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Looneymanthegreat's Movie Reviews (125)

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As Above, So Below 
There is no Secret Ingredient
2/4 stars

Iíve had enough of these found footage films. The Blair Witch project came out a decade and a half ago, and it doesnít really hold up. So why are we still riding the trend it started? Iím not a horror fan, so correct me if I donít understand the horror community, but I canít imagine that they are still excited about this genre.

That last Paranormal Activity was the most underwhelming in the series, and recent movies like The Conjuring and The Purge, which are decidedly not found footage, have become some of the most popular horror movies of all time. When are filmmakers going to get it through their skulls that people donít buy the shtick anymore?

As Above so Below is a fairly cookie cutter entry in the genre, and I honestly donít know what there is to say about it. It is exactly, almost shot for shot, the movie you think itís going to be. It does nothing interesting, and all the best parts are in the trailers.

To be fair, the weird lore that they create to set up the film is actually pretty interesting. This would have worked much better as a lame Indiana Jones rip-off then a lame Blair Witch rip-off. the first two thirds of the thing are basically fueled by a mystical mcguffin, jut like every Indiana Jones movie ever.

As Above so Below doesnít scare, it barely even entertains. I got through this picture the way I get through every boring horror picture: by pretending that Iím actually watching a sequel to The Cabin in the Woods, and that some villainous office workers are actually behind everything Iím watching.

Like Iíve already said, Iím not a horror buff. In order for a horror movie to impress me it has to do something thatís exceptionally different from other movies in its genre. But if you really like movies like this were a bunch of young people go into a supernatural thing, and die, then youíll probably like this fine. Itís just not for me.

Also, be warned; the ending rips off Kung-Foo Panda. Iím not kidding.

(By the way: If you like reading my reviews you should check out my brand new movie blog, Atchley-O-Saurus Movies! I'll be posting my new movie reviews there as well as on here, and I'll be posting a bunch of other fun movie content as well. you can find it at http://atchley-o-saurus.blogspot.com/ )


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