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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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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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Horror | Thriller

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

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22 March 2012 (Kuwait)  »

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Além da Escuridão  »

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$7,300,000 (estimated)
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Aimee Teagarden is left-handed. You can tell most obviously when she is bowling. See more »

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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 A Dream
Written By Aaron Moreland,Dustin Arbuckle (as Moreland & Arbuckle)
Backing Vocals by Tyson Hummel
(p) & © 2011 Telarc International, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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27 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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

I see this film has a pretty low rating and has some rather scathing reviews. Frankly, I thought it was alright -- much better than a lot of the films I see. Dennis Quaid is always a joy, and the overall concept was entertaining.

If I had to make any complaint, it is that the mother character is just really, really poorly acted. I do not know her character's name, or I would specifically call out that actress. She is outdone by kids half her age, and that is just insulting.

Is this the overlooked horror film of 2011? Heck no. Is it comparable to "The Shining"? Not even in the same league. But I also do not think it is as bad as made out to be by some of those who have said it is like watching paint dry.


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