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Under The Bed
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2013
I rented this based on viewing The Aggression Scale & Silent Night. Loved those two films and absolutely enjoyed this one! If you are a kid who grew up in the 80s, then this film is pure nostalgia with a modern clean look. Was surprised by the creature effects and design. Everything was really well done. It wasn't particularly scary but I suspect it wasn't suppost to be. It felt more like a brother adventure that dipped into some gruesome horror moments. Lots of fun!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Neal (Jonny Weston) a moody, mumbling high school student has been away living with Aunt Sarah for two years following the fire incident. He is coming home with his less than understanding father (Peter Holden) to reunite with his younger brother Paulie (Gattlin Griffith) and meet his new step mother Angela (Musetta Vander). As the film progresses we find out more about the fire incident and the thing that lives under the bed.

I liked how they did the horror and creep factor in the film. It didn't come at you constantly so you didn't get numb to it. There were a number of things that made me scratch my head.

1) Neal was gone for 2 years. Paulie was 3 when he left. He is clearly well older than 5, more like 10 or 11.
2) Angela experiences an early encounter, then acts like nothing happened.
3) Paulie has been sleeping in the same room as this thing for years which seems absurd.
4) Dad forces them to sleep in the haunted room to prove a point.

I felt like there were some missing scenes. Makes for a good rental. Watch it for the scare and try not to think too much about the plot.

Parental Guide: 4 F-bombs (my count). No sex or nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2014
Novice director Steven C. Miller (Silent Night) takes a stab at an R-rated contemporized approach to the classic "monster under my bed" story. I was generally pleased with Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011) and The Boogeyman (2005), so why not give this a shot?

After years apart following the death of his mother, disheveled and angsty teen Neal (Jonny Weston; John Dies at the End, Taken 3) returns home to live with his father (Peter Holden; Alien Abduction) and younger brother Paulie. He had been sent away two years ago to "get well" after he burned the house down with his mother in it, defending himself from the monster residing under his bed. Now that he has returned, he learns his little brother has been tormented by the same demon every night.

The notion that an otherworldly monster can magically cross into our dimension through the floor under one specific kid's bed is pretty silly. Terrifying, in fact. That it only does so in the dark while you're asleep…even scarier. There was so much potential for dark figures and painfully drawn-out tension. But for some reason I never saw or felt either. And what about the story…actually, what exactly is the story? What drives this monster and how did it get in their house? Why did it want these boys? Are there more of these monsters? Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011) and The Boogeyman (2005) made at least some effort to explain their monsters, their motivations, their origins and their behavior. But here, it just seems that this monster came with the house and its abilities and weaknesses seem to change without explanation as the movie persists. That's really all we get.

Not willing to tell their parents this ridiculous story (as they haven't in years past), the two brothers unite to fight this monster. They arm themselves with flashlights, tape, wire, a power drill and duct tape. But is this monster really a threat? Neal was once psychologically tortured and sleep-deprived by this creature. But that creature had 365 opportunities a year to get the upper hand on a sleeping child and somehow never won! After Neal left, his younger brother made it 730 consecutive nights unscathed. If this monster was really in the business of eating children to survive, it clearly would have starved to death by now. It doesn't seem that menacing. A clawed hand reaching out from under the bed is scary, YES! But if it never does anything else…what's the big deal?

I think the filmmakers really thought this movie was scary…..it wasn't. Despite their addition of loud music prefacing "SOMETHING SCARY" every time the camera zooms in on something (like, for example, the edge of a menacing bed skirt), I never felt convinced that anyone old enough to buy their own ticket for this movie could possibly be frightened by it. Sophomoric scare attempts include a shaking washing machine and load noises, loud noises by themselves for no apparent reason, and close-ups of Neal looking at the bed with loud noises. Noticing a trend here?

THEN ALL THE SUDDEN EVERYTHING CHANGED!

For over an hour we sit back and wonder why this movie isn't rated PG-13 or even just PG. Then, after years of going hungry under the bed, the monster suddenly decides to show Neal's family and the audience that it is, in fact, not at all bound to the bed! Neal and Paulie are next door when the creature arrives and twists off the neighbor kid's head in a gloriously gory display. There's that R-rating we came for! When they run back home it follows them and tears their dad's head apart like a food processor. You hear that? It just followed them! Why the Hell did it just stay under the bed all these years? We went from a lame movie starring a rubber claw under a bed with loud music and no scares to a gore-slathered, slimy creature romp. The monster itself is actually pretty damned cool looking and the special effects are up to snuff as well. It looks like an inbred, disfigured Moorlock covered in snot.

Why on Earth the director waited so long to reveal this creature, the action and the gore is beyond me because all of the exposition leading up to this was completely empty and the other characters--the parents, the neighbors, some random love interest that never goes anywhere--really never offered anything to the story, which never made any sense to begin with beyond the simple fact that inexplicably there is a child-hungry monster under Paulie's bed.

If things weren't random enough yet, the monster actually fashions a hunter's rope snare, traps Paulie like an animal and drags him into the under-the-bed slimy Netherworld! So, just like in Poltergeist II (1986), Neal ties a rope around his waist and goes after him armed with a flashlight trident. I can't even believe what I'm writing right now! WTF is going on in this movie? Were the writers all high? When they come back to--ummmm…reality I guess--the monster now literally has the ability to teleport before our eyes like Nightcrawler in X-Men. Hooray consistency! Then Neal is about to lose a fight against our under-the-bed teleporting Netherworld snot monster when he discovers that his dead mother's ashes are its one weakness. Yeah! He throws his mother's ashes on the monster and that's what kills it!

After a slow, confusing start this film eventually catapults its audience into a tumultuous spin cycle of bonkers gore, creature effects and action which--despite making no sense whatsoever--make the whole experience worth the price of admission. In fact, the last 20 minutes were so off-the-wall entertaining that I don't regret buying this at all. Yes it's very dumb. But it's the kind of dumb I want to share with friends with an improvised drinking game.

Enjoy the madness.
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18 of 26 people found the following review helpful
This film begins with a surly teen (Neil) being driven by his father back home. The conversation they have is vague, but it is clear that a) the boy has been staying with an aunt for a couple years ever since he caused some kind of horrible accident at home, b) his relationship with his father is strained at best, and c) he has a younger brother named "Paulie" that he misses and worries about. He gets home, and as soon as he sees his old house, his eyes widen and his face locks in a sort of sexy-ish version of freaked out (get used to this facial expression), the camera zooms in on him and zooms in on the house and zooms in on him and tilts at a threatening angle and you hear a bunch of brass instruments (tubas and the like) bellow a bombastic "BWAAAAAAAARRRRRMMMMM!" in the soundtrack, letting viewers know that this is scary. This house. Or something.

He has some of the world's most awkward conversations with some of the world's flattest characters, giving them all a hearty dose of barely-strained surliness before he decides to go into the house to see Paulie. He steps up to the entrance to the door. His eyes grow dark and wide and freaked out, the camera frames him in a bad boy pose as he hesitates before the entrance, and the soundtrack clobbers you with another "BWAAAAAAAARRRRRRRMMMMMM!"

This kind of thing happens, by my count, another twenty to fifty times. I can see why the filmmakers did it. It is very addictive. Whenever I do anything in my apartment now, I scream, "BWAAAAAARRRRRRMMMMM!" to preface it. I open the cabinet for some soup? "BWAAAAAARRRRRRMMMMM!" I get out the can opener? "BWAAAAAARRRRRMMMMM!" It drives my girlfriend up the wall.

This movie thinks it's scary, and it lets you know from frame one. It is not. It barely even makes sense. Neil and Paulie are afraid of some kind of bloodthirsty, otherworldly creature that lives under Neil's bed. Where did it come from? What does it want? To what rules does its universe adhere? Who knows! Certainly not the movie. There are hints here and there, but mostly it's just bizarre pointlessness that crumbles under the slightest analysis, like some kind of ultra-buttery Jenga stack.

It's not just the creature that makes no sense. Our father character goes nuts like a prison hoe-down at the drop of a hat. Neil seems to have some kind of split personality disorder, and the script can't decide what age Paulie is supposed to be. Other characters -- the bullies, the love interest, the step mother -- may as well just be cardboard cutouts with articulated jaws.

When the monster finally stops playing peek-a-boo and starts getting all up in everyone's faces, the film gets the burst of energy and "holy crap!"-itude that it has wanted to have from the first BWAAAAAAARRRRRRRRMMMMMMMM! Of course, the monster's sudden attack of moxie also doesn't make any sense given the meager exposition we've been fed, but by that point you're likely not to care, grateful just to be spared another excruciatingly vague conversation or completely out-of-the-blue familial yelling match. The heck-raising doesn't last long, though, and it is aborted -- true to form -- in ludicrous, head-scratching style, with not even a smidgen of closure. You'd think out of respect to the audience that they'd reveal something to tie up one of the dozens of loose ends, or fill in just a few of the massive logical gaps, but nope.

Although, to be fair, the final shot of the movie DOES have an extra long BWWWAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRMMMMMMM! over it, so I guess you take what you can get.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2013
This is one i will watch again and tell other people to watch. Great story and kept me on my toes! So many movies I went to watch at the theatre and was disappointed, but was finally happy to see a creepy, scarey movie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2014
All in all, people are right: it was pretty boring. It's like they had a good creature and great gore effects, and then hastily formulated a story around it. However, the creature isn't terrible - it's like those weird Silent Hill screaming baby things... only taller and with claws. The filter really makes the creature and the blood look pretty cool. That all I expected from "From the Producers of V/H/S." Just sayin'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2013
This plays like some Afterschool special for the first 3/4 of the film and then suddenly turns into a bloody gore film for the final ten minutes. I wanted to like it, but it moved way too slow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2013
Horror movie, not too gory had some funny parts. keeps you interested. Love these types of movies. Storyline kind of starts off too fast which leaves assuming what happened.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2013
Fairly decent creature flick. It takes childhood fears and puts a different spin on it. More creepy then scary. Great late night movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2013
my lady into horror flick she liked it more than i did, i like action pack movies better, thou i can go for a horror flick, this one wont let you down
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