Landing on VOD in late 2020 during the pandemic, What lies below failed to impress the audience much. But his Netflix debut was a different story, as the horror thriller about a merman topped the streaming charts. The film, which was written and directed by Braden R. Duemmler, has become somewhat of a Netflix phenomenon as it became the # 1 watched new release of the app. But many are baffled by the ending, which some spectators found quite confusing. Warning, there are spoilers in case you haven’t watched What lies below just.
So what’s the matter with that ending? The film follows a socially awkward 16-year-old who meets her mother’s fiancé, a man whose charm, intelligence and beauty seem too perfect to be human. What it is. As the thriller unfolds, it becomes clear that the man in question is a fish monster. Some prefer the term Merman.
Ema Horvath stars as 16-year-old Liberty Wells, who comes home from camp and is immediately disturbed by the much younger man named John Smith, played by Trey Tucker, who only seems interested in impregnating her mother, played by American pie and American beauty favorite Mena Suvari. Smith claims to be an aquatic geneticist who studies lampreys. But it quickly becomes clear to the public that he is a fisherman like we haven’t seen since Guillermo Del Toro’s The shape of waterOnly this merman has a sinister agenda.
Unlike most cut and paste horror movies of late, What lies below takes a weird turn in act 3, and the ending has confused many. Liberty Wells wakes up in a diamond-shaped container that fills with water. Ema Horvath then turns out to be sitting between a number of other similar ‘cells’ that are all occupied by women. The very last second of the film shows Liberty breaking into a smile while completely submerged under water.
Braden R. Duemmler says that since the release of What lies below on Netflix. And now he takes responsibility for the end. Anyone who has watched the movie with subtitles will discover that John Smith the merman is actually an alien.
“I’ve heard it [cat] is out of the bag, because when you put the subtitles on, it apparently says “alien sounds”. So yes, I would say he’s kind of from another planet. I don’t want to turn it out much more than that. I would say, if you missed something, maybe go back to the time when Libby drove the car down to look into the lake and see what she sees. We could dig into its weeds more, if you like. “
So actually What lies below is a movie that must be watched repeatedly. The director seemed a bit reticent and delved deeper into that ending. The thriller actually has a second ending that shows several other mermen who look just like John Smith digging women out of walls. Braden R. Duemmler explains what is happening.
“Okay. I saw it as John was designed by his kind. He’s an exoskeleton designed like a Venus flycatcher. Although the exoskeleton is the same, the algorithm changes for each one. One of them is a scientist and a kind of flycatcher.” nerdy. The other is kind of hipster. The other is kind of rock and roll. They do it to attract different personalities, but they are always looking for the same thing, which is very evident in the last shot. copies. And I would say to anyone who was uncomfortable during the movie, go back and listen to John’s lines, and imagine him talking about Libby and Michelle as copies instead of people, and then all of a sudden his word choices make more sense. ”
He continues with this bit of information for viewers who remain baffled by the mysterious ending.
“They all come together when the police come together because they don’t want to leave a footprint. They’re much stronger, faster, more intelligent than us, have heightened senses, they’re a much advanced species, so they can clean up in no time. space out. “
The cell that Liberty is in at the end is actually inside a UFO, which is 100% confirmed by the writer’s director: “Yes, it is. It’s the hull of a spaceship.” And that smile that Ema Horvath bursts at the end of the movie ?, “She can breathe underwater and she realizes it. She hasn’t been impregnated yet. She’s been taken for further experiments. The blue light is the device that makes things breathe. Underwater.”
While the ending is confusing, Braden R. Duemmler doesn’t think he would go back to change anything. As he points out, he ran the thriller on a shoestring budget and is unaware that he would elaborate on anything beyond what is seen in the actual movie itself. With its popularity on Netflix, there is also always the possibility of a sequel that delves deeper into the mysteries that fans are currently left with. If you’d like to learn about some of the other confusing moments in the movie, the filmmaker has more answers on Entertainment Weekly.
Subjects: What Lies Below