The Devil Below

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4.21 h 28 min2021X-Ray16+
A group of four amateur adventurers who specialize in exploring remote and forsaken places pay a visit to Shookum Hills, a town in the remote Appalachian Mountains, which was abandoned decades ago due to a mysterious coal mine fire.
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Bradley Parker
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Alicia SanzAdan CantoWill Patton
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SuspenseHorror
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English [CC]
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Julio HallivisAndres RosendeAlejandro de LeonDiego Hallivis
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3.7 out of 5 stars

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HorrorHomeroomReviewed in the United States on March 5, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
No volume with the dialogue
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3/5 Just a warning to people; I bought this in SD and while I could hear sound, the dialogue is completely inaudible. Hopefully Amazon fixes it!

So, update on 3/6 - looks like the film was made "unavailable" for a while and now it's back up. Can anyone who rents or buys it leave a note about whether the dialogue is fixed. Not sure I want to buy it again (after getting a refund) until I know the sound is working.

Further update on 3/6 - the sound has been fixed and so I was able to watch what is a fairly decent (if somewhat predictable movie). Recommended.
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JaredPDXReviewed in the United States on March 6, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
A really interesting Monster Movie
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While waiting for the audio issues to be fixed, I saw a lot of negative reviews for the movie.

So I went in with low expectation.

But I really enjoyed the movie.

The lore they built for this movie is really fascinating.

I definitely need to watch this a few more times.
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Abe PralleReviewed in the United States on March 12, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Standard but decent adventure-horror fare
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My personal dealbreaker for any movie like this: is it stupid? Are the characters oblivious and do they do stupid things? The answer is mostly "no". As the film is otherwise decently made, that right there is enough for me to recommend this film for genre fans who aren't too picky.

The story has a pretty solid mystery to explore: what happened to cause the old mine to close? What are the surly townsfolk hiding? What's down there anyway?!

The main character is atypical and interesting; her companions much less so. Most of the other characters are fairly lackluster as well and can barely wait to die in some trite way.

There are no character arcs to speak of; no cathartic growth. A couple of characters take a stab at it by exchanging some secret shames when they think they're about to die, but mostly they're all just along for the ride.

No regrets on watching it; probably won't watch it again.
8 people found this helpful
Ben WhitneyReviewed in the United States on April 23, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
1/4 of a good monster movie
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Slightly below average monster movie. Trying to do a lot with a low budget and it shows...never any real clear shots of the "devil below"... poor CGI. Only a couple scenes really shine with good effects but it is mostly B grade stuff.

Would be really good to watch with friends and laugh at how horrible it is. It is a good mix of entertainment and hilariously bad movie.

The acting is decent. One really good actor (Will Patton) that is in about 1/4 of the movie or less. The rest of the actors are on par with any other horror movie or television show

Writing and storyline are pretty terrible...I will go into that in more detail in the spoiler area

Music and sound effects are probably the best part of this movie

Overall I say wait until this is free on amazon

*Spoilers ahead*
So many parts of this movie had me laughing so hard. From the very beginning. Man it starts off with a bang! Guy's son immediately gets taken by a monster....then he crawls back, to get taken again woah! ...and then he crawls back, to get taken again?! Now this is starting to become a comedy. They should have done that 5 more times.

Then nothing really happens for a long time! This always sucks with these movies. Like they have a good idea, a hook to get you interested....but then you find out that was pretty much all they had. Like KEEP GOING! You got us hooked with the supposedly main character losing his son and now lets see him find out what the hell took him and watch him fight these monsters. But no, they completely start a totally different story arc that has 0 interest. 5 Random scientist guys years later looking for a mine

Probably my favorite scene is when one of the "scientists" tries to kill some monsters with a grenade. Camera pans to the monsters...they are like 100 yards away playing around being monsters. Scientist says "Give me a grenade!" Camera pans to a close up of the scientist starting to throw the grenade when instantly a monster comes from off camera and grabs him...so he fumbles the grenade as he is throwing it and blows up!! The hilarious thing about this is the monster was facing him, it didn't sneak up on him, it didn't jump down from somewhere, it grabs him from the direction he is throwing the grenade. So literally if the camera had a little wider view we would be able to see this guy trying to throw a grenade at a monster that is five feet in front of him! 😂 He is like Brick from Anchorman when he fights everyone by holding a grenade in his hand

There are all kinds of weird timing / spatially incorrect scenes like this. One where a scientist falls into a hole in a wood floor as they are running from the monsters and instantly says "I'm OK!" ...such odd unnatural timing, almost as if he is saying "I am ok" as he is falling into the hole...usually when I fall the first thing I say are some cusswords then I dust myself off and look myself over, then I say "I'm OK" or "uh oh I broke something"

when the girl is climbing the rope out of the cave and Will Patton is reaching out his arm saying "I got you, come on!" when she is literally like 20 feet away down the rope. Will you must have a long ass arm! This is just poor editing, visually you are making it seem like she is far away but when you are directing Will you are telling him she is within arms reach. It is like they forgot to film a scene in there where she is actually within arms reach

The queen monster is on perma blur....mainly due to budget constraints. The two main characters are just waking up from knockout poison so they have blurry vision. So you can't really see the giant queen monster. But then they start to recover and the camera becomes clear...but anytime they show the queen the camera is blurred again. Yep another poorly edited scene with no continuity suffering from low budget limitations. If we got a clear view of the queen we could really see what horrible CGI they had done, so the director was probably like "just blur it out more" 😆

There are so many scenes when you expect something to happen but nothing ever does. Perfect parts that are set up for jump scares that turn out to be...nothing. Or parts of the movie where you think oh maybe that character will be back and do something heroic?! .....nope they dead. haha....Like the miner girl who tells the group of scientists "have some faith!" I am going to go off by myself and fight these monsters. A few scenes later the camera pans over and there she is just dead lying next to our main character.

And the final wrap up of the story....wow so terrible. Makes completely no sense. Will Patton wants to keep the monsters a secret and fight them with the random mining community....for what reason?!?! apparently he has been doing this unsuccessfully for years and years! Dude call the police, get the military involved, wipe those bastards out! They are freaking slow and they have a poison spike hand...that is it. At the end when our female protagonist is about to leave after fighting them the whole movie and having all of her team die.....she is definitely thinking bomb this place! Then for no reason at all she turns around and gets back in Will's car and says "yeah let's continue to fight these monsters that have literally killed almost everyone, yeah we are doing such a great job"...and end of movie 🤦‍♂️
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Joe WilsonReviewed in the United States on March 24, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
It commits the gravest sin... it's boring.
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The movie spends most of it's run time trying to avoid showing the monsters. Sometimes film makers do this to reserve the "reveal" for the end. Sometimes they do this to build tension and anticipation. I believe the film makers here did it because the monster design is really bad. And because they don't want to show the monsters what we instead end up with is a movie whose run time is filled with running from monsters and with pretty much no scenes that actually establish why these monsters would be considered especially dangerous. A lot can be done with a limited budget. A lot can be done to make a creature frightening without needing to show it. This movie doesn't manage either.

Bad monster design, bad pacing, bad script, and just flat out boring.
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Bubba PearsonReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good Old School Monster Movie
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Somewhat surprisingly, this turned out to be a pretty good movie. :-) It has more than a hint of the sort of overall vibe or feel one typically expects in the old-school 'monster movie' B classics of yesteryear, but the modern and better than average filmography, directing, special effects and story line pretty successfully make The Devil Below a much better than average movie for the more discerning (ahem) horror audiences of today. The fine acting, not at all commonplace in horror films as a rule, (actually, any acting not altogether horrible) was a much appreciated plus when it happened, and it happened more often and in more actors than one might expect.

Another recommendation for the film is the interesting premise on which it's based, which in my experience is unique to The Devil Below, although it is just a bit improbable, which shouldn't really be too unexpected in such a film. Anyway, without completely spoiling the story for potential viewers, I can tell you that well off the beaten path, way back a far piece from over yonder, uncivilized hillbillies seem to be in cahoots to keep outsiders from finding out -anything- related to a now-defunct mining business that used to be the only source of employment in the area. Unfortunately, the mining business and the town that grew up to support it, including the employees and their families... it's all disappeared over the last decade or so, even from the newest government maps. Well, someone from civilization seems to have noticed and hired a rough and tumble, Jill-of-all-trades wilderness guide to take a small scientific team in to investigate. With difficulty, the JOAT manages to find the area and ... the rest is what the movie is all about. :-)

What happens next, accompanied by quirky plot twists, worrisome suspense, scary situations and the exciting action that follows manages to keep things moving right along until the early unanswered questions are answered. Thankfully, the movie never falls into the all-too-common trap of overly-relying on the monster or special effects that all too often plagues other films of the type. As I mentioned earlier, it's a pretty good movie. The Devil Below is entertaining, enjoyable and my wife and I had a good time watching it, as I expect would most other fans of the genre. If this sounds like the sort of film you think would appeal to you and yours, fire up the popcorn, turn on the audio, turn out the lights, press play, kick back and relax into The Devil Below, a better-than-expected, pretty good modern monster movie.
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Tim F. MartinReviewed in the United States on April 5, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Decent enough but not outstanding
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The Devil Below, 2021. Kind of disappointing horror movie. Not awful or unwatchable but not one I would highly recommend. I have certainly seen far, far worse and for what it is, it isn't bad.

The movie is about a guide channeling Lara Croft, Arianne (Alicia Sanz), hired to lead a research team to an abandoned Appalachian mining town, Shookum Hills. We see in a prologue that apparently the coal miners unleashed monsters (which we don't see in the prologue) and lots of people died (the press did not mention the deaths being monster related). This critical, need to know information (monsters), is not known to Arianne, who researches where this town is and as a professional guide leads them there, or the team, who are looking for the mine for geological research.

When Arianne and the others get to Shookum Hills, they find suspicious and unwelcoming locals, people following them on the road, electrified fences, hidden drives, heavy metal gates...basically short of guard dogs, anything and everything that says Keep Out.

This of course doesn't deter the team, with Arianne determined to do her job of guiding and protecting the team and the others their research (and unsurprisingly fulfilling a hidden agenda). Also unsurprisingly, the team meets the subterranean monsters.

From there...kind of predictable. Big xenomorphic monsters. Team gets whittled down. Guns shooting in the dark. Bad Times.

Good, not bad actors or acting. Not bad monster design. Looks like a few scenes were actually filmed underground. I liked some elements of the locals and what they were doing. A few scenes towards the end had OK action. Arianne was likable and believable.

Bad. Eh. Monsters were barely glimpsed, between overly dark scenes and different camera techniques (one scene the pov character had trouble seeing from injuries) it was hard to see much. Not particularly scary either as far as horror goes, with most deaths off camera. The team is fairly generic and only Arianne and maybe two of the four of the team in any way are memorable. They just feel like they were made to be expendable. It's not badly made, just unremarkable as a movie. Might be fun as a part of a subterranean monster movie marathon, or if you like Lara Croft type heroines.
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Z. FesterReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Its good, when you know what is happening
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So as far as horror movies go I will have to give this one high marks in both the creature design and in some sense the story. The movie idea is akin to movies like The Cave and the Descent where a group of untrained explorers come across a new species of very very nasty humanoid creatures that have a hankering for human flesh with a twist of the Lovecraftian in there design.

However at times the camera work + audio can be very spotty and also confusing. It does the job of hiding the creature desgin to well, even in the trailer you can't see much. The characters are mostly paper thin but are doing there best to stand on in a film that clearly could have used some help

I give it a 3/5 on those grounds, good for a rental in your a fan of horror, but not one to purchase
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