Beneath the Darkness (Blu-ray)

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Quaid creeps out viewers as deranged funeral direc

on 6/6/2012

Dennis Quaid used to be a bankable star. He was especially good in The Rookie, in Wyatt Earp as Doc Holliday, The Day After Tomorrow and as Jerry Lee Lewis in Great Balls of Fire. His fall to playing a creepy funeral director in Beneath The Darkness just goes to show what multiple marriages and rehab problems can do to you. But I've not given up on Dennis. In the 2010 pix The Special Relationship where he took on Bill Clinton, he was nominated for many awards including Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor. Beneath the Darkness isn't terrible. I'm just afraid the producers played it too straight to attract their primary audience, teenagers. There is little campy humor, There is no nudity, just a little bad language and some violence. Four teenage friends, Travis (Tony Oller), Abby (Aimee Teeagarden of Friday Night Lights), Brian (Stephen Lunsford) and Danny (Devon Werkheiser) think there are ghosts at the local funeral home in their small Texas town. They enter at night and discover the ghost they think they see Ely (Quaid) dancing with is actually his dead wife, Rosemary, who he's preserved. They get caught and Ely fearlessly kills one of them. The other three go immediately to the police. The police investigate, find nothing and end up apologizing to Ely, a pillar of the community. The three remaining teenagers are determined to expose Ely for what he is -- but underestimate this madman.

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Studio Image Entertainment
SKU 226688575
UPC 014381782059
UPC 14 00014381782059
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/3/2013
Haunted Houses
Editors Note
Note A small-town mortician finds his darkest secret revealed in director Martin Guigui's edge-of-your-seat thriller. Everyone in Smithville, Texas, knows the name Ely Vaughn (Dennis Quaid). A former star quarterback on the high-school football team, amiable Ely went on to become the town mortician. Ely's always got a quick smile ready as he cheers on the hometown team, but two years after his wife's untimely death, he's grown increasingly reclusive. He lives in a sprawling mansion that also doubles as the local funeral home, and rumor has it that the house is haunted. For curious teens Travis (Tony Oller), Brian (Stephen Lunsford), Abby (Aimee Teegarden), and Danny (Devon Werkheiser), the temptation to find out for themselves if the stories are true prove too powerful to resist. Gazing into Ely's windows, the teens witness the silhouettes of the grieving widower and an unidentified woman dancing together, and decide to get a closer look. But it may be the last mistake they ever make, because beneath Ely's friendly facade dwells a murderous sociopath capable of unspeakable evil.
Dennis Quaid
Devon Werkheiser
Tony Oller
Aimee Teegarden
Cast & Crew
Dennis Quaid - Star
Devon Werkheiser - Star
Tony Oller - Star
Aimee Teegarden - Star
Stephen Lunsford - Star
David Christopher - Co-Star
Melody Chase - Co-Star
Cheryl Chin - Co-Star
Davi Jay - Co-Star
Amber Bartlett - Co-Star
Sydney Barrosse - Co-Star
Cameron Banfield - Co-Star
Connor James - Co-Star
Steve Larkin - Co-Star
Timothy Fall - Co-Star
Dahlia Waingort - Co-Star
Richard Dillard - Co-Star
Bruce Fowler - Music Arranger
Bart Brown - Set Decorator
Marti Humphrey - Sound Re-Recording
Massimo Zeri - Director of Photography
Geoff Zanelli - Composer
Bridget Cook - Hairstylist
Van Redin - Photography
Randy S. Westgate - Makeup Designer
Dahlia Waingort - Post-Production Supervisor
Dominic Cancilla - Production Manager/UPM
Mason Cooper - Music Editor
Bruce Wilkinson - Screenwriter
Alexander Yurchikov - Assistant Director
Charlie Parrish - Stunt Coordinator
Bill Records - Photography
Galen Walker - Sound
Jussi Tegelmen - Sound
Jussi Tegelmen - Sound Re-Recording
Subterranean VFX - Visual Effects Designer
Phill Boucher - Additional Music/Songs
Brett Cullen - Co-Star
Gabriel Folse - Co-Star
Martin Guigui - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2012
UPC 00014381782059
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 96 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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