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Beneath Still Waters (Widescreen) (2007)

Michael McKell , Raquel Meroño , Brian Yuzna  |  R |  DVD
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael McKell, Raquel Meroño, Charlotte Salt, Patrick Gordon, Manuel Manquiña
  • Directors: Brian Yuzna
  • Writers: Matthew Costello, Mike Hostench, Ángel Sala
  • Producers: Brian Yuzna, Antonia Nava, Carlos Fernández, José Luis Jiménez
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MRNWJ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,674 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beneath Still Waters (Widescreen)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A supernatural force is devouring the village of Marinbad and its inhabitants, and is threatening to spread beyond its geographical limits. A group of men from the village manage to convince the authorities to build a dam, which would flood the valley and therefore submerge the village forever, sealing the evil force under water. But something remained down in the depths when the waters covered Marinbad. Now, 40 years later, an array of disappearances and deaths in mysterious circumstances are threatening the village built next to the reservoir that now covers Marinbad.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brian Yuzna's answer to Dagon October 11, 2007
Beneath Still Waters (Brian Yuzna, 2005)

I'd probably have passed the one up altogether were it not based on a Matthew Costello novel. I had no idea when I sat down to watch it that it was directed by Stuart Gordon protege Brian Yuzna, who's done some very interesting stuff over the years (though, to be fair, some not-so-interesting stuff as well). Yuzna, as Gordon before him (with Dagon), heads over to Spain, presumably to make a cheaper movie, casts a few minor personages on their way up and some established Spanish stars, and injects as much Lovecraftian silliness into this manuscript as he possibly can. But for the production values and Yuzna's slightly less-steady hand, this might as well be a Gordon flick, and I mean that as praise.

In 1965, the small Spanish town of Marienbad is to be flooded when a dam is built to supply power to the new neighboring town, Desbaria. Two children are investigating the town before it gets flooded, and they discover something horrific-- four people chained in the basement of one of the houses. One of them sets the leader free and is killed for his troubles; the other flees, retreating into insanity for the rest of his days. Fast-forward to the fortieth anniversary of the dam, and Desbaria is putting on a celebration. It's drawn Dan Quarry, a journalist (Michael McKell, of the long-running daytime soap Doctors) who's doing a story on the sunken town, and Teresa Borgia (Raquel Merono, who showed up-- surprise!-- in Dagon), daughter of the last mayor of Marienbad and the first mayor of Desbaria, a plucky news reporter. (For there must always be a plucky news reporter.) Teresa's daughter, Clara (Charlotte Salt, of the upcoming Beowulf), London born and bred, is desperately bored with the small town. Until all hell breaks loose, that is.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I REALLY ENJOYED THIS FILM ! September 22, 2007
I just finished watching this film on the Sci-Fi channel. I really thought this film was well done and had a descent story. There is alot of gore, some nudity and what I thought were good special effects. Granted this was the 92 minute edited fullscreen version so I can`t wait until I receive the unedited 100 minute version in widescreen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars horrable June 1, 2009
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if you enjoy soft porn this is the movie for you !! this could have been a good movie but some where along the way they lost the script so they just had women run around nude and threw in a very graffic sex orgy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE FILM. THE TRUE EURO-TURKEY. March 5, 2009
Nothing of any interest here. Rent something else!

This is a Spanish film shot in English with Spanish actors - so expect a huge latitude of accents (from laughable to hilarious). The story starts from a promising (an old village submerged by a big dam) and sinks fast into cliché (there was a devilish population of orgiastic devil worshipers there who suddenly come back 40 years after the fact to get some revenge).

The film could have been a nice thing if it was not for an ultimately bad script that boosts laughable characters, laughable situations, a contrived story and many many many genre clichés. The effects are not bad, but one would expect better ideas.

Mr. Yuzna, who is a talented director, keeps working with bad scripts and ruining his reputation. He should make less films and better ones. This is a Spanish quickie project made to exploit the relationship between the Spanish producer and the American distributor. Beware!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More enjoyable than it probably should be December 29, 2009
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If this were my first time watching this, I definitely would've only given it two stars. I'll get to that soon.

This film, which involves an occult force, the leader of which is able to summon a supernatural power than slowly corrupts the town, not surprisingly has something of a Lovecraftian feel to it - well, the kind of feel that usually comes with movie adaptations of Lovecraft stories at least, which isn't so good, but moving on...

Good: Actually the earlier parts of the movie succeed in achieving an ominous feel with disappearances, signs that "something" is not right in this town and such. The back story flashback that appears later is creepy and... er, some of the characters had potential I guess. The cult lead is kind of intimidating.

Bad: Narrative seems to skip from the mother to the daughter abruptly and sometimes in confusing ways. Most central characters didn't get enough focus. The pacing towards the end felt rushed. The cult leader's powers aren't well-defined and he seems to gain new abilities out of nowhere, and not even for the sake of plot.

So yeah, bad overwhelms good here. Unfortunately.

But here's the thing: like most DVD's I buy here, I saw the movie on TV first - a few times actually - and... well, obviously I liked it (well, moderately enjoyed it at least)otherwise I wouldn't want the DVD (this is why I don't give many negative reviews here). I think that I can re-watch it says something, at least, considering the runtime.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not all that bad September 30, 2007
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I saw this on the Sci-Fi Channel, it was actually one of their better movies. Forty years ago, some cannibalistic Satan worshippers were chained up in a house and the waters behind a newly built dam were allowed to rise until they were drowned beneath it. Unfortunately, minutes before the water rose, a kid was exploring the town and let the head bad guy go.

Flash forward 40 years. Some evil force has awakened and people are starting to turn up dead. The main characters are a TV reporter (hot babe!) who's quite likable and her daughter (hot babe #2!) who has lost her friend to the mysterious force. There's also another reporter, this one a guy, who shows up to be the hero. I didn't much care for him, he's basically a jerk. This is one of those movies where every secondary character has a lot of personality, and that makes the whole thing quite a bit more fun. They also throw in one of those scenarios where the big 40th anniversary of the dam is soon to be celebrated, biggest event in the town's history, yadda yadda yadda. As if we needed to see that played out for the 1,000th time.

Overall, if you like low budget horror movies, with a couple of hot babes (who actually look like mother and daughter), well, this one isn't too bad. The plot moves along at a fair pace and although this certainly isn't any sort of masterpiece, it succeeds in keeping the B-movie lover entertained for 90 minutes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beneath Still waters
A spiritual power is killing an entire town and is about to go global until the town builds a dam causing a flood to form a river over the cursed town. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark J. House
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Came with no case
Published 3 months ago by Jason Glidden
1.0 out of 5 stars BOO BAD
Published 4 months ago by Carolyn Stanley
3.0 out of 5 stars it was fine
This was another strange offering. I think I liked it. I can say I did not hate it. Near the end i was hoping they would get around to it already and wrap whatever it was they were... Read more
Published 18 months ago by TJ Brown
2.0 out of 5 stars terrible
great video quality and im a brian yuzna fan but this movie drags and has terrible acting off kilter tonal choices !
Published 22 months ago by Daniel Fouts
3.0 out of 5 stars containing evil with a man made lake....
Director Brian Yuzna's Beneath Still Waters (2005) is a supernatural tale where the various pieces don't quite mesh, but the film does feature some thrills, gore, uneven special... Read more
Published on December 17, 2011 by trebe
2.0 out of 5 stars almost, but no cigar
This movie had great potential. But... its ends up being a stinker.

The concept is great. In the 1930s the WPA dams a river to create a reservoir. Read more
Published on July 25, 2011 by peter
2.0 out of 5 stars Murky
European horror movies have a particular brand of charm that makes them unique. Only in a European horror film will you see a hot blonde mulling over the possibility of life after... Read more
Published on December 17, 2010 by Michael J. Tresca
3.0 out of 5 stars Sets Up Well But The Wheels Fall Off
While nothing to rush out and buy, Brian Yuzna's 2005 film "Beneath Still Waters" is not nearly as bad as the negative comments would indicate. Read more
Published on September 30, 2010 by Only-A-Child
2.0 out of 5 stars all over the map
wow,this thing is really all over the place.sometimes the acting is not other times,it' not good at all.the dialogue ranges from decent to lame. Read more
Published on March 15, 2010 by falcon
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