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Beneath the Dark (2010)

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Driving to a wedding in Los Angeles through the Mojave Desert, Paul and Adrienne pull off the highway and into Roy's Motel and Cafe. This roadside artifact proves to be a strange and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Stewart ... Paul
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Adrienne
Chris Browning ... Frank
Angela Featherstone ... Sandy
Afemo Omilami ... The Man
Trevor Morgan ... Jason
Christopher Gessner Christopher Gessner ... Max
Robert Maxhimer Robert Maxhimer ... Billy
Jeannetta Arnette ... Shirley
Grainger Hines ... Tim
Sandy Martin ... Colleen
Carlease Burke ... Beatrice
Chris Hayes ... Cameraman
Melissa R. Bacelar ... Shawnee (as Melissa Bacelar)
Wade Feehan Wade Feehan ... Pledge
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Driving to a wedding in Los Angeles through the Mojave Desert, Paul and Adrienne pull off the highway and into Roy's Motel and Cafe. This roadside artifact proves to be a strange and surreal place with an unsettling mix of travelers, who force our couple to discover the secret hidden between. Written by Anonymous

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Sins will beget sins. See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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Rated R for some sexuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beneath the Dark See more »

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Production Co:

The Fort See more »
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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally entitled "Wake" before being renamed to it's current title. See more »

Goofs

When we first see the wrecked car at the motel, it's windshield is cracked but still attached. But in the accident, the windshield completely flies off the car. See more »

Quotes

Paul: You're Frank's wife, huh?
Sandy: Unfortunately.
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Connections

References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Dreadful Selfish Crime
Written by Robert Earl Keen
Published by Bug Music (BMI) and Keen Edge Music (BMI)
Performed by Robert Earl Keen
Courtesy of Sugar Hill Records, a Welk Music Group Company
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Poor finish to an interesting slow burner.
9 August 2012 | by keeganmurray-19See all my reviews

Beneath The Dark starts well enough. A young couple pull up into a hotel, looking for a place to stay for the night. As in so many hotel horrors that went before it, the place is deserted and what little people that are around are incredibly sinister. Sound familiar? That's because it is. Imagine Reeker, Vacancy and The Shining (try spot the references) thrown into a blender. That's the impression Beneath The Dark makes early on, and it's a good 'un.

Slowly the movie unfolds a series of flashbacks which give an insight into the past of a few of the characters we have seen throughout the movie and into the secrets that their past holds.

Paul and Adrienne are a run of the mill young couple experiencing a few relationship problems (Vacancy anyone?) and Frank is the lonely hotel owner who is sinister in his overt friendliness. All sounding pretty run of the mill so far? Here's where it veers off.

Through the pre-mentioned flashbacks, and also the bizarre reveals we begin to realise there's a lot more going on in Paul's life than meets the eye, and from some reason, the events of the night seem to be unfolding around the mysterious secrets of his past. As the intensity of these bizarre incidents is cranked up the viewer begins to feel increasingly unsettled and also engrossed. The slow burning build-up beats every last inch of possible tension out of what is, in all fairness, a very lame script. Slowly Beneath The Dark appears to be building to something magnificent, and then boom, the end has happened. Where was our sensational denouement? Nowhere to be seen. In a finish that's likely to leave more questions than answers, and not in the good David Lynchian way, the viewer is left feeling somewhat ripped off.

You put up with the bad acting and poor dialogue for what appears to be an interesting plot and quite decent direction to be left feeling somewhat dumbfounded as to how the writer felt that to be an acceptable finish to the movie. Beneath The Dark as a result, appears to be a case of a writer biting off more than he can chew, but with some very blatant signs of potential for the future. All in all I give it 6/10.


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