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As Above, So Below

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Directed byJohn Erick Dowdle
Written by
  • Drew Dowdle
  • John Erick Dowdle
Produced by
  • Thomas Tull
  • Jon Jashni
  • Drew Dowdle
  • Patrick Aiello
  • Perdita Weeks
  • Ben Feldman
  • Edwin Hodge
CinematographyLéo Hinstin
Edited byElliot Greenberg
Music byKeefus Ciancia


  • Legendary Pictures[1]
  • Brothers Dowdle[1]
Distributed byUniversal Pictures

Release date

  • August 29, 2014

Running time

93 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States[3]
Budget$5 million[4]
Box office$41.9 million[5]

As Above, So Below is a năm trước American horror film[5] written and directed by John Erick Dowdle and co-written by his brother Drew. The title refers to lớn the popular paraphrase of the second verse of the Emerald Tablet. It is presented as found footage of a documentary crew's experience exploring the Catacombs of Paris and was loosely based on the nine circles of Hell. The film was produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Universal Pictures, making it the first film in Legendary's giảm giá with Universal.[6] The film was released on August 29, năm trước, and stars Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil, Marion Lambert, and Ali Marhyar.[7][8] The film received generally negative reviews from critics, but grossed $41 million against its $5 million budget.


Scarlett Marlowe is a young scholar, continuing her dead father's tìm kiếm for the philosopher's stone, a legendary alchemical substance discovered by the alchemist Nicolas Flamel. The reputed stone is allegedly capable of turning base metals into gold or silver and granting eternal life. Scarlett discovers the "Rose Key" artifact in a cave slated for demolition, but after she sees a vision of her father as a hanged man, the demolition begins and she narrowly escapes.

Scarlett travels to lớn Paris. She enlists her former lover George and her cameraman Benji. Using codes from the key, they solve a riddle on Flamel's headstone and get coordinates pointing to lớn the Catacombs of Paris. Scarlett tries to lớn reach the location on an official tour, but it is off-limits. A stranger tells them a guide called Papillon will help them if they find him at a nearby club. Scarlett recruits Papillon, his girlfriend Souxie and his friend Zed.

Papillon takes the group to lớn an off-limits entrance. George initially refuses to lớn enter, but when a policeman confronts them, the group escapes into the caves. They encounter singing female cultists, including a woman they saw at the club (Representing condemned souls and angels of the First Vestibule of Hell). As the group crawls through a narrow tunnel, it collapses, trapping them and forcing them onward. The group finds a blocked tunnel, but Papillon explains people who go through that tunnel disappear. His friend La Taupe (i.e. "The Mole") is among the missing. He tries to lớn take a different path, but the group somehow loops back to lớn the blocked tunnel, and they decide to lớn break through.

Inside, the group encounters La Taupe, a condemned ghost trapped within the purgatorial catacombs. He tells them going further down is the only way out. They eventually find a tomb with a preserved Templar Knight, a mound of treasure, and the Flamel Stone. After they take the stone, attempting to lớn take the treasure triggers a trap and collapses the room. La Taupe seems lost under the rubble.

Using the Flamel Stone, Scarlett is able to lớn supernaturally heal a wound on Souxie's arm. They find a drawing of a door on the ceiling along with a Gnostic Star of David, symbolizing "As above, sánh below", which reveals a hidden opening in the floor. Going through, they find a tunnel marked with the phrase "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here" in Greek, identical to lớn the script on the entrance to lớn Hell in Dante's Inferno.

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On the other side of the tunnel, the group finds an upside-down reflection of the room they just left, where somehow La Taupe is waiting. He kills Souxie and disappears. Deeper in, the cultist from the club pushes Benji to lớn his death. Papillon is then sucked into a burning xế hộp by an apparition of a man who looks just lượt thích the stranger who told Scarlett to lớn find Papillon. The xế hộp implodes and buries Papillon in the floor. Scarlett, George, and Zed move on and see apparitions of terrifying spirits and demons. Statues in the wall come to lớn life, and one rips open George's throat. Scarlett tries to lớn heal the wound with the Flamel Stone, but cannot. She realizes she had stolen a false stone, and must return it to lớn its original place to lớn find the real stone and heal George.

Scarlett races back, finding the terrain is now flooded with blood and covered in biting faces. When she returns the stone, she sees a mirror and realizes the true power of the Flamel Stone is within her. As she returns to lớn George and Zed, she sees the same hanged man that she saw in Iran, and recognizes him as her father. She apologizes for ignoring his phone Call shortly before he committed suicide, and her father vanishes. Scarlett then returns to lớn George, healing him with a kiss.

Chased by demons, the three survivors are cornered in front of a dark hole. Scarlett explains that they must jump in and confess their past sins to lớn escape alive. George confesses that he failed to lớn save his brother from drowning, and Zed confesses that he has a bastard child he has refused to lớn claim. They jump into the hole and miraculously survive. They find a manhole at the bottom, which delivers them right side up to lớn the streets of Paris. Scarlett and George hold each other while Zed walks away, finally safe.

In an ending log, Scarlett says that she never ventured to lớn seek or obtain any material treasure, only the truth.


  • Perdita Weeks as Scarlett Marlowe, an accomplished scholar in tìm kiếm of the philosopher's stone. She is clever but reckless in her pursuit for the truth
  • Ben Feldman as George, Scarlett's ex, and an Aramaic translator with a hobby for breaking into old buildings to lớn repair things
  • Edwin Hodge as Benji, Scarlett's cameraman and tech specialist
  • François Civil as Papillon, their guide through the catacombs of Paris
  • Marion Lambert as Souxie, Papillon's girlfriend
  • Ali Marhyar as Zed, Papillon's friend
  • Pablo Nicomedes as La Taupe, Papillon's friend who lived in the Paris catacombs for five years until his disappearance down a disused tunnel
  • Hamidreza Javdan as Reza
  • Roger Van Hool as Scarlett's father, once a scholar in pursuit of the philosopher's stone, now deceased
  • Samuel Aouizerate as Danny, George's younger brother who drowned when George was still a child
  • Kaya Blocksage as The Curator


With permission from the French authorities the film was shot in the real catacombs of Paris.[9] There was very little use of props, as the actors had to lớn use the environment around them. Production in the actual catacombs was difficult for the cast and especially the crew as there was no electricity or cell phone service in the centuries-old tunnels.[9] As Ben Feldman suffered from claustrophobia, he had to lớn keep taking toilet breaks to lớn avoid discomfort.[citation needed]

Marketing and distribution[edit]

The first trailer of the film was revealed on April 24, năm trước.[10] YouTuber PewDiePie and his wife Marzia Bisognin promoted the film by embarking on a quest into the catacombs, where they would be scared in a variety of ways.[11]

As Above, So Below was released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 2, năm trước.[12]

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Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 28% based on 80 reviews, and an average rating of 4.70/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "After an intriguing setup that threatens to lớn claw its way out of found-footage overkill, As Above, So Below plummets into clichéd mediocrity."[13] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 39 out of 100 based on 24 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews."[14] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C−" on an A+ to lớn F scale.[15]

Peter Debruge gave the film a mixed review in Variety, writing, "It all makes for clumsy-fun escapism, not bad as end-of-summer chillers go, but small-time compared with other Legendary releases." Debruge also called the ending "unspeakably corny."[16] Kyle Anderson's review in Entertainment Weekly stated, "As Above has some genuine scares. The stakes begin as gut-wrenchingly real with the team feeling disoriented hundreds of meters beneath the streets, but the film gets downright silly once the caverns become malevolently sentient."[17] Bruce Demara wrote in The Toronto Star, "As Above, So Below has some good scares and a decent cast. But it's yet another found footage thriller, sánh jittery camera sequences may induce nausea."[18] Peter Bradshaw stated in The Guardian, "There are some interestingly contrived moments of claustrophobia and surreal lunacy, but this clichéd and slightly hand-me-down script neither scares nor amuses very satisfyingly."[19] Drew Hunt expressed similar sentiments in The Chicago Reader, writing "An intriguing and intensely creepy premise is squandered on this rudimentary found-footage horror film."[20] Terry Staunton gave the film a mildly positive review in Radio Times, stating, "It's a perfectly serviceable addition to lớn the 'found footage' genre of chillers from director/co-writer John Erick Dowdle (Devil), who puts cameras in each character's helmet, allowing quick cuts from one scene to lớn another. But despite the claustrophobia of the setting, he never quite racks up enough tension for a full-on fright-fest."[21] The entertainment oriented trang web JoBlo wrote, "Not the worst example of found footage by a long shot, and it moves a decent pace with a couple of good scares. However, this could have been a far more frightening feature if only it had expanded on its scary premise."[22]

Box office[edit]

The film grossed $8.3 million its opening weekend, finishing in third place. It went on to lớn gross $21.3 million in North America and $20.6 million in other territories, for a total gross of $41.9 million.[5]


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External links[edit]

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