As a long-time horror film fan, I’ve been fascinated by the catacombs in Paris, France since I first heard of them decades ago. On my list of things I must see before I die, I haven’t managed to get to Paris to do just that yet. But I will. So, when I saw the official video trailer for the new horror movie ‘As Above, So Below‘ I ‘squeeeeeeed’ quite a lot actually. It was filmed in the Paris catacombs, which means watching the movie is almost as good as being there.
As Above, So Below is a low-budget horror movie that stars Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman and Edwin Hodge. It was directed by John Erick Dowdle, and tells the story of a team of archaeologists and explorers who go into the depths of the Paris catacombs in search of the legendary Philosopher’s Stone.
The Paris catacombs, by the way, hold the remains of more than six million people. That’s because cemeteries in Paris in the 17th and 18th century were filled to bursting with hundreds of thousands of bodies; bodies that were literally falling out of ‘charnier’ galleries built into cemetery walls when the walls collapsed due to too much use.
The bodies were eventually moved to old deserted mine shafts underneath the city for reburial; mine shafts now know as the Paris catacombs. That’s where they lie to this day – in 200 miles of tunnels right underneath Paris. Creepy? You betcha. Fascinating? Absolutely.
While the film is not getting particularly good reviews from critics so far, As Above, So Below may still be worth a look if you, like me, are interested in unusual old places where the macabre is everything. I know I’m going to see it. What about you?