The Devil Below is a 2021 horror film directed by Bradley Parker and distributed by Vertical Entertainment. The cast includes the talents of Alicia Sanz, Will Patton, Jonathan Sadowski, Adan Canto, and Zach Avery.

A scientific expedition investigates the strange happenings of an old and isolated mining town. What they dig up may unleash hell on earth. In a desperate bid for survival, can they escape with their lives?

Alicia Sanz as Arianne
Alicia Sanz as Arianne

What I Like

The Devil Below started off strong with a great visual and musical introduction. Tension is continuously built from beginning to end, rarely fumbling in this respect.

A drop of The Descent with bombastic Hollywood spectacle, this film feels like a unique combination. While I wouldn’t say it’s nearly as deep as The Descent, this movie provides horror with overwhelming odds stacked against the protagonists.

The Devil Below Team

What I Dislike

The Devil Below is the “turn your brain off and enjoy the show” type of horror. If you enjoy that or expect it, you’ll likely have a good time. If not, it might be a skip.

Unfortunately, the monsters don’t consistently live up to scrutiny. At times, the CGI works wonders and others it can’t keep up. While nothing is dramatically bad, the ominous and competent cinematography divides those moments even more.

Lastly, some characters simply serve the plot. The actors either have too little to work with, or they keep to their comfort zones.

Zeth M. Martinez

Final Thoughts

A surprising treat, The Devil Below balances bombastic Hollywood horror and ominous cinematography that creates an uncommon combination. While nothing to write home about, it is certainly worth a look to those interested. However, I can’t help but wish this movie surpassed expectations and broke into more memorable territory.

2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)

About the Author

Zeth received his M.A in English with a focus in Creative Writing at CSU, Chico. As a human writer, he published in the 9th volume of Multicultural Echoes, served on the editorial board of Watershed Review, and is a horror reviewer for Haunted MTL. All agree he is a real-life human and not an octopus in human skin. Fascinated by horror novels and their movie adaptations, Zeth channels his bone-riddled arms in their study. Games are also a tasty treat, but he only has the two human limbs to write. If you enjoy his writing, check out his website.

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