Quaid creeps out viewers as deranged funeral direc
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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