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Beneath The Darkness Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a pervasively underwhelming thriller that wears out its welcome almost immediately.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 6, 2012
Scott Weinberg

There's nothing in Beneath the Darkness you haven't seen before, better, and recently.

Full Review Source: FEARnet | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 28, 2012
Staci Layne Wilson

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.

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February 28, 2012
Todd Jorgenson

A compilation of contrivances and absurdities that is right off the teen-horror assembly line.

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January 20, 2012
William Goss
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A bore sprinkled with hints of hilarity, soon to be buried like so many of its characters.

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January 13, 2012
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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You anticipate every scene before it happens and figure out every secret before it's revealed.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 1/4

January 10, 2012
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

Dennis Quaid is fun to watch as a psychotic, but he leaves the screenplay behind.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 5/10

January 8, 2012
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Dennis Quaid goes Psycho in dull Texas-set thriller.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 6, 2012
David Noh
Film Journal International

The best way to consider this wayward mess is as an unintentional genre spoof.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 6, 2012
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1/5

January 6, 2012
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

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.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

January 6, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Even Dennis Quaid's uncharacteristic hamming as a mad mortician in a small Texas town can't save this silly, scare-free horror film...

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

January 6, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

January 6, 2012
Robert Levin

This mediocre movie should have bypassed theaters and gone straight to Netflix.

Full Review Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 2/4

January 5, 2012
John Anderson
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A malformed, would-be horror shocker with a deliriously deranged performance by Dennis Quaid, who unfortunately seems to be the only one onboard who thinks he's in a comedy.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 5, 2012
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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Someone involved with "Beneath the Darkness" has either watched too many horror movies or not enough.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 5, 2012
Edward Douglas

Bruce Wilkinson, the film's late writer and executive producer, is more than likely turning in his own grave.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/10

January 5, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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[Quaid] needs to resist hamming it up in Z-movies like "Beneath the Darkness," which are beneath him and pretty much everyone else.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

January 5, 2012
Tim Grierson
Village Voice
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Doesn't even have the pulse-pounding excitement of a second-tier Scooby-Doo mystery.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 3, 2012
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Overly expository dialogue abounds, as do questionable filmmaking choices and plenty of stupidly unconvincing actions taken on the part of the film's characters.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2012
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