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Beneath the Darkness

3.6 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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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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  • Actors: Dennis Quaid, Tony Oller, Aimee Teegarden, Devon Werkheisser, Brett Cullen
  • Directors: Martin Guigui
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0064SVNAI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,987 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.

4/5
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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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This movie is the worst. My wife and I are big Quaid fans, but he just wasn't enough to make this movie watchable.

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.

Ouch.

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.
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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. Skip this one, you aren't missing anything.
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This is an OK movie about a psychopath who used to be a town hero (football QB) when in high school.

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.
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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? She won me over in this movie. Dennis was excellent as a crazy villain in an un-characteristic role for the all-American actor. I understand how this scary story could really happen in a small town.
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Ah, American gothic -- small towns with ugly secrets, and "ordinary" people who have gruesome habits where no one is looking.

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.
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