Metascore
22

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 10
  2. Negative: 9 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jan 6, 2012
    25
    It's sad to see Quaid in sloppily directed (by Martin Guigui) dreck like Beneath the Darkness less than a decade after the performance of his career as a closeted married man in "Far From Heaven.''
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Jan 5, 2012
    40
    Beneath the Darkness has nada on Don Coscarelli's epic "Phantasm" saga or, for that matter, Norman Bates' clear-eyed if psychotic shenanigans. It's strictly a guilty pleasure.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jan 5, 2012
    20
    A dumb thriller starring Dennis Quaid as a weirdo mortician taunted by high school kids into revealing what he did with his wife and her lover years before - and look at the movies it rips off...
  4. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jan 10, 2012
    25
    You anticipate every scene before it happens and figure out every secret before it's revealed.
  5. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Jan 5, 2012
    30
    Someone involved with Beneath the Darkness has either watched too many horror movies or not enough. There is not an original thought in this story, written by Bruce Wilkinson, or in the way it is directed by Martin Guigui.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jan 1, 2012
    25
    Overly expository dialogue abounds throughout Martin Guigui's movie, as do questionable filmmaking choices and plenty of stupidly unconvincing actions taken on the part of the film's characters.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Jan 6, 2012
    30
    Yet that deeply strange and agitated performance by Quaid is the only thing that makes the film remotely bearable.
  8. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jan 6, 2012
    30
    A teens-in-trouble thriller with barely enough momentum to make it to the end credits. Performances and script are made-for-cable grade.
  9. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Jan 6, 2012
    30
    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.
  10. Reviewed by: Tim Grierson
    Jan 3, 2012
    20
    Unfortunately for Quaid, director Martin Guigui's pathetic thriller doesn't even have the pulse-pounding excitement of a second-tier Scooby-Doo mystery.
User Score
4.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Apr 14, 2012
    2
    You want to talk about a movie that doesn't take much thought. Within the first ten minutes of the movie it is clear exactly where this is going and what is going to happen. This movie just isn't worth the time to watch it unless you like to sit and make fun of movies. If you like to make fun of movies then this movie has plenty to make fun of. Full Review »
  2. Oct 6, 2013
    6
    It is great to finally see Dennis Quaid play a character with personality again! Lately, it seems like he plays the same scarred, emotionless character, over and over again. It's hard to remember that it's his charisma that made him a star and you can really see it in Beneath The Darkness. Dennis Quaid plays Vaughn Ely, a mortician who is bat crazy. To the town, Ely is this great guy who gives back to the community, but only one person can see him for what he really is. Travis (Tony Oller) is a local teenager who works odd jobs for Ely and has always had suspicions about the man, but never did anything about it. One night, the subject comes up while with his friends and they decide to bust into Ely's home to find out what he's really hiding. The story starts out very slowly and I wasn't expecting it to get any better, but it really does. I already mentioned how good Quaid is, but the star of this film is Tony Oller. I've heard him sing, but I've never seen him act, and to say I was impressed is an understatement. Between Quaid's outlandish behavior and Oller's teenage angst, I didn't need much of a story to follow in order to be entertained. Beneath The Darkness is strange and not everyone is going to like it, but it's one of these films that you keep watching, because you want to know what's going to happen. What happens is that it actually turns into a pretty entertaining and respectable film, that features a star in the making. Full Review »