Under the Bed (2013)

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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.(c) XLRator
Rating:
R (for some horror violence and language)
Genre:
Comedy , Horror
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
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Studio:
Xlrator Media

Cast

Bryan Rasmussen
as Mr. Evans
Jonny Weston
as Neal Hausman
Gattlin Griffith
as Paulie Hausman
Musetta Vander
as Terry Hausman
Peter Asle Holden
as Angela Hausman
Kelcie Stranahan
as Cara Evans
Tyler Steelman
as Richard Evans
Sam Kindseth
as Robert Evans
Nikki Griffin
as Maggie
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Critic Reviews for Under the Bed

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Matches narrative incoherence with one of the most over-the-top portentous scores in horror-cinema history.

Full Review… | July 16, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

Once, however, the monster comes out of its hiding place and sheds its psychosexual slough, all that remains is a silly, sub-Joe Dante clash between kids and creature, with a dénouement so bewilderingly arbitrary that disappointment is inevitable.

Full Review… | June 27, 2016
Projected Figures

Kids vs. monsters tale that take a while to warm up, but picks up nicely.

Full Review… | October 16, 2013

A standard-issue creepshow, undermined by script holes and a meager budget that brings distinctly subpar effects.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
One Guy's Opinion

Director Miller knows how to orchestrate a jolt, and the blessedly practical creature effects are top-of-the-line, but "Under the Bed" never congeals as a satisfying whole.

Full Review… | July 28, 2013
TheFilmFile.com

A fun and gory little spooky tale flaws and all.

Full Review… | July 25, 2013
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Under the Bed

½

Above average suspense and then over the top horror ending. Leaves a lot of loose ends and unanswered questions, but that actually is a plus.

Joe Moran
Joe Moran

"Under The Bed" is Steven C. Miller's continued vision of of modern horror that is heavily influenced by classic cult genres. Not technically a throwback film, "Under The Bed" does seem to bring back a lot of the nostalgia and romanticizing that 80's young adult, creature-feature films utilized to hold an audience to the film. The story focuses on two brothers dealing with that ultimate childhood evil- the thing under the bed! "Under The Bed" is a bit more grown up than those 80's teen PG horror films that played it a bit safer or comical. This film is a somber, macabre tale that stays well in the shadows of the mythic fear allowing for a darker film. The story plays on basic fears of growing up with uncertainty, tragedy and change that drive childhood imaginations and insecurities. The film ads the element of a supernatural evil that plagues the brothers thoughts, stalks them, and lives -according to the adults in the kids lives-totally within their own imagination. This theme flows in an almost mournful melancholic way throw the first half of the film, pushing forward mostly on the melodrama and strained emotional dynamics between the characters. Almost as if trying to play with the notion that maybe it is in the kids imagination and the true monster lies closer in more realistic fashion. The film plays out in a mostly surrealistic style which does seem to carry on a bit too long. I was begging for some real horror or action and instead received standard trickery and fake- out scares for no reason. Then the second half of this film kicks in and oh boy does it kick in hard. "Under The Bed, mid-way through- gives us the goodies with actual scares coming from the monster and an intensity to the drama the brings you out of the daze of anticipation, right in to the chills of these boys nightmare. The acting is well enough with just enough dialog and emotion coming from the characters to make them relatable but not too much so that you tire of them. As far as the "teen" actors in the film-like most movies with kids- I never really connect or connected to them other than fearing for them in the film. I haven't connected with kids in movies for a long time. Everything about them seems a mystery to me-I am just too old to relate. However these kids in this film were super actors and the story or screen never seemed to over power their abilities as actors. This film for me personally, is one of the better creature features to come out recently and the film's aesthetic quality is top notch. It maintains a eerie - not quite right - air about it through the entire film. The special effects and the monster itself were pretty awesome, and the whole little mythic element to its existence was memorable. Much like the world of Wes Craven's "They". I would have loved to hear more about that other-world and the creature under the bed. But hey - live is abound with mystery and not all things reward with explanation. Anyway back to "Under The Bed". This film is a refreshing new modernized spin on an old childhood fear and worth watching at least once, for me personally a few more times. The gore and graphic violence, though pretty much nil until the last act, was gory and I loved it. Steven C. Miller is a true talent, offering an almost romantic love of surreal horror that ends in an epic high intensity bloodshed. That quality to today's horror is greatly lacking-I think. Very few directors express the more Gothic love affair with horror that played through 80's horror. I really enjoyed this film.

rick russ
rick russ
½

Aside from the 2 lead guys this movie has hands down the worst supporting acting cast to date (and thats saying something). First half is got some legit moments, 3/4 mark is exactly what the movie needed, 4/4 mark is completely horseshit taken straight out of the Boogyman "How not to end a creature movie" handbook. So much so that the shots are incomplete to a tee of not even showing half the shots as thats some kind of a "cover". sigh.

Jason Kraynek
Jason Kraynek

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