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Beneath the Darkness [Blu-ray] (2011)

Dennis Quaid , Tony Oller , Martin Guigui  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dennis Quaid, Tony Oller, Aimee Teegarden, Devon Werkheisser, Brett Cullen
  • Directors: Martin Guigui
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0064SVNFS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,068 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Beneath the Darkness is a teen thriller in the style of Disturbia, with high school kids pitted against a psychotic villain in a community where adults refuse to see one of their own is a serial killer. The villain (Dennis Quaid) is a well-respected mortician in a town where he was once a legendary high school football star. But among the kids he is legendary for a more sinister reason - rumors that his house is haunted. The truth is more evil and much more dangerous – the town leader murdered his wife and her lover when he caught them having an affair, and now has secretly set up house with his wife’s embalmed corpse. The local hero is a flesh-and-blood monster who buries his victims alive, a sociopath who befriends adults and police while openly flaunting his murderous intentions to the teens. He will kill anyone who threatens to expose him or his now-perfect marriage.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never Try to Prove Ghosts Exist February 11, 2012
A groups of bored teens decide to spy on the creepy funeral director because they think his home is haunted. Sounds like the beginning to a bad idea, huh? It gets worse when the kids see something and decide they need to know what it is, deciding it would be worth it to snoop around the next time said home owner is away.

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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric, Spooky Suspense May 13, 2012
Dennis Quaid as a mortician? Yes, it works. Quite hauntingly. He pulls off a crazy, somewhat certifiable creep.

And he may have had better roles in his long acting career, but Quaid looks the part of Ely, the town's funeral director. And as for the dark, atmospheric environs, a character in itself, the dark mood sets, help build an unnerving suspense until the final "cerebral" scene with Quaid.

But the story really builds to an unstoppable thrill ride when high school friends, Travis, Abby and Danny, witness a strange occurrence at Ely's residence. Though the mortician lives alone, he is seen dancing with a corpse behind his front curtains.

The lead actors, Tony Oller and Aimee Teegarden ("Friday Night Lights") give realistic performances as bereaved adolescents. But the unblinking dare to break and enter Ely's funeral home/residence after a late night movie soon becomes a deadly tale of life and death. A cat-and-mouse game ensues and one of the friends sees an untimely end at the hand of Ely himself. But the discovery of a mysterious cadaver in the upstairs bedroom becomes bigger news for the small town rumor mill--and the close-knit group of inquisitive teenagers must find a quick solution to right a wrong before anymore bizarre goings-on transpire around town.

A great cast of actors and an intriguing tale of suspense and supernatural envelop this nifty horror movie. Good weekend afternoon flick to pass the time.

T.B. Grant
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scooby-Doo, but serious and without Scooby December 30, 2012
By Wuchak
That's how this excellent little mystery-horror film from 2011 struck me, and I mean that in a good way.

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+
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
"Help me prove he killed Danny." After thinking they saw a ghost a group of friends start to snoop around the home of local mortician Ely (Quaid). When they get caught something happens that changes their lives forever. Now with only their word it is up to them to convince the cops that the well liked Ely is actually a murderer. I had pretty high expectations for this movie. I really liked "Mr. Brooks" and I like Dennis Quaid and seeing him play a psycho I thought would be cool. Once again though like most movies the idea is better then the real thing. While Quaid was creepy the movie itself was very very slow moving and it took over 30 minutes for the movie to really begin. This is another movie where the ending is neat and worth it, but getting to the end is a struggle. This movie doesn't compare at all to "Mr. Brooks", but I would like to see Quaid in a better movie playing a character like this one. Overall, very slow and disappointing movie that had a lot of potential. I say C.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better then I thought
A friend told me about this movie. Never heard of it. It was alot different then the other Dennis Quaid movies I have seen. He played a bad creepy guy great. Read more
Published 4 days ago by jj
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird
Okay, this is a really strange movie. Starts out really weird, not really clear at first why the character of Dennis Quaid did what he did. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gloria J. Sanders
4.0 out of 5 stars It gets better and better as it goes along
I'll keep it brief. The longer you watch it, the better it gets. It's a good, suspenseful movie about high school kids vs. the crazy killer.
Published 2 months ago by G.S.
5.0 out of 5 stars BENEATH THE DARKNESS
Published 2 months ago by lobster
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good movie
I think the acting was really good. I'm impressed with how well the young actors conveyed the intensity of the story. Aimee is just gorgeous and how can you not love her? Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Gregg
3.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! - (...) - @tss5078
It is great to finally see Dennis Quaid play a character with personality again! Lately, it seems like he plays the same scarred, emotionless character, over and over again. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Todd Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
I probably wouldn't have seen this, even though I am a Dennis Quaid fan, if I didn't know the actress who played his dead wife. I LOVED the movie! Read more
Published 6 months ago by D. Vancuran
4.0 out of 5 stars weird but good
I love almost all , if not all of Dennis Quaid's movies. This one is a little weird, but well done, keeps you on your seat. Read more
Published 7 months ago by boadica
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth your time
This is just a really bad movie. I don't know why some people are giving it good ratings... Are they being sarcastic? There is no character development and the plot is weak. Read more
Published 9 months ago by ESW_ART
1.0 out of 5 stars If only there were ZERO stars!
This movie is the worst. My wife and I are big Quaid fans, but he just wasn't enough to make this movie watchable. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ian Savage
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