Nine Miles Down (2009 film)

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Nine Miles Down (2009), AKA Hell Underground


"Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil..." A security expert is sent to a remote scientific camp to investigate strange things that are happening.


  • Release Date: 2009
  • Country/Language: South Africa, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Science Fiction
  • Setting: Modern (2000s) Sahara Desert, Africa
  • Runtime: 1 hr 26 min
  • Starring: Adrian Paul, Amanda Douge, Anthony Waller
  • Director: Anthony Waller
  • Writer: Everett De Roche, Anthony Waller
  • Producer/Production Co: Silverback Films, Gone to Hell, A-Mark Entertainment
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (equivalent of a PG-13 or R for mild Violence, brief Nudity, and occasional Profanity)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Has no actual "Lovecraftian" content, though some fans may find the eerie location, dream-like atmosphere, and surreal imagery suggestive of some qualities of Lovecraft's work (an "Eldritch Location" film).

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

  • TheHrunting at From Black to Red (7.5/10) (link) - "The story of "Nine Miles Down" is something in the vicinity of "The Shining" meets "The Thing" meets "The Andromeda Strain" with, of course, their own characteristics and not as overblown of a budget. This is a psychological thriller about an ambitious science project that comes with its share of local superstitions. This is what "The Devil's Tomb" wanted to be..."
  • Jocke Andersson at RuberMonsterFetishism, (link) - "Nine Miles Down is a fine little thriller which plays its Is it/Isnt it card well. Good viewing..."
  • Paul Cooke at Ballistic Blood Bullets, (7/10) (link) - "The atmospheric eeriness permeates proceedings throughout, along with a subtle and highly effective use of sound, combining sublimely with some very neat uses of acute camera angles."
  • Richard Cross at 20/20 Movie Reviews, (link) - "(0/4) There’s a reasonable idea for a horror movie in Nine Miles Down.... There's little that director Anthony Waller can do with the material, and even if there was he doesn't seem to possess the necessary tools to make much of a transformation. There are a few visual flourishes, some half-clever ideas that are never followed up, and a twist ending which makes everything that's gone before largely redundant."
  • Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review, (2.5/5 Stars) (link) - "Essentially [begins as a] stripped-back isolation drama.... Once events start to kick in, Nine Miles Down reveals a plot that comes with a head-scratchingly left-field corniness.... This is confirmed not long after as Adrian Paul starts hearing the voices of damned souls in the sounds coming up from the pit and then thinks that survivor Kate Naura might be in league with or a manifestation of the Devil. These revelations kick in with a clunky laughability – the discovery of a physical Hell... an absurdly corny plot device...."

Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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Based on the widespread 1990s urban myth surrounding the claim that Russian scientists in Siberia had drilled so deep that they had broken through into 'hell' and recorded the 'screams of the damned' emanating from the borehole. A security expert is sent to a remote and mysteriously deserted scientific camp to investigate strange things that are happening, and discovers evidence that the scientists there drilled deep into the earth, breaking into an vast cavity containing 'something evil' which creates havoc in the camp, prompting suicides, sacrifices, and ominous messages scrawled on the walls. The plot thickens when a mysterious woman jogs in out of the desert, claims to be the last surviving member of the team, insists on leaving immediately, and before long is revealed to be telling a story that does not add up. Things get worst for the security expert when he finds recordings from deep in the well that sound like vast crowds of screaming humans, and begins seeing his dead wife and other hallucinations. The ending provides the plot twist that the pit actually contained a hallucinogenic gas, and that much of what the security expert has been seeing was all in his imagination.


Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • The film was originally to have been directed by John Carpenter.

Associated Mythos Elements

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