'As Above So Below'
Director: John Erick Dowdle
Starring: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil, Marion Lambert, Ali Marhyar
I was instantly intrigued by 'As Above So Below'
, a 2014 horror film set in the Paris catacombs, when the first trailer started making the rounds last Summer. I've been sorta obsessed with the catacombs since seeing a "pod" about them on Current TV, Al Gore's cable network that began as a showcase for user-created content, a number of years back. So you can bet your ass that an underground fright fest, which is what 'As Above So Below'
was marketed as, was right up my alley.
I didn't get to see the flick when it was in theatres, so my assumption was that it was another ghost story, or some other type of psychological horror typical of the style of scary movies of our modern era, just transported into the claustrophobic world of the Paris underground. When I finally got a chance to sit down and watch the film here at Imageyenation HQ I found something far different, and far more in-line with my own interests in the supernatural, magick, alchemy, witchcraft, Rosicrucianism, and transcendental illumination.
Surprisingly, the film features elements of Indiana Jones-style archaeology, some of the mystery of the historical conspiracy fiction genre made famous by 'The Da Vinci Code'
, and a great deal of horror which to my delight springs from a foundation of alchemical philosophy (thanks to a story that hinges on a mystery involving Nicolas Flamel) that touches on notoions of "the dark night of the soul" and other ideas popularized by Robert Anton Wilson and his ilk. By the movies mid-point I had it figured out, but didn't believe I could possibly be right because it would mean a mainstream horror flick was based on some of my most beloved magickal concepts.
I fear I may have given too much away as it is, so I'm not going to discuss any more of the plot here. But for what I initially thought was just going to be another found-footage ghost flick or 'Flatliners'
-style psychological horror rehash, 'As Above So Below'
proved to be far more engaging, exciting, and satisyfing than I'd expected.
'As Above So Below'
Produced in part by 'Hobo With a Shotgun'
director Jason Eisener, 'Turbo Kid'
is a "post-apocalyptic BMX action splatter comedy" about a kid coming of age in a dystopian future that happened in the past?
It's currently playing at Sundance, with a wider release to (hopefully) follow.
When Motown's in-house backup band The Funk Brothers were showcased in a documentary several years ago they called 'Standing in the Shadow of Motown'
The new documentary about The Wrecking Crew, a group of studio musicians responsible for the music on countless Pop, Rock, and Soul classics, might as well be called 'Standing in the Shadow of Everybody'
Simply titled 'The Wrecking Crew'
, the Magnolia Pictures/Magnet Releasing film is out in theatres, on demand, and on VOD, March 13th.
'The Wrecking Crew'
The 2012 film 'Iron Sky'
, a movie about Nazis on the moon returning to conquer Earth, had a great premise, but was bogged down by some really silly bullshit.
I actually fell asleep while watching it.
Apparently a sequel, 'Iron Sky The Coming Race'
is in the works, which appears to draw on the Hollow Earth mythology of Edward Bulwer-Lytton's early sci-fi novel 'Vril, the Power of the Coming Race'
, which is believed to have inspired the more mystical aspects of the Nazi party.
That sounds, and looks, like another great premise.
I just hope they leave some of the more over-the-top comedic elements (did the Tyrannosaurus give the "heil Hitler"?) out this time.
Legendary Electro producer Arthur Baker has been working behind the scenes for some time to make it happen, and it looks like '808'
, a documentary film about the Roland TR808 drum machine, is finally here!
The film features the talking heads of folks like Afrika Bambaataa, Rick Rubin, Pharrell Williams, Fatboy Slim, Felix the Housecat, and others, and will hopefully delve into some real history of the machine itself outside of any specific musical genres.
It's due out some time next year.
Like I mentioned in the Jack Parsons post, I spend most Autumns on the hunt for attractions around "Haunted New England".
Back in the day this included local "Haunted Houses" put on at various locations across the region which I attended with glee in my younger years.
They've become less, and less common and more, and more expensive as the years have passed, so I don't attend as often as I'd like.
But the premise of 'The Houses October Built'
, where a group of friends seeking the most "extreme haunt" get more than they bargained for, sure does resonate with me.
As a former "Haunted House" junkie there were moments in the trailer that rang so true I found myself nodding my head saying "yes, yes".
I'm really looking forward to being creeped out by this one.
'The Houses October Built'
I was more than a little entertained by the inventive 2012 found-footage horror anthology 'V/H/S'
The 2013 follow-up, 'V/H/S/2'
, on the other hand seemed a bit slow-moving and didn't hold my attention quite as well.
The red-band trailer for the third installment, 'V/H/S: Viral'
, makes it look like it might skew a little closer to the original and provide some gore-drenched entertainment.
The flick hits video on demand on October 23rd, and select theatres November 21st.