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Reality television gets even more extreme with Public Enemy, a phony (but spookily possible somewhere in the near future) TV show featured in this film where hot, up and coming serial killers and mass murderers air video footage of their heinous acts, duking it out for the honor of being crowned top killer of the year. Public Enemy plays a big part in the movie as our hero, Pelle, receives a strange phone call one day that orders him to begin watching the gruesome show. While many of us would be thankful for the tip, for Pelle, this phone call comes one month after the mysterious disappearance of his brother. During a particularly nasty episode, Pelle recognizes his brother's apartment being used as the setting for a chainsaw murder, so he moves into his residence and begins trying to solve the mystery of his disappearance...and the brutal chainsaw scene...and the reason why all of the people living in this apartment complex are total f**king freaks. There's a lot of figuring out here to do, for Pelle and for the audience. The film tosses everyone around in this spastic cinematic stew that resembles Natural Born Killers on fire. Mix that with this kind of Argento-like giallo feel and there's a lot to handle here. So it's paramount that you give the film your undivided attention. This isn't a casual viewing with your buddies on a Friday night, drinking beer and making yo mama jokes. Naked Beneath the Water desires your full attention, and if you re generous enough, you'll find it giving you in return quite a nasty little thrill ride, perverse and untamed. So untamed, in fact, that the film seems to be falling apart at the seams at times. You can almost sense a filmmaker's nervous breakdown happening behind the camera and that makes this movie all the more unsettling to digest as concerned you are about Pelle's plight, you re also wondering about the mental state of the filmmaker and you become frightened of them. I love that kind of filmmaking and Naked Beneath the Water is a sight to behold. --Eric Campos, Film Threat

If Sean Cain's horror/mystery/satire NAKED BENEATH THE WATER (Phoenix) feels a little disjointed, not just narratively but in visual terms - with everything from color temperatures to haircuts varying wildly - The DVD supplements reveal there's a reason. Cain first completed this shot-on-video project in the mid-'90's but shelved it thereafter; when the indie disc scene began flourishing earlier this decade, he reshot about half the movie on higher-end equipment, revising the story in the process. The result is that this saga of a man (played by Cain) searching for his murdered brother, who seems to have fallen victim to a reality TV series that spotlights, i.e. encourages, serial killers, doesn't entirely hang together, and the twist ending fails to sufficiently explain everything that has gone before. But there's enough twisted imagination and gritty indie spirit to make this worth a watch for DIY genre fans, who will appreciate that it doesn't succumb to the new cliches of the reality-TV-horror subgenre. On a commentary he shares with DP/co-star James Wright, Cain notes that tackling that theme in Naked's initial incarnation made it ahead of its time when he started - but also reveals that the story was originally supposed to concern bathtub creatures instead! The duo's entertaining, off-color track reveals all sorts of similar production trivia (such as the use of stand-ins with Photoshopped shirts in one reshot sequence), while a featurette gives a few of the actors their say and takes us on location for a house explosion effect. Funny bloopers round out the supplemental package, accompanying a widescreen transfer that, unsurprisingly, is quite variable in hue and quality. --Michael Gingold, Fangoria

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bonnie Steiger, Richard Teran, Sean Cain
  • Directors: Sean Cain
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Under the Bed Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VZC4X0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,594 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Naked Beneath the Water" on IMDb

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10 of 30 people found the following review helpful By DesertEagle on September 29, 2007
Format: DVD
After watching the trailer at [...], I must purchase this film. It looks like an intelligent horror film with a bit of social commentary. Some of the shots/effects look incredible. I'll be keeping an eye out for the director, Sean Cain.
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6 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. Cain on October 1, 2007
Format: DVD
I've seen a rough-cut of this movie and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product. It's a twisted and bizarre piece of work for people who like a little humor with their blood. If you can call a horror film intelligent, then this movie qualifies.
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