BENEATH THE DARKNESS is a new thriller starring Dennis Quaid as Ely Vaughn, a weird mortician with a few dark secrets.
Watching the movie on Blu-ray it immediately shows us that Quaid's character Ely is off his rocker big time so that leaves little mystery to the movie which is kind of a let down. We watch some high school kids, Travis (Tony Oller), Abby (Aimme Teegarden), Brian (Stephen Lunsford) and Danny (Devon Werkheiser) who get curious about Ely when they see him dancing with "someone" through his window, so they investigate, get busted by Ely and one dies. The kids go to the authorities but it's hard to prove how their friend died since they broke into the home. So, with Ely and his secret exposed, what secret you ask? It has to do with his dead wife of two years that he dances with at night!
The kids tell the locals what they see but no one believes them because Ely is well loved by the community. They go back and forth with Ely during the movie and watching how Quaid handles his character really is creepy and shows how crazy this guy is. After a few close calls and narrow escapes our surviving teens finally come face-to-face one last time with him and learn one more long kept secret and Ely's past finally comes back to haunt him.
Beneath the Darkness is shot beautifully by director Martin Guigui and most of the movie takes place at night which really helps to set the tone . The story is ok and kind of generic but watching Dennis Quaid go crazy makes it worth watching! I've never seen him do a character like this! The movie doesn't really have any F/X because it's pretty much story and character driven but it could have helped the cause. Add a little mystery and a few F/X and this movie could have been much better!
Bottom line is if you're looking for a new thriller be sure to at least rent Beneath the Darkness. It's not the best but watching Quaid go crazy and flip out is worth the watch! I could watch it again simply because of Quaid's performance! Beneath the Darkness will be available on DVD and Blu-ray February 28th. 3/5
Studio: Anchor Bay
Run Time: 96 Minutes
Special Features: Needed more!
- Behind the Scenes Featurette