The terrifying secrets of a small town hero are exposed when a teenaged prank turns deadly in the tense psychological thriller BENEATH THE DARKNESS. In BENEATH THE DARKNESS, Ely Vaughn (Quaid) is a pillar of the community in tiny Smithville, Texas. The town's mortician, Ely has been revered since his days as the high school's star quarterback. But since the tragic death of his wife two years earlier, Ely has withdrawn from his neighbors, while local teens spread stories of supernatural goings on at Ely's mansion--which is also the funeral home. When high school friends Travis (Oller), Abby (Teegarden), Brian (Lunsford) and Danny (Werkheiser) decide to check out the rumors, they are shocked to see the supposedly grieving widower dancing with a mysterious woman behind the curtains of his bedroom window. Their curiosity aroused, the four teens wait for Ely to leave the house before breaking in to investigate. But instead of finding clues to the woman's identity, they stumble on a grotesque, long-hidden secret. The sadistic mortician next door will now stop at nothing to literally bury his past.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
A malformed, would-be horror shocker with a deliriously deranged performance by Dennis Quaid, who unfortunately seems to be the only one onboard who thinks he's in a comedy.John Anderson, Variety, 01.05.2012
At times it seems the simple ineptitude of "Beneath the Darkness" surely must mask some undercurrent of deeper sophistication and intention on behalf of the filmmakers. Alas, as it turns out, such things never surface.Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 01.05.2012
Dennis Quaid goes Psycho in dull Texas-set thriller.John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, 01.06.2012
Someone involved with "Beneath the Darkness" has either watched too many horror movies or not enough.Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 01.05.2012