Really bad decisions and horror movies go together like peanut butter and jelly. There are countless examples: reading the blood-inked Necronomicon, attempting to tame a zombie, reaching down to pull the mask off a downed serial killer, saying Candyman’s name five times to a mirror. In the upcoming “The Devil Below” a group of amateur (key word) explorers visit an old Appalachian mining town that was abandoned 40 years earlier following a mysterious coal mine incident. After seeing the first trailer that proves to be another bad decision.
The film is directed by Bradley Parker who did the not-so-great 2013 horror flick “Chernobyl Diaries”. Much like that film, “The Devil Below” has a good setting and a potentially cool premise. Our first look shows miner Will Patton losing his son to what appears to be a subterranean creature. A few decades later our foolhardy adventurers arrive in the name of ‘research’ only to encounter a grizzled Patton who tries to warn them away. Guess how that goes. I admit, I’m kind of a sucker for these types of movies and I’m rooting for Parker to pull this one off.
“The Devil Below” opens March 5th in select theaters and on VOD. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.