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Beneath the Darkness (2011)

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After watching their best friend get murdered, a group of teens struggle to expose a local hero as the vicious killer and keep from becoming his next victims.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Quaid ... Vaughn Ely
Aimee Teegarden ... Abby
Tony Oller ... Travis
Stephen Ford ... Brian (as Stephen Lunsford)
Devon Werkheiser ... Danny
Brett Cullen ... Sgt. Nickerson
Dahlia Waingort Dahlia Waingort ... Sylvia Moore
Conrad Gonzales Conrad Gonzales ... Officer Alvarez
Wilbur Penn ... Officer Wainright
Amber Bartlett ... Rosemary Ely
Sydney Barrosse Sydney Barrosse ... Carolyn
David Christopher ... Sovic
Gabriel Folse ... Russell
Melody Chase ... Elaine
Cameron Banfield Cameron Banfield ... Collin
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Storyline

In Smithville, Texas, the teenagers Brian, Abby, Travis and Danny are classmates of the Smithville High School and best friends. One day, they are reading Macbeth for a class and they decide to investigate the rumors that the house of the mortician Ely Vaughn is haunted by ghosts. They see shadows in the upper window and they break in the house to see what is happening and they see a corpse lying on the bed; however, they are surprised by Ely that kills Danny, pushing him to fall off the staircase. Nobody believes in the teenagers since Ely is a respectable citizen, but Travis and Abby decide to prove that the undertaker is a psychopath. Will they be successful in their intent? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Now I lay you down to sleep. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 2012 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

Além da Escuridão See more »

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Budget:

$7,300,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,998
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Trivia

Aimee Teagarden is left-handed. You can tell most obviously when she is bowling. See more »

Goofs

When Travis says he is done with the lawn as camera follows down the yard you can clearly see the lawn is full of leaves. Even if the setting was too high the mower would have displaced or mulched the leaves. See more »

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References Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) See more »

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Just Make Love To Me
Written by Martin Guigui
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It was actually good right up towards the end...
8 October 2012 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

"Beneath the Darkness" was a great movie in some ways, but also a somewhat mediocre movie in others. It was like taking a trip back to the late 1980's or early 1990's story-wise. Personally I found the story a little bit too far fetched for my liking, as I didn't think that any rational and sane person would return to the house after seeing a friend killed. But hey, wouldn't be much of a movie if they didn't, eh?

The story in "Beneath the Darkness" is about a couple of young people who break into a mortician's house as they believe it to be haunted. And seeing silhouettes dancing in the window just adds to their belief that something ghostly is going on. But the Ely mortuary holds a dark secret past.

I enjoyed the movie, well most of it anyway. Right up until you find out about the reason for Ely's behaviour and what caused him to do what he does. That was just a rather silly turn of events in my opinion, and it didn't really do justice to the movie. But to top it off, the movie had to end in a very laughable manner. I will not reveal the ending here, but personally I found that ending to be one of the worst endings to an otherwise alright thriller.

What I really enjoyed most in the movie was Dennis Quaid's (playing Ely) performance. He was really doing a great job coming off as the somewhat psychotic and disturbingly creepy mortician. (Right up to the ending, that is.) And the people they had cast for the roles of Abby and Travis, played by Aimee Teegarden and Tony Oller respectively, also did good jobs.

There weren't all that much suspense to the movie, sadly enough. And it was a fairly straight forward and well-paced movie, just with a couple of odd twists here and there. I think that "Beneath the Darkness" could have been a much better movie with some improvements. But all in all, it was an alright enough experience (right up to the ending).

I am giving "Beneath the Darkness" a 5/10 rating only because it was lacking suspense and because the ending was just downright ridiculous.


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