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Review: ‘The Dark Below’ Trades Dialogue for One-Trick Thrills

16 March 2017 4:06 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The premise that director Douglas Schulze and co-writer Jonathan D’Ambrosio have cooked up for their film The Dark Below is a bold one. This 75-minute thriller is dialogue-free, save one line at the start setting everything in motion, the story instead unfolding as a series of expressions through current duress and visually informative flashbacks while David Bateman‘s energetic score blasts you into the correct state of unease. Performances must be a bit over-the-top, with sight and sound bordering on manipulative, in order for it all to work, but we hope the result will be good enough to forgive any moments where these inevitabilities go awry. And for a time it is, our intrigue at what’s happening initially getting the better of disbelief. Sadly, that time is too short.

Kudos to the filmmakers for throwing us into the fire with frame one, though. I was genuinely interested because »

- Jared Mobarak

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‘The Dark Below’ Review

14 March 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Laura Mae Shafer, David G.B. Brown, Veronica Cartwright, Zachary Levine, Seraphina Anne Zorn, Tiffany Burns | Written by Douglas Schulze, Jonathan D’Ambrosio | Directed by Douglas Schulze

“Silence is the most powerful scream.”

Rachel (Lauren Mae Shafer) is on the run from a serial killer (David G.B. Brown). I say run, I mean swim. She was drugged, dressed in scuba gear and then plunged in to the depths of a nearby frozen lake to drown. Unfortunately for the killer however, Rachel is something of a seasoned diver and won’t go down (or should that be sank?) without a fight. With her killer stalking her on the surface, Rachel must not only constantly outwit him, but also survive the freezing temperatures as well as literally keeping a float.

Now before you call me a cop out regarding my somewhat brief synopsis, let me just tell you that The Dark Below »

- Mondo Squallido

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Parade Deck Films unleash ‘The Dark Below’ on Us cinemas

2 March 2017 9:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Parade Deck Films have announced the upcoming theatrical release of festival favorite The Dark Below. Directed by Douglas Schulze (Mimesis, Dark Fields) the film is a tense, fear driven film that utilizes minimal dialog to tell the story of a woman (Lauren Mae Shafer) struggling for survival beneath a frozen lake while a serial killer (David G.B. Brown) stalks her from the surface.

With its bone-chilling soundtrack by multiplatinum recording artist Eric Bobo and a searing supporting performance by Veronica Cartwright (Alien, 24: Legacy), The Dark Below, which played several high profile genre film festivals – including Fantasia International Film Festival, FrightFest UK, Monsters of Film in Sweden and Toronto After Dark – will hit select Us theaters on March 10th. Check out the trailer and poster below:


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Toy Fair 2017: Neca’s Alien Franchise Series 11 Figures Include Lambert & Xenomorphs

22 February 2017 4:37 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Neca pays tribute to Nostromo crew member Lambert in their Series 11 figures based on the Alien franchise, with the upcoming series also including two Xenomorph figures—one from Dark Horse's Aliens: Defiance comic book series and the other with a Kenner-style appearance.

From Neca: "Series 11 of our bestselling Aliens action figures features three action figure debuts!

It includes the first-ever Lambert with an authorized likeness, as well as two new Alien figures: one from Dark Horse’s Aliens: Defiance comic book mini-series, and a classic Kenner Alien tribute that’s cast in translucent blue plastic just like the original.

Joan Lambert, navigator of the Uscss Nostromo, stands approximately 7” tall and features the likeness of Veronica Cartwright. She comes with two heads, removable helmet and flashlight accessory.

Both Xenomorph action figures stand over 9” tall and feature over 30 points of articulation with bendable tails.

Release Date: May 2017"

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- Derek Anderson

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