This was the perfect double feature, and I'll be telling you all about
Tusk for the letter T of My ABCs of Horror!
Proud PhD holder, student of dead languages, and thriving anthropologist Scarlett (Perdita Weeks) has always followed in her father's footsteps. Both fascinated with anthropology and the ways of the world eons before their time, when Scarlett's father took his own life she felt the need to carry on his work. But he wasn't just searching for pieces of dead languages or for shiny artifacts...well, maybe one artifact in particular. Scarlett's father was deeply interested in the ancient studies of Alchemy - a medieval form of chemistry that focused on the transformation of all kinds of matter. Be it gold, stone, or even human flesh - Alchemy fascinated Scarlett's father. But with this love of Alchemy, came the search for the Philosopher's Stone.
Scarlet's got a treasure to find. And it's going to change the world.
The Philosopher's Stone was a stone that was fabled to have the power to transform anything it came in contact with - it could create mountains of riches and heal wounds. But finding this stone has been a challenge that overtook both Scarlett's and her father's lives. Scarlett's latest venture has brought her to Paris, France. It is here that she has hired a cameraman named Benji (Edwin Hodge) whom she wants to document her final steps in discovering the Philosopher's Stone. And why is she so confident she'll find the stone now? Because while illegally scouting in Iran, Scarlett uncovered an ancient sculpture covered in scripture than held more clues as to where the resting place of the stone might be. The only issue though is that all the runes are in Aramaic, which is not one of the dead languages that Scarlett speaks. But her good friend George (Ben Feldman) who is currently staying in Paris does know Aramaic, and he is going to help her find the stone.
There's only one guy who can help, and the trip to Paris is an excellent bonus!
After some translating and consulting with an ancient tombstone that also holds key clues, George and Scarlett come to the conclusion that these clues are pointing down below their feet. Literally. The Philosopher's Stone, or at least the next parts of the riddle, lay within the catacombs underneath the city of Paris. Home to the bones and corpses of nearly 6 million people, the catacombs are an intense dusty labyrinth of tunnels with oodles of hiding places for a precious stone...but after taking a guided tour of the catacombs and consulting her ancient maps, Scarlett and George find that the clues aren't leading them down a well-beaten path. They having to go into the hidden tunnels and chambers where tourists aren't allowed to travel. But Scarlett can't navigate these tunnels alone, she needs the help of someone familiar with these tombs - and that is how she is introduced to Papillion.
Papillion (Francois Civil) is the go-to man if you're looking to sneak into the hidden parts of the catacombs, but this is not an easy mission and will require great stealth and a little help. Alongside his teammates Zed (Ali Marhyar) and Souxie (Marion Lambert), Papillion helps outfit George, Benji, and Scarlett and the group descends into the catacombs through a small fissure inside a train tunnel. But from the get-go there are immediate problems. The groups finds themselves trapped inside a cavern by a landslide and have no choice but to push onward - and that is when they come across the sealed door. Scarlett insists they take the sealed door because it is the quickest route, but Papillion begs otherwise - this passage is shrouded in mystery and those that enter it never come out. There is evil in there. But Scarlett wants that stone. The group pushes through the doorway, which ultimately seals their fate. From this moment on, they are met with unspeakable terrors that could only have leaked out of Hell itself. Was the Philosopher's Stone really worth it? What does it matter if all of these young explorers end up dead?
She may find what she's looking for - but is it worth killing all
of her friends for?
WOW! This movie took a twist that I never would have anticipated! I thought this was going to be similar to The Descent - just a group of thrill seekers trampling around in the catacombs under Paris when all Hell literally breaks loose. But no! This was like a demonic version of Indiana Jones, they're looking for buried treasure but the only thing keeping them from getting out alive in Satan and his minions. I'm not a big fan of found footage movies, because they feel too real for me - but aside from this feeling overly real, the action with the camera was just too intense and I actually got a little motion sick. Plus there are cameras on the headlamps of some of the cast members so the images jump around to different people's perspectives, this could be cool but the sudden changes and jostling was too much for my stomach to handle. If you're a fan of found footage movies, movies about expeditions gone wrong, things involving Hell and demons, and those whose ears perked up at the mentioning of the word Alchemy (I'm looking at you Fullmetal Alchemist fans!) then I do recommend checking this movie out. But bring a friend in case you need a hand to hold or to be resuscitated!
We survived the terror and nausea! Highly recommended movie but YIKES!!