A travesty of a film in the eyes of critics and average movie goers, 2011’s “Beneath the Darkness” is what I like to call a “misunderstood” film.
After the discovery of a cheating wife, Ely Vaughn (Dennis Quaid) leaps into action, killing his wife (Rosemary) and her lover, who he buries alive in Rosemary’s grave, which is empty seeing as he keeps her body in his house, so he can dance with it each night. When some local high school students see two people dancing in an upstairs window of Ely’s house, they take it for a ghost, and become absorbed in curiosity. The teenagers find their way inside Ely’s home, to find Rosemary’s body, and a pissed off Ely who ends up killing one of them on the stairs, later claiming it as an accident to the authorities. These friends now seek revenge against Ely and want to expose him for what he really is…a psycho.
Evaluation: There is one main reason that explains my liking of this film. I like the “Norman Bates” feel of it. For those who don’t know, I am referring to the main character from the movie “Psycho”. Most people are saying that the movie is boring, but I say that standards for movies have never been higher. Look how difficult it is to become a famous or even just successful musician with SO MANY people wanting to do it. The world isn’t even close to running out of movies, and our standards for today’s movies are abnormally high.
With that said, I am not making this out to be the best film of the year. It is classified as a horror-thriller film, and in those terms, it did fail, quite miserably. It is neither thrilling or the slightest bit terrifying, but it is entertaining. I enjoyed watching it, and personally thought Quaid’s performance as Ely was well played. So if I am saying anything here, it is this: Don’t let the reviews push you away on this one. Give it a chance and then decide for yourself. Just keep in mind that it doesn’t live up to it’s own classification, but it isn’t a bad movie over all.
Total Abstract Rating: 75% It really isn’t what it say’s it is, but it isn’t that bad either.
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