full effect. It had many moments that made me jump in my seat and not want to watch the screen, yet I couldn't look away.
Do not pass off this movie as some stereotypical horror film. It is also full of adventure and mystery. It will have you intrigued and scared at the same time. This is a horror movie that gives its genre a good name.