The sci-fi horror film What Lies Below has topped the charts on Netflix after its debut on the streaming platform, but baffled viewers have dubbed it the ‘weirdest’ and ‘most confusing movie ever.’
Directed by Braden Duemmler, the movie centers around Liberty (Ema Horvath), a 16-year-old girl who returns home from camp to find her mother Michelle (Mena Suvari) has a new boyfriend, John (Trey Tucker). While he seems perfect at first, Liberty starts to suspect he isn’t 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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Say what? Sci-fi horror movie What Lies Below, starring Mena Suvari and Trey Tucker, recently debuted on Netflix, where viewers have been left baffled by its ‘confusing’, ‘terrible’ plotline
Interesting… The film centers around a sinister merman, John, who preys on single mom Michelle and her teenage daughter Liberty
Twist: John keeps a tank of parasitic lampreys, is fascinated by menstrual blood, and has scales, among other things. Unsurprisingly, Liberty soon becomes suspicious of him
‘What Lies Below on Netflix might the weirdest movie I’ve ever seen,’ one person tweeted, while another commented: ‘What Lies Below on Netflix is one of the dumbest movies Ever.’
Wow: Despite the very negative reviews, the movie has soared to the top of Netflix’s most-watched chart
When viewers are introduced to hunky John in the movie, they learn he is an ‘aquatic geneticist’ who is studying how certain fish can live in both fresh water and saltwater habitats.
Strangely, he is allergic to salt, keeps a tank of parasitic lampreys, is fascinated by menstrual blood, and has scales, among other things. Unsurprisingly, Liberty soon becomes suspicious of him.
The movie seems like your typical horror flick, but the last five minutes feature a shocking twist that has left many people scratching their heads in utter bewilderment.
In the lead-up to the ending, Libby finds her mother tied up in a water tank, giving birth to John’s fish creature spawn.
The teen throws salt on John and helps her mom escape, but he ends up catching 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 voicing bewilderment over its ‘terrible’ premise and baffling end scenes
Mockery: Many people have urged others to avoid watching the film, while sharing their own confusion over its ending
The film’s final scene shows Libby waking up in a water tank. She pounds on the glass and screams, but then she realizes she can breathe underwater and smiles. There is no other explanation as to what John is or what he had done with her.
Critics have been taking to Twitter to slam the film and its ambiguous ending, which didn’t answer any of the questions it raised.
‘What lies below on Netflix is the dumbest movie I have ever seen. I’m so mad lmao not to mention DISTURBING,’ one person wrote.
‘I just watched What Lies Below on Netflix and I genuinely don’t know what I just watched,’ someone else admitted.
Others joked that they had been lured into watching the movie because of the shirtless photo of Tucker that was used to promote it – in which he is seen wearing a pair of tiny swim shorts while emerging from a lake.
‘Y’all. I got tricked by a thirst trap. Watched the trailer for What Lies Below on Netflix….AND FELL FOR A SHIRTLESS HOTTIE like a mouse offered some tasty cheese. But it was bad. Sooooo bad. Run away,’ another advised.
Whoops: Some joked that they had been lured into watching the movie by the shirtless image of Tucker that was used to promote it
Inspiration? A few people drew comparisons between What Lies Below and the sci-fi book series Goosebumps
How? Others have questioned why the movie has topped the site’s most-watched chart
Some critics even compared the movie to R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series of horror books for kids.
‘Haha the new Netflix movie What Lies Below reminds me so much of that Goosebumps book of the guy that turns into a plant,’ one Twitter user noted.
‘What Lies Below… what a truly confusing, terrible film,’ someone else agreed. ‘Like a sexy episode of Goosebumps.’
It’s not just the Twitter critics who have shared their dislike of the horror movie – it has also been panned by viewers, and professional critics, elsewhere.
‘The denouement when it comes is meant to be shriek of pure sci-fi horror; but really, you’d find better entertainment – and more energetic acting – watching a fish tank,’ film editor Cath Clarke wrote of the movie.
‘What Lies Below is a movie that looks like it ran out of ideas, money and talent halfway through it’s production,’ reviewer Ed Fortune added. ‘Utterly forgettable and unless you collect bad movies that aren’t any fun to watch, one to avoid.’