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Beneath the Darkness


Genre :

Thriller, Psychological

Release Date :

January 06, 2012 (Limited)

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Martin Guigui

Starring :

Dennis Quaid, Aimee Teegarden, Tony Oller, Devon Werkheiser, Brett Cullen, Stephen Lunsford

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

2 of 5

“..unremarkable title that makes it sound like any number of Nicole Kidman films, is less about horror than hauntings of the head and heart..”
by Marc Savlov [Austin Chronicle]
“..the screenplay is too proud of its going-nowhere literary allusions to crack a joke or even wink at the viewer..”
by John DeFore [Hollywood Reporter]
“..the idea of making the local undertaker a crazed killer is too obvious not to be amusing..”
by John Anderson [Variety]
“..the film never makes its villain central enough to garner or deserve audience sympathy or understanding..”
by Mark Olsen [Los Angeles Times]
1.5 of 5

“..some unintended laughter as the proceedings grow too silly to bear..”
by Neil Genzlinger [New York Times]
1 of 4

“..plenty of stupidly unconvincing actions taken on the part of the film's characters..”
by Andrew Schenker [Slant Magazine]
“..perhaps this film will succeed as a comedy, where it failed as a horror film..”
by Ron Wilkinson [Monsters and Critics]
2 of 5

“..overall, there's nothing to the story beyond the basic plo..”
by Robert Levin [amNewYork]
“..it's not particularly scary, though it does create the rather humorous impression that he has an allergic reaction to the film he's in..”
by Tim Grierson [Village Voice]
“..it's a kick-ass opener, but, unfortunately, the rest of the movie doesn't live up to its creepy promise..”
by David Noh [Film Journal International]
1 of 5

“..it may be best to forget about the movie itself..”
by Joe Neumaier [New York Daily News]
1 of 4

“..can’t save this silly, scare-free horror film briefly haunting theaters en route to entombment on home video..”
by Kyle Smith [New York Post]

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