As Above/So Below opens in theaters everywhere this Friday (August 29th) from Legendary Pictures and Universal. Not only is it the first full-on horror film to come from Legendary since Trick ‘r Treat, it’s the latest project from the Dowdle brothers who have given us films like The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Quarantine and Devil.
To learn more about the film, I ventured out to Paris, France – where the film is set – to not only speak to the Dowdles, but to stars Perdita Weeks and Ben Feldman (Friday the 13th, Mad Men) as well. And we did it in the very catacombs beneath the street of Paris where this supernatural tale unfolds.
While at Comic-Con, I spoke to the Dowdles and they gave us a little bit insight into how the film came to fruition – check out that interview here.
In part one of my “catacombs discussion,” director John Erick Dowdle and co-writer/producer Drew Dowdle talk about emphasizing the adventure aspects of the story as much as the horror and the intense search they embarked on to find the right leading lady. Weeks and Feldman, meanwhile, report back that no major accidents happened on set in spite of the claustrophobic shooting conditions. They also shed a bit of light on their characters and what made their roles exciting.
The film’s synopsis: Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the secret of what this city of the dead was meant to contain. A journey into madness and terror, As Above, So Below reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all.