Presented by James M. Tate / 8/29/2014 / 1 Comment / 2014 , body count , handheld , horror
REVIEW OF AS ABOVE, SO BELOW
|year: 2014 rating: **|
That’s an underground tomb with an abundance of tunnels and skulls… And like in WITCH, our heroine is a bossy know-it-all forcing her reluctant laidback guy/friends to venture deeper into the Gothic maze to learn about, in this case, an eternal life giving “philosopher’s stone”, or something.
Scarlett, played by Perdita Weeks, really does know everything – way too much. Her learned expository hinders the suspense... it's like being in a haunted house with the homeowner as tour guide. Meanwhile, her team of fellow twenty-somethings are introduced decently in the setup, but once the ball gets rolling, the dizzying camera makes all humans an afterthought: when their individual time is up it hardly matters.
Audiences itching for bombastic horror will get a few neat scream-worthy jolts, yet ABOVE is really a mind-trip experience. Some of the elements…. like a burning car and a broken piano… are too weird/random to be genuinely frightening. The rest seems like chapters in a choose-your-own adventure book. And this one's not written very well, on any level.