Beneath The Darkness (2012)
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In Beneath the Darkness, Ely Vaughn (Quaid) is a pillar of the community in tiny Smithville, Texas. The town's mortician, Ely has been revered since his days as the high school's star quarterback. But since the tragic death of his wife two years earlier, Ely has withdrawn from his neighbors, while local teens spread stories of supernatural goings on at Ely's mansion-which is also the funeral home. When high school friends Travis (Oller), Abby (Teegarden), Brian (Lunsford) and Danny (Werkheiser)
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A bore sprinkled with hints of hilarity, soon to be buried like so many of its characters.
You anticipate every scene before it happens and figure out every secret before it's revealed.
At times it seems the simple ineptitude of "Beneath the Darkness" surely must mask some undercurrent of deeper sophistication and intention on behalf of the filmmakers. Alas, as it turns out, such things never surface.
Even Dennis Quaid's uncharacteristic hamming as a mad mortician in a small Texas town can't save this silly, scare-free horror film...
The screenplay gets nothing out of the claustrophobic terror of being locked up in that narrow grave, and the "mystery" is obvious from the start.
...a pervasively underwhelming thriller that wears out its welcome almost immediately.
There's nothing in Beneath the Darkness you haven't seen before, better, and recently.
While certainly a low-budget flick which relies heavily on suspense over almost everything - meaning, there's a lot of cat and mouse stalking around or/and talking about how spooky Ely is - Beneath the Darkness doesn't necessary sink or succeed.
A compilation of contrivances and absurdities that is right off the teen-horror assembly line.
Dennis Quaid is fun to watch as a psychotic, but he leaves the screenplay behind.
The best way to consider this wayward mess is as an unintentional genre spoof.
When it comes to creepy old buildings, overly attentive owners, and prying outsiders, Beneath the Darkness has nada on Don Coscarelli's epic Phantasm saga or, for that matter, Norman Bates' clear-eyed if psychotic shenanigans.
This mediocre movie should have bypassed theaters and gone straight to Netflix.
Bruce Wilkinson, the film's late writer and executive producer, is more than likely turning in his own grave.
Audience Reviews for Beneath The Darkness
- Ely Vaughn: Stairs can be very dangerous... most accidents happen in the home!
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