Beneath the Darkness [Blu-ray]
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There is something about Dennis Quaid that makes him really creepy now. Its not simply acting - although it is really good - but maybe age or possibly years of acting that shines through in films like these. From the start he is out there being disturbing, too, and i liked that. This movie is powered by him, after all, and his character has to be believably disturbed and it is.
While there are a few places in the beginning that are slow, and the ending of this film - No Spoilers - isn't the best thing in the world, I still liked it. The plot is not one that is complex at all and, as with a lot of horror movies, it can be figured out rather quickly. That said, the chase, the uncovering, the mistakes - those things make up a movie to me. And those kids earn a nice little "why the hell are you doing that" badge. The acting is good enough and I kept wondering exactly what Dennis Quaid would end up doing next. there are also a few points that I did not expect - the stairs thing for one - that made me enjoy this more.
This is NOT going to overwhelm you as a film, and it shouldn't see that way. Simply watching the previews should tell you that you can figure it out fast. This is more like a character study off its medication, and I enjoy that. Quaid more than made up for any shortcomings for me.
PLOT: Dennis Quaid plays a creepy mortician in a central Texas town. A group of teens decide to trespass his abode for thrills and everything goes awry.
Quaid and cutie Aimee Teegarden head the cast, but it's Tony Oller who shines here as the troubled protagonist. He's very reminiscent of Robby Benson.
Like I said, the story is like a Scooby-Doo yarn, but realistic and without the dog. Although Quaid is over-the-top and somewhat campy as the villain the rest of the cast play it straight. I was surprised by the dramatic score and a few really touching scenes.
Some complain that the subplot of a dead sister and a ghost sighting goes nowhere, but it's there for a reason, just think about it.
Although there's some realistic cussing there's zero raunch.
BOTTOM LINE: I was pleasantly surpised by this great little film. It's classy, sometimes moving, mysterious and thrilling at the same time. What more could you ask for in a movie of this ilk?
Shot in Bastrop & Smithville, Texas, the film runs 96 minutes.
GRADE: A- or B+
The troupe of young actors were all seemingly straight out of some acting certificate program. Either that, or they were just poorly directed.
We wondered and kept wondering "how on EARTH did this movie get made!" A little Internet research, and you find that the writer put up 5 million of the 7 million budget. It played in 9 theaters for 3 days and made just over $9,000.
I can think of 5 million better things to spend 5 million dollars on. Like you know those vending machines with the toys in them.......
Seriously. It's REALLY bad.
The movie starts really brutally, and ends brutally with the same person. Mr. Ely (Dennis Quaid) is the town mortician. He is very pleasant and very social when other people are around but weird when he is alone. High schools kids decide to see what he is hiding and they are paying the price.
Average movie with good ending. The acting is OK but we are not scared at any moment (like the Vanishing for example) and we know how everything will end. Well, we think we know until the very end! Hence the three stars instead of one star for the somehow unpredictable ending.
Nowhere is this genre wasted more than in "Beneath the Darkness." This resolutely dull American gothic has an intriguing premise, but induces more snores than scares. This is the kind of movie that should be overflowing with dark, quirky humor -- but instead we get a slow, vague "thriller" with no twists or unexpected events. Everything interesting is revealed in the first half hour.
Ely (Dennis Quaid) is a well-loved football-star-turned-mortician in a small Texas town, but ever since his wife Rosemary died, he has become a weird recluse. Little do the townspeople realize that he's all too happy to kidnap people he dislikes at gunpoint and bury them alive in coffins. That's not a spoiler -- he does that in the opening scene, in explicit detail.
But one night a bunch of teens, including the troubled Travis (Tony Oller) and pretty Abby (Aimee Teegarden), break into his house -- and after they find a woman's corpse in Ely's bed, he kills one of them. But the police refuse to believe anything bad about Ely, so the teens must find another way of exposing Ely's murderous streak. The problem is, it might just get them killed...
"Beneath the Darkness" sounds kind of like a dark comedy, probably with lots of death and over-the-top absurdities. Maybe some "Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil" splattergore. If it had turned out that way, it might have been a fun movie. Instead, director Martin Guigui plays the entire thing painfully straight -- the only dark humor is from Quaid's hamtastic villain performance.
So instead of fleshing out the thin plot with something amusing, Guigui grinds slowly through a painfully tedious plot.Read more ›
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Originally saw this on Netflix and loved it so much i bought it. Great movie for any horror collectors set!!!!Published 2 months ago by Jamie
bought as a replacement for a library cheaper than what they wanted to charge me. great moviePublished 4 months ago by Amanda
Beneath the Darkness is all about Dennis Quaid's unusual character. Everything else about the film is just about forgettable with lackluster atmosphere and bad writing. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bryan
Dennis Quaid chews scenery in a highly entertaining fashion, aside from that this implausible, unintentionally silly movie is most notable for the sheer number of plot points that... Read morePublished 12 months ago by RL
As part of Splaterday marathon on TMC this one played like an extended Tales From The a Crypt episode. It only got one and a half stars out of four on Dish Networks rating system. Read morePublished 13 months ago by R. Childers
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