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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.

Director:

Martin Guigui

Writer:

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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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

Bruce Wilkinson (the writer) first met Director Martin Guigui in Austin, Texas at the Austin Film Featival back in 2005 at a screening of Guigui's Swing (2003). Little did they know they would find themselves filming "Beneath The Darkness" 5 years later right in the Austin area. See more »

Goofs

Part of Ely's preparation of Danny before the funeral includes adding cosmetics and presumably embalming. During a Jewish funeral, there is a closed casket, which is customary, but it would not have been okay for Ely to add makeup or embalm Danny. See more »

Connections

References Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996) See more »

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I'm Changin'
Performed By Cassidy Cooper
Written By Victoria Justice, Mason Cooper, Jerry Deaton
Courtesy Of: Endurement Music Group
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6 October 2013 | by Tss5078See all my reviews

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 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.


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