Beneath 2013 NR CC

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(100) IMDb 3.8/10
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When a group of friends take a trip to Black Lake, their celebration turns into a nightmare with the appearance of a bloodthirsty, underwater predator.

Starring:
Daniel Zovatto, Bonnie Dennison
Runtime:
1 hour, 31 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Horror
Director Larry Fessenden
Starring Daniel Zovatto, Bonnie Dennison
Supporting actors Chris Conroy, Jonny Orsini, Griffin Newman, Mackenzie Rosman, Mark Margolis, Jack Fessenden, Graham Reznick
Studio Chiller Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

No sex or nudity in this horror film.
The Movie Guy
Watch as they take a row boat into the middle of a lake and begin getting picked off, one by one, by some kind of giant, carnivorous fish.
Mark Eremite
Really what did i expect, movie was bad, having said that I did watch it all the way through.
Angelica Cruz

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Wiz TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 5, 2014
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This is what marks a well-crafted film and by that I mean developing your central characters at the outset (so that the viewer cares what happens to them in the following 90 minutes) then placing them within an interesting and credible situation, suddenly bring everything crashing down and next thing you know you're completely invested in a survival situation (reminiscent of those classic disaster films) only to introduce spooky events that takes it all careening sideways into bone-chilling horror.

There is something fundamentally creepy about deep underground (an underused horror milieu) and I believe "Beneath" is extremely effective at placing the viewer in the moment; allowing us to feel just as cut off and occasionally claustrophobic as the people we're watching. I also love a good group-oriented monster/disaster survival film (e.g. John Carpenter's "The Thing" or "The Abyss") and this movie definitely conveys that sort of feel as well, not to mention some exceptionally charged performances, which I suspect will go largely unnoticed in an under-the-radar horror flick.

There may be lots of lurid and or disturbing films coming out of the genre these days but not much in the legitimately frightening department ("The Conjuring" being an exception) but "Beneath" is very reminiscent of something from the glory days of John Carpenter and I personally could care less how big or small a budget this movie had because it's A-list horror all the way with some serious thrills and scares and a decent rewatchability factor to boot. Just wish it would've lasted longer but oh well... :o)
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mark Eremite VINE VOICE on July 25, 2013
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Here we have your standard creature feature with nearly every cliched element represented. You've got a group of cocky youngsters in a lake where there's no cell phone reception. You've got a curious mismatch of personalities, from the creepy loner to the blonde tease to the nerdy filmmaker wannabe and (of course) the alpha male joke. I mean, jock. You've even got a wizened old man who warns them about impending danger (they ignore the old fart, natch). Watch as they take a row boat into the middle of a lake and begin getting picked off, one by one, by some kind of giant, carnivorous fish.

Let's start with the only thing that works. I almost gave this movie one star but I decided not to solely because of the performances. These kids aren't portraying any group of seniors you'd ever want to know in real life, but at least they threw themselves into their roles wholeheartedly. The majority of them did pretty decent jobs, so kudos to the cast. It's too bad that the writing and directing were so completely inept that it turned the acting into frosting on a turd cake.

This is not to say the characters were any good. You've got Johnny, the morose moron who actually knew about the fish and didn't try to stop his so-called friends as they gadded about in the water. He spends 90% of his screen time sulking, scowling, and pouting for no real reason. It looked for all the world like they cast him just to give the film a poor man's replica of another Johnny -- Depp. Watch him emote! And demonstrate a total lack of responsibility or skill! There's the nebbish Zeke, who spends the bulk of the film either pitying or glorifying himself. There's three other people, including that blonde who is just plain enough to flirt shamelessly with everyone. The end result: they're all horrible jerks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By edward buchanan on January 8, 2014
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Fighting for survival against an ugly fish, everyone turning on eachother, very predictable.
I gave this film 4 stars because it kept me interested, although it was slow at times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LeoX on December 12, 2014
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Meh. Starts out ok and then devolves. I enjoyed parts of the movie, but ultimately wondered what the point of the plot was. Not a complete waste of time, so three stars (really more like 2.5)

This movie is an adequate thriller (not quite horror) film and I recommend it if you are looking to kill some time. If you are looking for a horror movie, or a good horror movie, seek elsewhere...

Spoilers

The story hangs around (as opposed to centers around) Jeff Fahey as the retiring coal miner. His daughter comes back to celebrate his retirement (there are multiple indications that he is retiring due to health problems, specifically black lung from mining) along with his co workers. The daughter has gone to the green side and become an enviro lawyer, much to the chagrin of her working class father and the folks she grew up with (including the obligatory old boyfriend who clearly still has a thing for her)

Daughter decides that she will go with her father on his last day of work. Unsurprising (to horror/thriller fans) there is, of course, a terrible accident and dad, daughter, and several others find themselves trapped in the mine.

Up to this point, the film "worked" for me. After this point, the film can't seem to decide whether the "events" are stress hallucinations, the result of low oxygen, or the machinations of the ghosts from a briefly mentioned earlier disaster a century ago. (I tend to vote ghosts, but the evidence is thin and the story is not terribly coherent even if that is the "real" explanation) Watching to the end was not painful, but not really rewarding as far as coming to a final resolution.

The one unreserved praise I will give is that a sequel seems unlikely.
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