Director: Bradley Parker
Writer: Eric Scherbarth, Stefan Jaworski (Screenplay)
Starring: Alicia Sanz, Adan Canto, Will Patton, Zach Avery, Chinaza Uche, Jonatha Sadowski
Plot: 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.
Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: The Devil Below starts as four amateur adventurers led Arianne (Sanz) for a research team Darren (Canto), Jaime (Avery) and Shawn (Uche) head to a remote former mining around called Shookum Hills, a place abandoned after a mysterious fire decades before.
As the group start getting close to the mine, Darren reveals the secret to the research plan, as he looks to get to the bottom of what really happened in the mining community, only Schuttmann (Patton) a former miner has been planning to keep the secret of the mine from the outside world.
Thoughts on The Devil Below
Characters & Performances – Arianne is the guide that has the ability to find, track and get people into locations they wouldn’t normally be able to enter, she is tough with experience on her side in survival situations. She looks for more options to survive the situation the best, even if she knows they may well be outnumbered. Alicia Sanz does give us a strong performance in the leading role, being the toughest figure, we meet in the film. Darren is the man who wants to lead an investigation to the town and what happened there, he does keep secrets which will put the team in trouble, but he will make sure they are safe during the journey. Schuttmann has been keep the secret of the mine for decades, he leads the team that look to defend people from the threat at any cost. The supporting cast is filled with the typical characters who have a big of comedy, get involved in the needless side actions, who will lighten the mood from the main figures.
Story – The story here follows four adventurers who head to an abandoned mine as they look to find answers to what happened decades ago, only to learn the truth and find themselves needing to fight to survive against an unknown set of creatures the locals have worked hard to protect from the world. This is a fun little creature feature, that will dive into the ideas that the world could have had creatures around before humans and have become hidden, waiting for the chance to escape. The style is all good, slowly revealing the creatures as the film unfolds, showing just how many people will quietly go about protecting the world.
Themes – The Devil Below is a horror thriller that will dive into the creature feature style that will give us a fresh approach to what we are seeing in the creations. The idea of the abandoned locations have secrets is something we have seen before and if used correctly it will work, like this does, bringing a community together for the greater good.
Final Thoughts – The Devil Below is a fun creature feature, with original idea that is gripping from start to finish.