The sci-fi horror film What Lies Below has topped the charts on Netflix after its debut on the streaming platform, but baffled viewers are calling it the ‘weirdest’ and ‘most confusing film ever’.
Directed by Braden Duemmler, the film centers on Liberty (Ema Horvath), a 16-year-old girl who returns from the camp to discover that her mother Michelle (Mena Suvari) has a new boyfriend, John (Trey Tucker). While he may seem perfect at first, Liberty is starting to suspect he’s not quite human.
What Lies Below was made available on Netflix over Easter weekend after it was first released on-demand in December 2020. It is now the number one movie on the platform, but critics are warning people not to waste their time watching it .
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What do you say? Sci-fi horror film What Lies Below, starring Mena Suvari and Trey Tucker, recently debuted on Netflix, where viewers are baffled by the ‘confusing’, ‘terrible’ storyline
Interesting … The film centers on a sinister merman, John, who chases single mother Michelle and her teenage daughter Liberty
Twist: John keeps a tank with parasitic punctures, is fascinated by menstrual blood and has scales, among other things. Unsurprisingly, Liberty quickly becomes suspicious of him
‘What Lies Below on Netflix is possibly the weirdest movie I’ve ever seen,’ one person tweeted, while another said, ‘What Lies Below on Netflix is one of the dumbest movies ever.’
Wow: Despite the highly negative reviews, the film has risen to the top of Netflix’s most watched chart
When viewers are introduced to the handsome John in the film, they discover that he is an “ aquatic geneticist ” investigating how certain fish can live in both fresh and saltwater habitats.
Strangely enough, he is allergic to salt, keeps a container of parasitic pricks, is fascinated by menstrual blood and has scales, among other things. Unsurprisingly, Liberty quickly becomes suspicious of him.
The movie seems like your typical horror movie, but the last five minutes contains a shocking turn that has left many people in total bewilderment scratched behind them.
Leading up to the end, Libby finds her mother tied up in a water tank and gives birth to the brood of John’s fish animal.
The teenager throws salt on John and helps her mother escape, but he eventually catches up with them.
When Libby wakes up, she is tied and gagged in the basement, surrounded by men who look like John. He then spits a glowing blue light into Libby’s mouth, possibly impregnating her.
Warning: Shortly after the movie debuted on Netflix, viewers began to express bewilderment at the ‘awful’ premise and baffling ending scenes
Spot: Many people have urged others not to watch the movie, while sharing their own confusion about its ending
The last scene of the movie shows Libby waking up in a water tank. She bangs on the glass and screams, but then she realizes she can breathe underwater and laughs. There is no other explanation for what John is or what he did to her.
Critics took to Twitter to seal the film and its ambiguous ending, leaving none of the questions answered.
What’s on Netflix below is the dumbest movie I’ve ever seen. I’m so crazy, not to mention INTERRUPT, ‘one person wrote.
“I just watched What Lies Below on Netflix and I really don’t know what I just saw,” admitted someone else.
Others joked that they were tempted to watch the movie because of the shirtless photo of Tucker used to promote the movie – in which he wears a small swimsuit while coming out of a lake.
‘You all. I was cheated by a thirst. Watched the trailer for What Lies Below on Netflix … AND FELL FOR A SHIRTLESS HOTTIE like a mouse offering up some tasty cheese. But it sucked. Sooooo bad. Run away, ”advised another.
Oops: Some joked that they were lured to the movie by the shirtless image of Tucker used to promote it
Inspiration? A few people drew comparisons between What Lies Below and the sci-fi book series Goosebumps
How? Others have wondered why the movie tops the list of most viewed sites
Some critics even compared the film to RL Stine’s Goosebumps series of children’s horror books.
“Haha, the new Netflix movie What Lies Below reminds me so much of that goosebumps book of the man who turns into a plant,” commented one Twitter user.
What Lies Below … what a really confusing, awful movie, ‘someone else agreed. “Like a sexy episode of Goosebumps.”
It’s not just the Twitter critics who have shared their dislike for the horror movie – it’s been panned elsewhere by viewers and professional critics as well.
The denouement when it comes is meant to be a cry of pure sci-fi horror; but really, you’d find better entertainment – and more energetic acting – if you watched an aquarium, ” film editor Cath Clarke wrote of the film.
“What Lies Below is a movie that looks like it ran out of ideas, money, and talent halfway through production,” added reviewer Ed Fortune. ‘Absolutely forgettable and unless you’re collecting bad movies that aren’t fun to watch, one to avoid.’