Watch ‘As Above, So Below’ Official Video Trailer: Paris Catacombs are Fascinating

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Watch As Above, So Below Official Video Trailer

As a long-time horror film fan, I have 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.

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 starring Perdita Weeks (Hamlet, Ready Player One), Ben Feldman (Drop Dead Diva), Marion Lambert, and Edwin Hodge (Sleepy Hollow, Red Dawn). The film 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.

Once down there, however, it is not just the dark secrets that lie below the streets of Paris they must deal with, but also their own personal demons. They must also find a way out.

But, as the movie’s tagline says, “The only way out is down”.

The Paris catacombs hold the remains of more than six million people. That is 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 is where all six million lie to this day – in 200 miles of tunnels right underneath Paris.

Creepy? You betcha. Fascinating? Absolutely.

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Walls in the Paris catacombs are literally built from body parts. Copyright Djtox, Creative Commons License.

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?