What Lies Below is a creepy delight that ends up making you have more of it. Here we will break down the ending of this sci-fi horror movie. Braden Duemmler’s directorial debut has gathered massive success because of an intriguing idea and a competent cast. Hovarth is immensely talented and imbues Liberty with the perfect combination of vulnerable young girls and tough young women. What Lies Below hits those who enjoy a bit of beefcake, and an ambiguous ending. Hot men who seduce with their looks and enchant aren’t a new concept. Hot men that are more than their looks isn’t very unique either. Duemmler makes his film stand out by creating an atmosphere and writing characters that interest the audience.

What Lies Below Ending Explained

Liberty(Ema Hovarth) is an awkward teen girl. When she returns home from archeology camp, she gets to know her mother’s hot boyfriend will be living with them and has already turned the basement into a laboratory. Slowly, she observes he is too good to be true, and they are in real trouble. Before it is too late, Liberty must find a way to save herself and her mother from something that is difficult for her to comprehend. That ending does make you doubt a lot of things. Here are answers to all your questions.

What Is John?

John, the gorgeous Trey Tucker, presents as a human man, though a perfect male specimen, but just human. It evidently becomes obvious he isn’t quite normal. His words and some activities do raise red flags. This includes an almost obsessive need for water and a cringe-worthy desire for menstrual blood. Once Liberty notices there is something not right with her mother and John, it’s too late. John isn’t  what he looks like. Not a biologist, researcher, concerned citizen of Earth, or even casual lake enthusiast but something they had never thought of. He is a predatory alien here from his native planet, searching for a mate to probably produce his future children.
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John, who acts as a normal human has much more with him. Image: traileraddict.com

John needs fresh water to live, which is why he chokes on dinner in the starting of the film and smokes when Liberty throws salt on him. He is like a slug. Salt makes him crumble. Liberty’s mom used salt in the food, which caused him to choke. The research he is doing in the basement is a conspiracy to live a longer time on Earth and try to procreate with the women. He not only needs to keep them alive but allow his children to adapt to their new homes. That is why he studies the lamprey.

What are Lampreys?

Lampreys are an ancient parasitic fish. It is considered to be one of the most destructive invasive species there are. They hail from  the Atlantic Ocean; however,  their spectacular adaptability allows them to live in fresh and saltwater. With their funnel-shaped mouths filled with sharp teeth, they are nightmare fuels. Lampreys take their hosts’ lives by sucking the life out of them. John takes interest in them because of their adaptive abilities. The fact that the lampreys  have all but destroyed bony fish in the Great Lakes in the 1930s is also a proof of how destructive they are. In presence of anymore John’s, we won’t be able to live any longer on Earth.

What Happens To Liberty?

John discharges a glowing blue substance from his mouth and compels Liberty to swallow it. Obviously, this is a weird procreation method. In the end, What Lies Below Liberty brings us to a water-filled chamber and is trying hard to breathe. When she is unable to hold her breath any longer, she inhales the liquid and realizes she will not drown. She genuinely smiles or laughs as the camera pulls back to show she is not alone on the ship. She is cornered by women all in water-filled pods.
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Liberty (Ema Hovarth) in What Lies Below. Image: dailycaller.com

They all have flaming red hair, and all appear to be drugged. However, the reason as to why the others are asleep, and she is awake, is unknown, but John has been a busy boy. Earlier in the final act, Liberty notices a man who is John’s look-alike in town with a red-haired woman. This John doesn’t seem to recognize her lending belief to the theory that many John’s have all taken women to incubate children. It is completely unknown as to where they are going and how many John’s are there. The only thing that is certain is that John needs freshwater but is hoping to adapt, and there are multiple victims.

What’s With The Red Hair?

One of the incredible and confusing aspects about What Lies Below is John’s interest in red-haired women. He tells Liberty that she has got a little red in her hair, and Michelle makes note at the beginning of the movie that her hair was red when she met John. Presumably, he needs redheads to procreate with. We are not aware if she is a redhead naturally. If she is really a blond or brunette, her difficulty with the pregnancy could be a result of an incompatible system. If she is a natural redhead, it means Liberty could switch in for a nasty couple of months.
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Liberty’s mom. Source: thenaturalaristocrat.com

Redheads have some marvellous genetic characteristics. Gingers are able to produce their own Vitamin D quicker than everyone else and have higher thresholds for pain. They also discharge a sensual, earthy aroma caused by increased acidity in their skin mantle. Only 2% of the population turns out a true redhead. Redheads are difficult to sedate, which is not good news for Liberty but does make you wonder what john used to spook the other women in the pods we see at the end. There have been studies on rats that Vitamin D metabolism deficiency can be problematic for high sodium diets. Knowing John’s dislike towards salt, it is interesting to note that he may be attracted to redheads’ unique ability to make Vitamin D faster than other women. What Lies Below uses some weird science aspects and a hunky guy to create a tense movie that is thoroughly enjoyable. Full of creepy fish and even more disturbing sequences, it is a hidden gem worth your time.