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Under the Bed

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Every child knows about the monster under the bed Neal Hausman s mistake was trying to fight it. Neal (Jonny Weston, Chasing Mavericks) has returned from a two-year exile following his tragic attempt to defeat the monster, only to find his father ticking ever closer to a breakdown, a new stepmother who fears him, and his little brother Paul (Gattlin Griffith, Green Lantern, Changeling), terrorized by the same monster. While Neal and Paul work together to try and fight the nocturnal menace, their parents are taking desperate measures to get the family back to normal. With no support from their parents, the brothers have nothing to rely on but each other, and courage beyond belief.

Product Details

  • Actors: Jonny Weston, Gattlin Griffith, Peter Holden, Musetta Vander, Kelcie Stranaha
  • Directors: Steven C. Miller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Xlrator
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2013
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C2R122Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,456 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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.
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Listen up people Steven. C Miller is just about the most low budget horror director out there. Now that being said maybe if you don't dig low budget u shouldn't watch his films ...Automaton Transfusion ..The Aggression scale..Silent Night ..banshee..and Under the bed are all very creepy gory just real good horror with a price tag that's less $ than a Hollywood crap movie but better to enjoy a guy who makes films His way and not give into the machine ....if u like creepy monster under you're bed movies literally then this is fore u . I don't give spoilers so enjoy 😉
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What kid hasn’t gone to bed at night thinking there was a monster lurking under his bed or in his closet? Under the Bed expands on that idea but fails to actually run with it. Teenager Neal Hausman has returned home after living out of state with family for two years. Neal was sent away by his father, Terry, after the death of his mother in a fire, which local gossip blames on Neal.

Neal’s reunion is not a happy one. His always angry father is on him constantly to group and be a man, and his new stepmom is trying too hard to get to know him. All Neal cares about is his little brother Paulie. He discovers that Paulie is being tormented by the same evil entity that lived under Neal’s bed, turning his nights into living nightmares. Dad dismisses the boy’s claims of monsters as foolish nonsense, locking them in their room at night. But there is something underneath their bed, something which creeps out and forces the boys to sleep on their dressers at night. They have to destroy the creature before it destroys their family.

Under the Bed is an interesting concept but Director Steven C. Miller and Writer Eric Stolze fail to do much with the idea. Unlike similar films like Darkness Falls or The Boogeyman, Under the Bed fails to develop much of a mythology to capture the viewer’s interest. What is the monster? Where does it come from? Why is it haunting these two particular boys? Those questions are never answered and as such, the film plays like an extended episode of Goosebumps. Furthermore Miller contradicts himself when in one part, Neal says the monster is bound to their beds, but in another, the creature harasses stepmom Angela in the garage laundry room and later shows up at the neighbor’s house when the boys are spending the night.
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