Beneath the Darkness
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
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.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
When watching a movie about a psychotic serial killer, one expects a movie with a certain amount of suspense and momentum to build-up throughout the course of the movie. We find out right off the bat what Dennis Quaid’s character really is and what’s capable of and in some movies that might lead us to wonder what this mad man is going to do next, but between Quaid’s acting and the horrific dialogue, it leaves you with a sense of fear, but only for what’s coming next in this film you’re watching. The opening sequence is kind of like something from CSI except for when we get gems of dialogue like “I have two tickets to the gun show”.
Part of the problem with BENEATH THE DARKNESS is that the actors just seem so scripted in the sense that they put no emotion into their lines. The just say what they’re supposed to say and then move on. There’s no real sense of chemistry between the actors and you don’t really care what happens to any of them at any point of time during the movie.
It might have something to do that most of the cards are laid out in front of you right off the bat, or the weird and mostly random scenes with the kids in high school… or maybe it was the pointless back-story for the character for Tony Oller’s character Travis. It winds up lacking the aforementioned suspense and momentum that a movie like this needs to be enjoyable. There was unfortunately too many “cons” that made this movie bad to watch and just not enough “pros”.
Behind The Scenes: This isn’t even really a “making of” feature, this is quite literally behind the scenes as all we see is the crew filming scenes from the movie. It’s a completely pointless special feature just showing us the movie we just watched from a different angle.
BENEATH THE DARKNESS is not a bad concept for a movie, but it just wasn’t executed very well. Sometimes movies like this can stay B-movies and still be good, but between a seemingly inexperienced cast and again, the terrible dialogue, this just didn’t come out the way I think the director had hoped. This movie isn’t meant to be scary (or at least I hope it isn’t), but I do believe it’s supposed to be a thriller and it just didn’t evoke any sense of panic for the characters for me.
Between the meh quality of the movie and the ridiculously pointless special features, I definitely don’t recommend picking this movie up to buy… I don’t even really recommend it to rent unless there is absolutely nothing else to watch whatsoever.