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This is where the remains of seven-million people sleep in the maze of tunnels and graves, a creepy subterranean network that spans nearly 200 miles in length. For Victoria, however, things get serious when she gets lost there and runs into something very strange. Victoria must find out a way to get out of this place, but what can she do alone in the dark?
The story of "Catacombs" fairly looks like the 2004 horror film "Creep" (starring Franka Potente) or the 2005 thriller "The Descent" (far scarier than the other two). The difference is the nice choice of the location. The realistic production designs (the "Paris catacombs" were actually constructed in the soundstage in Romania) are fantastic, but sadly director Tomm Coker and David Elliot fail to use the claustrophobic atmosphere to the full.
For Victoria screams a lot and runs around in the maze, but the film itself is hardly scary. The pretty simple story, which has a potential of becoming a more gripping thriller, suddenly stops going further until the very ending which you will either love or hate.
I don't know why, but Shannyn Sossamon keeps appearing in horror films - "The Order" "Devour" and ... "One Missed Call." I don't think her acting here is bad though it is not great either. My impression may have something to do with the character she plays because you may (and I did) find the character of Victoria a bit annoying.Read more ›
This movie is very similar to The Blair Witch Project. There are no special effects to speak of. There's a lot of screaming, running, darkness and flashing lights to distract you. Yet not a lot happens. It's not really scary per se. The film does build up some angst with those techniques, but only if you are easily startled or have weak nerves. If you liked The Blair Witch Project, you may really enjoy this. If you thought that was silly, just move on.
If you've read the synopsis you know that the film takes place in the underground catacombs of Paris. They really do exist, although not in the way they are depicted in the movie. The set is well put together considering the budget. And they are in Paris after all! Yet despite the beautiful location, the film is visually mediocre with no special cinematography to speak of. A shot of the Eiffel Tower fully lit is the best you'll get.
The script makes a little bit of sense when you get to the end.Read more ›
PS- DVD is non-progressive and picture is not great. But this is not a problem as it has a grainy look. I wlll watch in many times again.
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Great movie, but this is more about the quality of the transfer. I don't know if i'm alone here but this movie has pretty terrible picture quality on this disc. Read morePublished 1 month ago by OoAK
I don't recall being told about this when i was on holiday in paris. Too bad, i would have probably been stupid enough to go into it. Ugh!Published 3 months ago by SnBresciani
I love horror movies and have always loved the Catacombs. Great twist at the end. I would highly recommend!!Published 5 months ago by Brittany A
I'm fascinated with horror movies about the Paris catacombs. (As above, so below) and this one, I just had to see. Both movies are 3 1/2 stars out of 5. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jonathan Crick
Ugh where to begin with the horror! First the pluses: the acting was not horrible, the concept, and having Pink Aka Alecia Moore acting in it. And well that is pretty much it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by tamiseena24