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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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Martin Guigui

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Bruce Wilkinson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Quaid ... Vaughn Ely
Aimee Teegarden ... Abby
Tony Oller ... Travis
Stephen Ford ... Brian (as Stephen Lunsford)
Devon Werkheiser ... Danny
Brett Cullen ... Sgt. Nickerson
Dahlia Waingort ... Sylvia Moore
Conrad Gonzales Conrad Gonzales ... Officer Alvarez
Wilbur Penn ... Officer Wainright
Amber Bartlett ... Rosemary Ely
Sydney Barrosse Sydney Barrosse ... Carolyn
David Christopher ... Sovic
Gabriel Folse ... Russell
Melody Chase ... Elaine
Cameron Banfield Cameron Banfield ... Collin
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Now I Lay You Down To Sleep. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 2012 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

Além da Escuridão See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,300,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,000,000, 31 December 2012
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Aimee Teagarden is left-handed. You can tell most obviously when she is bowling. See more »

Goofs

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 (1996) See more »

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Love Me
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Scooby-Doo, but serious and without Scooby
30 December 2012 | by WuchakSee all my reviews

That's how this excellent little mystery-horror film from 2011 struck me, and I mean that in a good way.

PLOT: Dennis Quaid plays a creepy mortician in a central Texas town. A group of teens decide to trespass his abode for thrills and everything goes awry.

Quaid and cutie Aimee Teegarden head the cast, but it's Tony Oller who shines here as the troubled protagonist. He's very reminiscent of Robby Benson.

Like I said, the story is akin to a Scooby-Doo yarn, but realistic and without the dog. Although Quaid is over-the-top and somewhat campy as the villain the rest of the cast play it straight. I was surprised by the dramatic score and a few really touching scenes.

Some complain that the subplot of a dead sister and a ghost sighting goes nowhere, but it's there for a reason, just think about it.

Although there's some realistic cussing there's zero raunch.

BOTTOM LINE: I was pleasantly surprised by this great little film. It's classy, sometimes moving, mysterious and thrilling at the same time. What more could you ask for in a movie of this ilk?

Shot in Bastrop & Smithville, Texas, the film runs 96 minutes.

GRADE: A- or B+


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