Available today in select theaters, as well as video on demand (VOD) is the horror film, The Devil Below.
The Devil Below stars Alicia Sanz, Adan Canto, Zach Avery, Chinaza Uche, Jesse Latourette, with Jonathan Sadowski and Will Patton. I’m not familiar with any of the actors in this film.
I’m a big fan of the horror genre, so I am always happy to review any horror movie that is sent my way. While most horror movies are silly and laughable, I have come across a few “gems” here and there. For that reason I don’t pass up on any horror movies. You just never know when another great one will come along.
The Devil Below is about a mining town that died off due to fires that burn inside the coal mines. It’s impossible to live in the area because of the toxins coming from the raging fires that have lasted for many years.
A group of researchers with a taste for adventure head off to Appalachian country to locate the burning mine and see if they can find out what happened. The group is lead by a female who was hired to be their guide and help them to find the former town and burning mine.
The group encounter an electric fence around the area, and locals not too keen on them being there. That alone would have scared off most people, but not this group. They forge on.
They are finally able to locate the mine they were looking for, and they were elated about their their find. That is until one of their group is dragged by a rope and pulled into the mine. They try to help him but he’s disappeared. To complicate things, a local with a gun tried to get them away and forget about their missing friend.
Things pretty much go downhill – and fast – for the group. They tried to escape from the local, and go for help for their friend, but they end up in an even worse situation.
It doesn’t take long for the group to figure out why the locals protect the area, and they regret ever coming to the mines. They learn that horrible truth… it’s not just the fire and the toxins that you should be afraid of. There is something more lurking in the mines.
Will the group be able to escape? What exactly is in the mines? To find out, you need to see The Devil Below. Look for it at a theater near you or on VOD.
As a die hard horror movie fan, it takes A LOT to impress me.
The Devil Below is a cross between Chernobyl Diaries, The Decent and Silent Hill. There is a group of people who trespass on places they are not really suppose to be (Chernobyl Diaries). There is a burning underground mine with deep, dark secrets (Silent Hill) and people go into the caves, even though they know it’s dangerous (The Decent). Another words, the story line is not all that original. It’s been done before for the most part.
The acting is decent in this film. I have no issues with the acting whatsoever. Even the locals (lesser characters) did a good job.
The monsters are pretty cool. You don’t really get to see much of the monsters until later on in this film. They have a human-like quality to them, which I thinks make them even creepier. What are they really? Monsters or mutated people due to the toxic, burning mines?
The movie was a bit predictable, but in all fairness, almost all horror movies are predictable. It comes with the genre. The same way all Hallmark movies are same – boy and girl meet, they fall in love, something happens to break them apart, they get back together and live happily ever after. I’m sure you know what I mean.
My one negative about the movie is how dark it is. Most of the film is either shot in the dark (nighttime) or in the cave. I had a hard time seeing a lot of the action due to how dark the film was. I even turned off the living room lights to see if it made things easier to see. Sadly, even watching the film in darkness didn’t help. I wish movie makers would realize that making a film too dark takes away from being able to fully appreciate what is going on in the film.
Overall I thought the film was OK. I wouldn’t buy the film, but if I happened to see it playing on a premium channel (HBO, Syfy…) I would watch it again.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.