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Something Beneath (2007)

Kevin Sorbo , Peter MacNeill , David Winning  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Kevin Sorbo, Peter MacNeill, Brendan Beiser
  • Directors: David Winning
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Genius Products (TVN)
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0018PH3JC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,894 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Something Beneath" on IMDb

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When a conference center is developed despite warnings that the grounds are toxic, guests start complaining that strange events are taking place. Conference coordinator Khali (Natalie Brown, Dawn of the Dead) is accosted by a rogue German Shepherd the very same one that attacked her when she was just a child. How can this be? As slime amasses on the lake front and seeps into rooms, priest Douglas Middleton (Kevin Sorbo, Hercules) discovers that the slime is actually a massive cellular organism living in the sewer system highly intelligent, and capable of inducing fearful hallucinations in its victims. Panic spreads and so does the slime pulsating, dripping, and moving rapidly.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Get rid of the "message" and it might be OK February 18, 2009
Format:DVD
An intelligent creature, that takes the form of black goo, terrorizes people at a hotel in the middle of nowhere. Anyone who touches the goo, suffers from hallucinations involving their greatest fear, which ultimately result in their death.

It is very unusual for me to give a film only one star - usually I can see some merit in even the most banal of movies. However, "Something Beneath" is such a confused and derivative mess, that I am prepared to make an exception here. The basic premise, that of a monster which terrorizes people through their imaginings, is taken straight from "A Nightmare on Elm Street", but given that this was made for television, the hallucination set-pieces are nowhere near as good as those in any of the "Elm Street" films. They are all done on the cheap, and television censorship requirements mean that not too much blood or violence can be shown. Still, I could have coped with a cheap "Elm Street" rip-off. Where this film really fails is when the writers try to insert an environmental message into the film. Horror movies with messages can work, but when the message is essentially that we should learn to live with the monster, then you know that you're heading for confusion and an incredibly lame ending. Such is the case here.

"Something Beneath" is one of many made-for-TV movies that Kevin Sorbo has appeared in recently, none of which are particularly brilliant, but most of which are made watchable by Sorbo's likeable personality. Sorbo is still likeable in this film (this time he plays an environmentalist priest), but the film, in general, is so bad that even that isn't enough to save it. Sorbo fans would be better off rewatching old "Hercules" episodes.

Oh and one last word of warning, don't expect to see the scene on the DVD's cover. It's not in the movie. I don't think the film's budget could handle something like that.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a Sci-Fi Original. May 30, 2008
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Something Beneath (David Winning, 2007)

Why do I keep watching Sci-Fi Channel Original Movies? Simple. Ten years ago, Sci-Fi Channel picked up Cube, a movie that had been overlooked for cinematic distribution in America. Cube has gone on to be the Sci-Fi Channel's greatest success story, still garnering impressive ratings when it shows up, and picking up relatively awe-inspiring DVD rental figures. I keep waiting for the next Cube. And so I keep watching Sci-Fi Channel Original Movies. Every once in a while, I get a mildly nice surprise. Something Beneath is not, by any standards, the next Cube, but it's the closest Sci-Fi Channel have come in quite a while.

The story opens on the construction site of a conference center, during which a construction worker is killed. Fast-forward a year, the conference center is open and on the verge of holding its first conference, an environmental summit. Trying to hold everything together on the conference end is Douglas Middleton (Kevin Sorbo), a laid back priest whose main concern is trying to keep his keynote speaker, the public-speaking-challenged Eugene (Capote's Rob McLoughlin), safe from celebutante Mikaela Strovsky (The Plague's Brittany Scobie), who believes she should be the keynote speaker. Things are a little crazier on the center's end, though-- they seem to be plagued not only with plumbing problems of epidemic proportions, but a staff who range from the incompetent brown-nosers to the useless stoners. The only one of any worth whatsoever is Khali Spence (Natalie Brown of Dawn of the Dead), who quickly forms a united front with Middleton in trying to keep the whole conference from imploding. Things get complicated when Eugene is found dead in the woods a short way from the building.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie for what it is! September 12, 2008
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Something Beneath is a good movie,for what it is. Kevin Sorbo does a good job playing the priest. It wasn't as scary as you might think it is. The one thing I don't like is the packaging of the dvd. I was told that the version released in Australia has a picture of Sorbo on the cover. I would have much preferred that to the cover of the US release-I don't even remember that scene being in the movie!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Oh My No. January 8, 2014
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Kevin Sorbo is great in just about any movie he's in. He brings a very congenial, easy-going presence to the parts he plays. The movie itself is horrible. Not scary, not good, not really worth the time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars a December 2, 2013
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Use it for yard work and general aviation flying ( pen pocket is great, pilots need their pens at the
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1.0 out of 5 stars Something Beneath May 29, 2013
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I hoped "Something Beneath" would get better, but it didn't. I really tried to like it, but I couldn't. Kevin Sorbo couldn't save it. The premise story stunk, the sets were okay, the acting mediocre, and the music passable. Nothing stood out. And I kept thinking who thought slime making people have visions would be scary? The slime wasn't scary and the visions weren't scary. All-in-all it's not scary. I don't recommend this for even a rental.

CA Luster
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