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Beneath the Darkness 2011

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3.6 out of 5 stars (67) IMDb 4.5/10

BENEATH THE DARKNESS is a teen thriller in the style of Disturbia, with high school kids pitted against a psychotic villain in a community where adults refuse to see one of their own is a serial killer.

Starring:
Dennis Quaid, Aimee Teegarden
Runtime:
1 hour, 36 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Horror
Director Martin Guigui
Starring Dennis Quaid, Aimee Teegarden
Supporting actors Tony Oller, Stephen Lunsford, Devon Werkheiser, Brett Cullen, Dahlia Waingort, Conrad Gonzales, Wilbur Penn, Amber Bartlett, Sydney Barrosse, David Christopher, Gabriel Folse, Melody Chase, Cameron Banfield, Richard Dillard, Timothy Fall, Connor James, Cheryl Chin, Steve Larkin
Studio Image Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By ThatUmbrellaGuy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 11, 2012
Format: DVD
A groups of bored teens decide to spy on the creepy funeral director because they think his home is haunted. Sounds like the beginning to a bad idea, huh? It gets worse when the kids see something and decide they need to know what it is, deciding it would be worth it to snoop around the next time said home owner is away.

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.

4/5
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Format: DVD
That's how this excellent little mystery-horror film from 2011 struck me, and I mean that in a good way.

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+
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This is an OK movie about a psychopath who used to be a town hero (football QB) when in high school.

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.
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I think the acting was really good. I'm impressed with how well the young actors conveyed the intensity of the story. Aimee is just gorgeous and how can you not love her? She won me over in this movie. Dennis was excellent as a crazy villain in an un-characteristic role for the all-American actor. I understand how this scary story could really happen in a small town.
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I thought this was a decent horror thriller made very interesting by the excellent Dennis Quaid. Don't know if you've noticed, but horror movies are for the most part a backwater of the industry. It's a great place for directors and actors to get a little exposure, and quite a few of our A-listers have started there. Every once in a while you'll get a vehicle that really gets some Hollywood money and stars--13 ghosts, Flatliners, Poltergeist, series like Saw and Scream...but for the most part horror is indie horror.
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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