As Above, So Below review – an average shocker, with some big jumps
Panic stations: Perdita Weeks in the subterranean horror As Above, So Below. Photograph: AP
Claustrophobes will find their panic buttons pushed by the increasingly confined spaces of this passable found-footage chiller set in the catacombs beneath the streets of Paris. Director and co-writer John Erick Dowdle (who directed the [REC]remake Quarantine and the hell-in-a-lift thriller Devil) has creepy fun with the crawl spaces through which our motley crew must venture in search of an alchemical stone buried at the gates of hell. Not a patch on Neil Marshall’s The Descent (to which it owes a weighty debt), this nuts-and-bolts shocker nevertheless has a few scares up its sleeve, thanks in no small part to a noisy soundtrack that cranks up the “boo!” factor, with unavoidably jumpy results.