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The Dark Below (2015)

Unrated | | Horror, Thriller | 10 March 2017 (USA)
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A woman struggles for survival beneath a frozen lake while a serial killer stalks her from the surface.

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Douglas Schulze
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lauren Mae Shafer ... Rachel (as Lauren Shafer)
David G.B. Brown David G.B. Brown ... Ben
Veronica Cartwright ... Tess
Arielle Olkhovsky ... Grace (as Arielle Kchikian)
Seraphina Anne Zorn Seraphina Anne Zorn ... Sasha (as Sarah Zorn)
Emily McKeown Emily McKeown ... Pool Girl / Wedding Reception
Taylor Frank Taylor Frank ... Pool Girl / Wedding Reception
Keyna Reynolds ... Pool Girl / Wedding Reception
Brandy Criscerti Brandy Criscerti ... Pool Girl / Wedding Reception
Tiffany Burns ... Pool Girl / Wedding Reception
Karina Martinez Karina Martinez ... Little Girl at Wedding Reception
Vivienne Greenleaf Vivienne Greenleaf ... Girl at Wedding Reception
John Vella ... Rachel's Uncle
Lizzy Bers Lizzy Bers ... Wedding Reception
Tom Trusco Tom Trusco ... Wedding Reception (as Thomas J. Trusco)
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A woman struggles for survival beneath a frozen lake while a serial killer stalks her from the surface.

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,526, 12 March 2017

Gross USA:

$7,095

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,095
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Dead Wait Productons See more »
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Color
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There are only 3 words spoken in the entire film. See more »

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The antagonist sits out in the open on a day cold enough to keep an frozen lake from melting without protection for his face. Frostbite would have set in with 30 minutes to 1 hour and made the scenario he was trying to stage implausible to anyone who examined the scene. See more »

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Original and Innovative
14 March 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A woman (Lauren Mae Shafer) struggles for survival beneath a frozen lake while a metrosexual killer (David G. B. Brown) stalks her from the surface and we slowly find out they are not strangers.

The mad genius behind this film is writer-producer-director Douglas Schulze, who has been a rising force in the world of indie horror. But although we tend to associate a film mostly with the director, Jonathan D'Ambrosio really deserves as much credit for "Dark Below", with his serving as co-writer, editor and art / production design. His fingerprints are all over this one.

The film has a slim cast, with the most notable name being Veronica Cartwright. The lead, Lauren Mae Shafer, may be building a reputation among horror fans with her roles in "Mimesis" (also from Douglas Schulze and co-starring Brown) and "Secrets in the Walls". A few others show up in flashbacks, but are really unimportant. Shafer virtually carries the entire film on her shoulders.

The creators make a very bold decision going for the complete lack of dialogue, which makes it almost like watching a symphony rather than a film – this, in turn, makes it very much a showcase for composer David Bateman. The modern silent film, as well as the plot of using a woman's expert swimming abilities against her, are absolutely original. Originality is rare in any genre, but especially in horror. (Can we stop making zombie movies yet?)

If any criticism could be thrown at the film, it would be to ask: did it need to be feature-length? Already very short by feature standards, it could have been a longer short film just as effectively. I suppose for marketing purposes, you would prefer to have the feature. Few theaters, at least outside of festivals, screen short films. (Maybe they should.)

All in all, an original and innovative film. It may not appeal to all audiences, but those who want to see something different and who have a little patience (this is not a bloody slasher film) will be rewarded.


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