Noob Reviews: The Devil Below
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is The Devil Below?
Released in March 2021, The Devil Below is a part mix horror part mix thriller that sees us taken to the rural town of Shookum Hills.
Once a thriving mining town, now a very secretive and close-knit town wary of outsiders, the people of present-day Shookum Hills hide a dark secret - one which they believe the world is not yet ready for. Since the late 1970s, historians have sought to discover what happened to the thousand plus early residents of the original mining town that just upped and disappeared. Little do they know, deep within the mines and nesting beneath the mountains are dozens of elusive monsters that until now have been kept locked away behind electrified fences and steel gates. That was until Arianne and the team of scientists who hired her to be their guide for the area - break into the old mining area and release the beasts.
Luckily the present-day residents of Shookum Hills have prepared for an outbreak of their charges, but are they truly ready for what is about to be unleashed?
What type of genre is The Devil Below?
The Devil Below is part horror and part thriller.
What age rating is The Devil Below?
The Devil Below has an age rating of fifteen.
How long is The Devil Below?
The Devil Below has a run time of eighty-eight minutes.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailer linked from Vertical Entertainment US’ YouTube channel -
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think about The Devil Below?
The Devil Below was a film that snuck up on me. I had not seen it advertised, I had not heard any reviews about it, and yet when it popped up on my Netflix recommended list, I was curious, so I fired it up and had a watch.
When The Devil Below starts off, it starts off strong with people in immediate danger and been snatched by something stalking them from the shadows, and it keeps this pace throughout the film. Unfortunately, though as the film progresses, it goes from full of suspense and awe to mediocre and predictable. Falling for many of the overplayed horror film traps.
From an acting point of view, I was thrilled to see Alicia Sanz taking the lead role as I have seen a few of her performances before, and she has a fantastic on-screen presence and really pulls off the rough and rugged heroine. And another pleasant surprise was to see Will Patton pop us as what appears to be the antagonist - but I will avoid too many spoilers. Needless to say, I love Will Patton’s work, too, and he plays his parts well. In addition to the specific actors, the rest of the cast really do appear to be putting their hearts and souls into their roles. Admittedly some are more believable and engaging than others, but they do pretty well for the size and budget of the film.
Regarding the story, as I mentioned above, the film starts out fantastic and has a nice pace at which it builds suspense, intrigue and puts you on edge. Unfortunately, what could have been a present-day The Descent really lets itself down about two-thirds of the way into the film by falling into very generic and overused story elements. It begins to try too hard to be a spelunking horror and just ends up falling victim to being outdone by the many spelunking horrors already on the scene. What also lets the film down, in my opinion, was the costume design for the monsters, with the latex look, the dead eyes and gaping maws - they look like a 60s era alien concept. The monsters just look too humanoid (except for the queen). And too much like costumes - to be taken as fearsome beasts that instil fear.
Overall The Devil Below means well and is definitely watchable, but more as an action or thriller movie than horror. And as you have seen, it does have its ups and downs. Had it struck out on its own to try and become something new and different, I believe even with a small budget, it could have been so much better because of its location and cast. Unfortunately, it became a carbon copy of similar titles and let itself down.
What rating would you give The Devil Below?
I would rate The Devil Below as a 2.6 out of 5 bananas.
With a good sense of pacing, some fun fight scenes and a haunting atmospheric filming location, The Devil Below is a nice little film to kill some time with. It’s definitely watchable but does not compare to titles like The Descent, The Cave or at a push, The Hills Have Eyes that are all along a similar vein.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in The Devil Below and would like to check it out yourself, to form your own opinion, you can find it on Netflix here or on Amazon here.