'Beneath the Darkness' [Blu-ray]
(Dennis Quaid, Tony Oller, Aimee Teegarden, Devon Werkheisser, Brett Cullen, et al / Blu ray / R / 2012 / IMAGE Entertainment)
Overview: Beneath the Darkness is a teen thriller in the style of Disturbia, with high school kids pitted against a psychotic villain in a community where adults refuse to see one of their own is a serial killer.
Blu ray Verdict: A group of bored teens decide to spy on the creepy funeral director because they think his home is haunted. Sounds like the beginning to a bad idea, huh? It gets worse when the kids see something and decide they need to know what it is, deciding it would be worth it to snoop around the next time said home owner is away.
There is something about Dennis Quaid that makes him really creepy now. It's not simply acting - although it is really good - but maybe age or possibly years of acting that shines through in films like these. From the start he is out there being disturbing, too, and i liked that. This movie is powered by him, after all, and his character has to be believably disturbed and it is.
While there are a few places in the beginning that are slow, and the ending of this film - no spoilers - isn't the best thing in the world, I still liked it. The plot is not one that is complex at all and, as with a lot of horror movies, it can be figured out rather quickly. That said, the chase, the uncovering, the mistakes - those things make up a movie to me. And those kids earn a nice little "Why the hell are you doing that" badge.
The acting is good enough and I kept wondering exactly what Dennis Quaid would end up doing next. There are also a few moments that I did not expect - the stairs thing for one! That made me enjoy this more. [TBS] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Behind the scenes