In classic old Hollywood horror movies, like the ones starring Boris Karloff, you were given details. If an ancient curse was disobeyed for the sake of greed, you knew why The Mummy came back to life and was killing people in that 1932 film. In a ghost story like 1944's The Uninvited, you learned who the ghost was. In 1961's The Innocents, we discovered the identity of the ghostly apparition. In Alien, we were told how the alien creature got onboard and how dangerous it was. In the excellent 2007 Spanish thriller, The Orphanage, we learned who the ghosts were.
We don't learn shit in As Above, So Below. We see a zombie-like brunette appear and scope out the expedition crew before it goes underground. We see her in the hidden chambers. We never learn who or what she was. We don't learn how a rotary phone wound up in the catacombs -- and still works. And who was that on the phone to Scarlett? Also, the invisible, mighty force that violently pushes crew members before they start the major part of their underground journey -- shouldn't that have been a clue that they might be in danger seeking hidden chambers with a magic rock in the bowels of France? And who or what are those ghosts or monsters in the caves? Why are there personal visions that freak out crew members? Don't the expedition team members have relatives who may get curious if they're never heard from again? And could Scarlett maybe apologize for irresponsibly leading a team of young explorers into an ancient curse? Now playing in cineplexes, here's a trailer for As Above, So Below.