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Beneath DVD Review

Beneath DVD

The premise of “Beneath” wears thin midway through the film.

On the eve of coal miner George Marsh’s retirement, his environmental law studying daughter Samantha nervously volunteers to venture into the Brackett Coal Mine on her father’s last work day to see what he’s been doing for many years. Within a few minutes of being inside the mine, Samantha and the worker’s worst nightmare becomes a reality as the mine collapses leaving the workers trapped for an estimated 72 hours in an emergency room until they can be rescued. To make matters worse, the wait time proves to be disastrous as injuries, deaths, air issues, and hallucinations (or are they?) begin to occur. Will anyone make it out alive? Dun dun dunnnn.

As with many horror films, “Beneath” starts out promising enough as the claustrophobic story set-up sucks the viewer in. Alas, all that interest goes out the window when the story becomes bogged down by one note characters, repetitive scenes of characters waiting around and or foolishly walking around, dumb character moments, and groan worthy horror movie clichés in which the viewer is left wondering if the mine is haunted or if everyone is losing their mind. It’s a real shame the film decreases in quality as there’s a good tension building movie in here somewhere.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1. How does it look? Dark, but professionally shot by Timothy A. Burton.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? The moody music, dialogue, and sound f/x prove to be effective.

Extras:

* IFC film trailers and a trailer for “Beneath.”
* Separate interviews with Ben Ketai, Kelly Noonan, Jeff Fahey, Joey Kern, David Shackelford, Eric Etebari, Kurt Caceres, Mark L. Young, Rene Rivera, and Kelly Wagner and Nick Phillips (together).
* “From Script To Screen Writers’ Featurette”- The two screenwriters talk about the story and script over behind-the-scenes footage.
* “Lessons From Below: Miner Education”- The cast and crew talk about learning about coal mining from a consultant.
* “Behind The Scenes”- A mix of film clips and cast and crew interviews.

* “Breaking News Reports”- Faux news reports tied into the movie.
* “Newsreel- The 19”- A faux newsreel about the 19 as mentioned in the movie.

Overall Thoughts: There’s not much to the lackluster “Beneath.” If you want to see a solid horror film set in a mine, check out “My Bloody Valentine” or even the remake “My Bloody Valentine 3D.”

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October 28, 2014 - Posted by | DVD review | , ,

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