Parents' Guide to

The Devil Below

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Poorly made monster movie has language, bloody violence.

Movie NR 2021 92 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

gross.

i would honestly rather experience the great depression again than watch this movie.
age 12+

Why cut the rope above you...

So poorly written the plot is forced. The worse bit was when she passed him a knife when they are on the rope.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This horror movie is poorly shot and written and too dark, with no suspense and with characters we don't care about -- but at least the monsters are kind of cool. The Devil Below -- which is from the maker of Chernobyl Diaries -- starts off immediately with a monster attack, a character getting brutally dragged away by something, before jumping to the present day (and lots of dialogue). The reason the adventurers are trying to find the old town and the mine are varied: One character mentions "The Well of Hell," where the "screams of the damned" can be heard, and another talks about a possible energy source. But the monster from the opening scene kills all suspense. We know where all this is going.

The characters are "types," each with a single trait, and it's impossible to care about them when they inevitably start getting picked off. The possible exception is Arianne, who's pretty cool. And it's always great to see Patton (Minari), who plays a grizzled, hardened Appalachian man. Director Bradley Parker favors shaky camerawork and poor lighting, but when we do get a look at his monsters and their face-fulls of teeth, it's enough to make you wish that The Devil Below had been better -- and more deserving of them.

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