Beneath The Darkness Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 6, 2012
...a pervasively underwhelming thriller that wears out its welcome almost immediately.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet
February 28, 2012
There's nothing in Beneath the Darkness you haven't seen before, better, and recently.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Staci Layne Wilson
Horror.com
February 28, 2012
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.
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
January 20, 2012
A compilation of contrivances and absurdities that is right off the teen-horror assembly line.
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William Goss
Film.com
January 13, 2012
A bore sprinkled with hints of hilarity, soon to be buried like so many of its characters.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 10, 2012
You anticipate every scene before it happens and figure out every secret before it's revealed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
January 8, 2012
Dennis Quaid is fun to watch as a psychotic, but he leaves the screenplay behind.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
January 6, 2012
Dennis Quaid goes Psycho in dull Texas-set thriller.
David Noh
Film Journal International
January 6, 2012
The best way to consider this wayward mess is as an unintentional genre spoof.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
January 6, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 6, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 6, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 6, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Levin
amNewYork
January 5, 2012
This mediocre movie should have bypassed theaters and gone straight to Netflix.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Variety
January 5, 2012
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.
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
January 5, 2012
Someone involved with "Beneath the Darkness" has either watched too many horror movies or not enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
January 5, 2012
Bruce Wilkinson, the film's late writer and executive producer, is more than likely turning in his own grave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/10
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
January 5, 2012
[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 | Original Score: 1/5
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Tim Grierson
Village Voice
January 3, 2012
Doesn't even have the pulse-pounding excitement of a second-tier Scooby-Doo mystery.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
January 1, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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