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  • Summary: The terrifying secrets of a small town hero are exposed when a teenaged prank turns deadly. Ely Vaughn is a pillar of the community in tiny Smithville, Texas. The town’s mortician, Ely has been revered since his days as the high school’s star quarterback. But since the tragic death of his wife two years earlier, Ely has withdrawn from his neighbors, while local teens spread stories of supernatural goings on at Ely’s mansion—which is also the funeral home. When high school friends Travis, Abby, Brian and Danny decide to check out the rumors, they are shocked to see the supposedly grieving widower dancing with a mysterious woman behind the curtains of his bedroom window. Their curiosity aroused, the four teens wait for Ely to leave the house before breaking in to investigate. But instead of finding clues to the woman’s identity, they stumble on a grotesque, long-hidden secret. Before they can flee the scene, Ely returns and surprises them in the act. Travis watches in horror as the supposedly upstanding citizen brutally murders Danny and later convinces the police it was an accident. (Image Entertainment) Expand
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jan 10, 2012
    25
    You anticipate every scene before it happens and figure out every secret before it's revealed.
  6. 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.''
  7. 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.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. 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. Expand
  2. 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. Collapse

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