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Catacombs

3.4 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews

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On her first trip to Paris, a young woman hits a party in the Catacombs, the 200-mile labyrinth of limestone tunnels under the city that's lined with the remains of 7 million people. Separated from her friends, she becomes convinced that someone or something is chasing her.

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  • Actors: Shannyn Sossamon, Pink, Emil Hostina, Sandi Dragoi, Mihai Stanescu
  • Directors: David Elliot, Tomm Coker
  • Writers: David Elliot, Tomm Coker
  • Producers: Chad Cole, Ford Lytle Gilmore, Gregg Hoffman, Jason Constantine
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00105304M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,712 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Catacombs" on IMDb

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"Catacombs" (produced by Lions Gate Films / Twisted Pictures) stars Shannyn Sossamon as Victoria, slightly nervous American girl who has just arrived in Paris. Victoria visits her fun-loving sister Carolyn (Alecia Moore aka Pink) who with her friends in Paris drags timid Victoria down to the illegal party (like a rock concert) secretly thrown in Paris catacombs.

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.
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Catacombs is a movie that can be enjoyed as mindless entertainment but will not satisfy hardcore horror fans. In some senses, the movie has an entertaining quality to it. But the typical mistakes of B-horror will drive you crazy if you can't help but pick your horror movies apart. We all want to be frightened by horror, but we need that scare to be believable in order to buy into it. This movie is only believable in the sense that the characters, like people we all know, are very, very dumb.

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.
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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. A must see if you are fascinated by the creepy Paris catacombs. These two are the only two movies that I know of about the Paris catacombs.
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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. I've bought it twice now just to make sure there wasn't a problem with the first, but there was no change. The picture is very grainy and dark making it quite difficult to watch.
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That Alecia would have had a bigger role in the movie, but all in all, I enjoyed it. Much of it, is difficult to see....it is a "B" rated movie, and might even be a "C" rated. But if you are a P!nk fan, this is an essential for your collection.
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Shannyn Sossamon plays a young woman invited to Paris by her sister who is studying at the Sorbonne. Sossamon is shy and fearful while her sister, played by the singer Pink, is wild and uninhibited. The first night they attend a rave held illegally in the catacombs under Paris. The man throwing the party tells Sossamon's character the legend of a child raised by a black magic cult who lives in the catacombs terrorizing anyone who dares cross his path. Shortly thereafter he magically appears and murders Sossamon's sister. The rest of the movie is Sossamon lost in the catacombs, screaming, being chased, whining, screaming some more, whining, being chased, running, screaming . . . you get the picture.

Since the entire plot happens in the first 15 minutes the rest of the movie is pretty dull. Then there is the inevitable twist ending which is awful, akin to "it was all a dream". But after the twist you get the only good two minutes of the film. The ending is pretty cool. If you can sit through the first 77 minutes of this snoozefest and Pink's painful attempt at acting, you might enjoy the end like I did.
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