Beneath the Darkness
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There is something about Dennis Quaid that makes him really creepy now. Its not simply acting - although it is really good - but maybe age or possibly years of acting that shines through in films like these. From the start he is out there being disturbing, too, and i liked that. This movie is powered by him, after all, and his character has to be believably disturbed and it is.
While there are a few places in the beginning that are slow, and the ending of this film - No Spoilers - isn't the best thing in the world, I still liked it. The plot is not one that is complex at all and, as with a lot of horror movies, it can be figured out rather quickly. That said, the chase, the uncovering, the mistakes - those things make up a movie to me. And those kids earn a nice little "why the hell are you doing that" badge. The acting is good enough and I kept wondering exactly what Dennis Quaid would end up doing next. there are also a few points that I did not expect - the stairs thing for one - that made me enjoy this more.
This is NOT going to overwhelm you as a film, and it shouldn't see that way. Simply watching the previews should tell you that you can figure it out fast. This is more like a character study off its medication, and I enjoy that. Quaid more than made up for any shortcomings for me.
PLOT: Dennis Quaid plays a creepy mortician in a central Texas town. A group of teens decide to trespass his abode for thrills and everything goes awry.
Quaid and cutie Aimee Teegarden head the cast, but it's Tony Oller who shines here as the troubled protagonist. He's very reminiscent of Robby Benson.
Like I said, the story is akin to a Scooby-Doo yarn, but realistic and without the dog. Although Quaid is over-the-top and somewhat campy as the villain the rest of the cast play it straight. I was surprised by the dramatic score and a few really touching scenes.
Some complain that the subplot of a dead sister and a ghost sighting goes nowhere, but it's there for a reason, just think about it.
Although there's some realistic cussing there's zero raunch.
BOTTOM LINE: I was pleasantly surpised by this great little film. It's classy, sometimes moving, mysterious and thrilling at the same time. What more could you ask for in a movie of this ilk?
Shot in Bastrop & Smithville, Texas, the film runs 96 minutes.
GRADE: A- or B+
The movie starts really brutally, and ends brutally with the same person. Mr. Ely (Dennis Quaid) is the town mortician. He is very pleasant and very social when other people are around but weird when he is alone. High schools kids decide to see what he is hiding and they are paying the price.
Average movie with good ending. The acting is OK but we are not scared at any moment (like the Vanishing for example) and we know how everything will end. Well, we think we know until the very end! Hence the three stars instead of one star for the somehow unpredictable ending.
For a while back there in the 80s, Dennis Quaid was sort of an A lister, and then, for reasons I don't understand, America fell very much out of love with him. That's a shame but also a blessing, because in the world of horror and sci-fi, out of range of most people's radar, he's doing some of his best work. Here he portrays a man who's juuuuuuuuuuuust teetering on the edge. And he makes e-cigarettes look genuinely scary.
I thought the acting from the rest of the cast was pretty good, but where this movie really falls down is plotting. It hinges too much on the main characters and the police making dumb, dumb choices. That's okay for your tongue-in-cheek slasher movie, but if you want it to be taken as seriously as the tone of this movie suggests, you really have to think it out a little better.
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Glorified teeniebopper flick, and a total waste of Dennis Quaid. Not recommended.Published 4 months ago by Arthur Frame
Originally saw this on Netflix and loved it so much i bought it. Great movie for any horror collectors set!!!!Published 8 months ago by Jamie
bought as a replacement for a library cheaper than what they wanted to charge me. great moviePublished 11 months ago by Amanda
Beneath the Darkness is all about Dennis Quaid's unusual character. Everything else about the film is just about forgettable with lackluster atmosphere and bad writing. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bryan