In Edgemont, Montana, the teenager Christy Wescot is very connected to her beloved sister Vanessa Locke. On her fourteenth birthday, Christy asks Vanessa to drive her convertible car, but she has a car accident, hits a rock and is thrown off the seat however Vanessa is trapped in the car that explodes and she survives disfigured and totally burnt. Christy is sent to Pine Bluff Psychiatric Care Center for treatment while her sister is treated by her husband Dr. John Locke at home with the assistance of the nurse Claire Wells. When Vanessa has a heart attack and dies, Christy has a breakdown in the funeral service telling that her sister is alive in the coffin. Then she moves to California for the pre-med, but is haunted by nightmares and weird visions. When the caretaker of the family Joseph dies six years later, Christy returns to Edgemont for the funeral and has a cold reception by John and his mother. However, her niece Amy that is afraid of dark things behind the walls of the house asks her to stay in the town for a couple of days and Christys friend Debbie welcomes and lodger her in her house. Christy has mysterious blackouts with strange visions and decides to investigate the death of her sister that she believes had been buried alive, disclosing a dark secret, while the locals believe she has borderline personality disorder.
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I expected a bit much, since I made the mistake to read the "Diamondamong pearls" comment. Back to reality: the acting is mediocre towardsbad, the story is boring and the scary stuff is just a girl havingweird visions. The fact that overall it makes sense is a plus,especially for the "psychically sensitive girl that no one believes"subtype of the horror genre.Bottom line: this is more of a psychic thriller and not a horror movie.The last part, while it conveniently ties all the loose ends, is waytoo convenient, more of a moral compromise that breaks the slightlybetter feel of the story coming to a quasi-logical finale. I can easilyimagine all the actors playing in a third rate soap opera, so don'texpect a lot better acting that that.
I wasn't expecting much, but this movie actually delivered the goods!In this day and age of "torture porn", it was nice to be able to watcha horror movie that actually had suspense, mystery, and and a plotline. Gorehounds, this movie is not for you. But if you enjoy horrormixed with mystery, suspense, and heartbreaking drama, this movie isfor you.Pros: Nora Zehetner, "Eden" from "Heroes" really shines in this movie.The rest of the cast is fine, particularly Jessica Amlee as "Amy" andGabrielle Rose as the mean "Mrs. Locke". This movie has a mystery - nota body count. The score is haunting. The make-up effects areincredible.Cons: The movie could have benefited from better cinematography. Yourarely see horror movies shot so brightly nowadays. The camera captureseverything you need to see, but it is done in an almost matter-of-factmanner with no flair.
Don't let he MTV logo on the box affect your decision to see this! I was surprised to see that there is a solid story here, characters with personalities, some great acting, and no cheesy nudity. A girl returns to the town she grew up in after a number of years away to attend a funeral. She had been sent away after her sister's funeral with a brother-in-law and niece as her onlt family left. She starts to have blackouts, visions through sketches, and people begin to die. It even has some dark and creepy elements. I recommend this and I would watch it again, even own it.There is nothing "MTV" about this movie! :)
I think that Beneath is a good movie it is about a teenager ChristyWescot who lives in Edgemont, Montana, she loves her beloved sisterVanessa. So on her fourteenth birthday, Christy asks Vanessa to giveher a drive her convertible car, but she has a car accident, she hits arock and is thrown off the seat, but Vanessa gets trapped in the carthat suddenly explodes however she manages to survive, but she isdisfigured and totally burnt all over. Christy is sent to a psychiatriccentre for treatment but not long after, Vanessa has a heart attack anddies. while Vanessa's funeral service is on Christy has a breakdown andsays that her sister is still alive in the coffin.She then moves to California but is haunted by nightmares and weirdvisions. Then six years later the caretaker of the family Joseph dies.When Christy comes back to Edgemont for the funeral and is not made tofeel very welcome by John and his mother. Her niece Amy is afraid ofthings behind the walls of the house and asks her to stay in town for acouple of days. Christy has mysterious blackouts with strange visionsand decides that she has to investigate the death of her sister. Ifound this to be quite a creepy sort of movie, with a very good story.
It was stupid. I was mad because that is an hour an a half of my life I can never get back. It made no sense at all. The movie jumped around and never really made sense. The ending was so dumb it was insulting. Not to mention that when the girl wrecks and her sister is disfigured she is like 8 years old. It was the worst movie ever. Don't waste your time.
This review is from: Beneath (DVD) More of a mystery than a thriller. Christy feels guilty for causing an accident, which disfigures her sister, Vanessa. She has flashbacks of the tragic events (and general horrible visions) and draws what she sees in a notebook. Some of the images have yet to occur. A sense of obligation compels her to visit her sister's husband, John and his daughter, Amy. Their household is now run by John's creepy mother (picture Mrs. Danvers.) Christy senses someone else in the house (as does Amy.) She is intent on proving that Vanessa was buried alive, because she saw it in one of her visions. She begins to believe that John and Vanessa's nurse, Claire Wells conspired to kill Vanessa. John insists that Christy leave town or face being arrested by her police friend, Jeff. The ending was rather predictable and somewhat sad, but ultimately for the best, I think. This is a pretty clean movie with only slightly disturbing images. I wouldn't eat dinner while watching it, but I've seen worse depictions of violence in regular TV programs.
this movie was something else. after i saw it, i was a bit in shock. all good things of course. very well thought out. plain and simple: it was very good. it's hard these days to bring something to the screen that kind of gets you a bit on edge, something a bit unnerving you know. and this did all that. it's not a big blockbuster movie, but it far from sux too. very mysterious and suspenseful. just when you think you got it all figured out, it isn't always so. take this chic who's coming back to her home town after years of struggling and trying to escape the painful memories of her sisters death, caused in part by her. the guilt is and has always been there, but so have visions of her sister and that unfortunate day. she ran from her past, but as always she must face it one day. somthing keeps telling her, that something is not right. visions, drawings, and dreams have followed her for years and make her want to uncover the truth. the truth that lies hidden beneath. just her and her young niece seem to be the only ones to believe that there is a dark thing, when everyone else thinks she's crazy. she has to do what she can to prove them wrong. in the end, it's more than even she thought it would be. very successful film in my eyes. the acting was quite good, the all around feeling you get when you watch this is an eerie one. nothing like good old fashion thrills to give you some good chills.
You know what would be great? How about an original idea instead of just rehashing the same old plots over and over again. How many times do we have to suffer through somebody dying or being injured in a car accident or a fire (here it was both) then watch the tortured survivor friend or relative deal with it later in life? This movie wasn't terrible, but there was absolutely nothing new in it anywhere that hasn't been done in dozens of other movies. There were pictures drawn of visions someone had (boy, that's original), a little kid viewing all the happenings (only for the hundreth time I think) and of course the cover up of the plot that gives us the same old twist at the end. A real twist would be that there is no twist at the end. I gave it 3 stars because the acting wasn't bad and had it been one of the first 10 or so movies I'd seen with this same theme I probably would have liked it more.
A 25 year-old woman gives her 12 year-old sister the steering wheel ofher car - for a drive on a bumpy, country road - and then acts like atotal moron, while her underage sis tries to calm her down. Thisresults in - shock! - an accident!!!! That really came as asuper-twist, and so early on in the movie. Amazing how well MTV canentertain us.I've seen so very few horror films, thrillers, and dramas start offwith a car accident, so you can imagine how startled I was by thisamazing turn of events. How did they come up with that? What kind ofinventive minds are hired by MTV's movie department these days? On theother hand, there are several reasonable twists toward the end,although the one with the girl stabbing her deformed mother was a bittoo silly.Overall, a forgettable but not awful B-movie, with a ratherunappealing, flat-chested female in the role of the surviving sister.Find me a movie that starts with a car-ride which DOESN'T end with aroad accident.
i had really low expectation going in.mainly because of the words MTVfilms appearing on the screen was surprised at how well done thispsychological suspense thriller was.i found it very atmospheric,andsuspenseful.there weren't a lot of cheap scares.it was intelligent,andwell written,in my opinion.the ending was unexpected.i was also veryimpressed with the acting.Nora Zehetner as Christy was very good,butMatthew Settle as John really impressed.basically,my opinion of MTVfilms went up several notches after this film was over.i don't get thelow rating(5.3/10).but that's just my opinion.for me,Beneath is a welldeserved 8/10
Well... after reading the last comment in here about saying "the bestmovie 2007 so far..." i felt disappointed on how the low critic appealthe IMDb reviewers have. This movie is not even far from being betterthan anything.I will say, the plot was a little weak. The story about this girlsearching for a truth about what happened to her sister its the typicalstory at its most. The plot from the beginning was leading to somethinggood, but later, it started to being a little misplaced. It don't haveany form the plot. The thing here is, this story has something, veryspecial, but if you read it like it were on a book, would be a greatbook. But this kind of weird plot with no sense of direction during andat the most end, does not work right for being a film.First, when you have a good idea, do it. This was a good idea, but thiswere the thing that do not work for this film. The plot leads themystery and a not so common way to approach the lead character. Thatwas cool about this movie. Then, they come the "why this person is likethis". Very well told that part, but then, the plot starts to spreadall over. It was good to keep mystery but they do not lead to a veryhard spot. They try it to make you thing some weird things during themystery that keeps you very near the screen, but then, you start toknow what will happened next. And to try to confuse you they use the"black outs" thing. And then, you finally reach to understand all, andthen... SURPRISE! the plot leads to a very spread thing with no senseat all for what the movie try the characters to go on. But this, notmatter that point, its a good thing about the plot.Then the characters. They were well told and (for my amaze) well acted,but, of course, they look like all of them were a little amateur yet.The lead character does a good act but she, as an actor, does notlooked very convinced about her paper. But all the rest of the actorsseemed to be with their papers. That was a bad point for her as anactor but she make a good work, because she manage to stand in front ofthe other actors.Then, the sound, well placed, and gives you some jumps in the seat oncein a wile. But what amaze me was the quality of the SOUNDTRACK, themusic has some reminiscence from soundtracks from games like SILENTHILL, and could make a very good environment to place you in the movie,but to be honest that was the best part of it. The locations were verygood, but the director did not manage to make them look well.The worst was the director, common shots. Camera boring, and did notmanage to make a good story a GREAT one. Instead he make it mediocre.He try it to make you being scared for nothing, and could make thelights and filters coordinate to make a very scary place for thelocations... and in the way you know the characters its not the waythat the plot wants. The director could not connect himself with thestory and could not make it in a way this movie could be better.I hope my English is well enough to tell a good critic about this nicemovie, and i give it a 5/10, because everyone put a good effort in themaking of this but the director couldn't make it work to be a very goodmovie.
As a teenager Christy Wescot and her sister Vanessa are in a caraccident. Vanessa becomes horribly burned before she eventually dies.Christy has a mental breakdown and leaves town. Six years later shereturns when their old caretaker passes away. Memories and visionshaunt her. Could Vanessa be trying to say something from beyond thegrave? We've seen the story before. A person who has suffered some childhoodtrauma returns home only to be confronted with demons past. Beneathnever manages to do something new and creative with this concept, butin its unoriginality it still remains pretty watchable. One of thereasons for this is the mercifully short running time and general pace.There isn't anything excessive in the movie. We are told what'snecessary and little else. Some movies need time to unfold, whileothers like Beneath, benefit on being concise and to the point. None ofthe actors really make a mark, but Nora Zehetner as Christy is likableenough. It was a pleasant surprise to see Don S. Davis (Twin Peaks,Stargate SG-1) in a minor role as the caretaker Joseph too. Thetechnical aspects of the movie are generally decent, with a couple ofgreat shots, like the tracking shot as Christy first comes home. Therewas one musical cue that was supposed to scare, but instead came off asforced ruining an otherwise decent scene. Speaking of scares there isvery little suspense in the movie. The returning visions may yank thosedosing on the couch back to reality, however it soon becomes tiresome.Only towards the end does Beneath manage to create some tension, butit's too little too late. The ending was an interesting mess making mewonder if they were unsure how to round it all off.Ultimately Beneath isn't likely to scare horror fans, though a youngercrowd may find it satisfying. The film is well made for being astraight-to-DVD release and everyone involved seem to have contributedthe best they could. It looks alright and it kept my attentionthroughout. I only wish they had made a stronger effort in writing thescript.
Christy watches as her sister is badly burned in a car explosion due toa crash with which she was driving. Told that she was dead, Christybelieved that she was still alive. Sent away to a mental hospital,Christy is said to have a Borderline Personality Disorder, and thisaffects her job later as a 20 year old intern(Nora Zehetner). Findingout that an old friend passed away, Christy returns and decides topursue whether or not her sister Vanessa(Carly Pope)died from heartfailure due to trauma, or by malicious intent. Her sister's husbandJohn(Matthew Settle)wishes her to leave as soon as possible and hisdaughter Amy(Jessica Amlee)speaks of a thing which comes from thecloset to haunt her at night, hoping to catch it on her digital camera.When those close to Vanessa either wind up dead(..like John's mother,portrayed by Gabrielle Rose)or harmed(Amy and John), Christy, againstthe advice of those around her who resist her notions of a sister whowas buried alive, will hopefully shed some light on obvious secretswhich have remained hidden just like a crawlspace in the Locke houseleading to several areas. An important sub-plot is Christy's uncannyability to see people's faces and certain acts from the past and futurefor which she artistically renders to paper. Also important is thelocation of a mysterious medical assistant to John, Claire(ElizaNorbury)who was with him when Vanessa supposedly died.More or less a mystery with pretty, cat-eyed Zehetner, quite subtle andnever really over-dramatic despite the struggles and hurdles shecontacts during her search for the truth. If some character,particularly John, is rather aggressive and angry towards her wishingfor her to leave, Christy(..through Zehetner) doesn't overreact orthrow tantrums about being mistreated. A constant feeling of otherswishing for her to just leave the town is ever-present and when shequestions anything about Vanessa's death, barriers are thrown up. But,you just know that Christy will forge ahead despite signs of danger,and find the truth. While it's easy to see who the culprit might beregarding the mystery's answer, I found a critical twist regardingVanessa's true fate rather hard to swallow. The film contains a housewith a crawlspace that is very important as a travel source for bothescape and directly leading to rooms..it's a plot device used well. Youoften see Christy attending funerals, too. The twist might work forsome..who the monster is that is supposedly terrorizing Amy and behindthe attack of John, but I found it a bit hard to take. Beautifullocation work, attractive production values, and rather decent acting,but the overall film never really gripped me. And, that ending(..whathappens when Christy discovers the real truth about Vanessa)left mecold and indifferent.
Anyone who is nitpicking at this movie over ridiculous things such as"do school websites list past students' phone numbers" and "thischaracter would've/should've/could've not let the younger sister drive"should be ignored.Films are made for viewers willing to allow the film to take them whereit will. If the film is imperfect, the real film lover will stillattempt to see it for what it wanted to be; for what it's actual*point* was. That is, of course, assuming there is one.On the other hand, there will always be the wannabe Sherlock Holmes offilm fandom, who will pick at the silliest details as if a moviesomehow needs to be a fully provable mathematical truth.Silly.On to the film.I must say, it is a typical thriller with horror elements taking placein a typical old house with typically hidden "creatures" and such,where the main character attempts to uncover a mystery until in the end-- surprise. If you want to understand what this film's atmosphere islike, think of "A Tale of Two Sisters" and "The Others" (with Kidman).Is the movie super-successful at what it does? I wouldn't say so. Iwill say, though, that it was certainly not a failure either. In fact,"willing viewers," as described above -- in other words, those viewerswho have managed to retain their childlike sense of wonder andinnocence when they sit down to watch a film -- should be leftcompletely unaware until the final revelation.And let me tell you, mate, if you have any kind of compassion for thecharacters you see on screen and think the value of cinema lies partlyin you allowing yourself to become emotionally involved with them (asopposed to analyzing their every action like some goofs will inevitablyalways do), you will be horrified at the ending. Bleedin' horrified.Not that it's particularly "scary" in the typical horror film sense,but because of the human suffering and injustice involved.Ignore the yapping cynics and enjoy this perfectly acceptable entryinto the spooky-family-in-an-old-house-with-a-dark-secret roster.However, allow me to still add that that if you are looking for a moviealong this theme and want one that is *really* well done, watch "A Taleof Two Sisters" instead.
I have to say that I didn't expect much from this film when I rented ittoday, but I was really surprised by it.Although the film's story is quite a clichÃ© as is suggested by the backof the DVD case, in my opinion it's done surprisingly good. A prettyconclusive story, except perhaps for the start of it all, not too badacting and a nice music score form into a decent mystery thriller. Iliked how the heroine actually investigates quite a bit throughout themovie instead of just getting the conclusions laid out for her in frontof her eyes. Additionally the film doesn't use too many flashy, cheapshock moments and successfully tries to depend more on the mysteryitself. And, contrary to the clichÃ©, the heroine doesn't behaveexceptionally stupid all the time.On the downside you won't have many surprises coming in the story ifyou've seen at least a few mystery thrillers. The ending actuallymanaged to satisfy me, a feat rarely achieved by that genre of movies.If you like mystery thrillers and always thought that those loud, noisy"in your face" shock moments are overused you should try this movie.
Christy Wescott (Nora Zehetner) has spent most of the past six years ofher life in under medication. On her 14th Birthday she goes on ajoyride with her older sister Vanessa (Carly Pope), which goes awry.Christy survives the crash unharmed, but Vanessa breaks her legs onlyto be engulfed by flames. Miracously she survives and falls into theloving arms of her husband Dr. John Locke. For six months Vanessafights for her life, amongst others for her daughter, Amy, butultimately dies of a heart attack. At the funeral Christy has visionsof Vanessa being buried alive and is quickly diagnosed as demented.Years have passed, Christy has tried to move on but visions stilloccur. A funeral in her home town forces her to revisit her past... All in all not a bad watch. Sometimes it even goes outside the box andeven though you know the mystery miles before it is officially resolvedit does keep you enticed. The movie does however have its significantflaws, including illogical motives and behaviours of movie characters.The ending is especially unsatisfying with some seriousinconsistencies.It does however end on a high note, even if it had to make someblunders to get there. Nonetheless a decent horror flick with little tonone gore and a couple of scares. Superficial, but doesn't fullydeliver its promises.
Nora Zehetner as Christy, a young psychotic who returns to her childhood home for the funeral of a family friend. Haunted by the memory of her sister, and guilt over her death, she experiences either violent delusions or post-cognitive visions.
In Edgemont, Montana, the teenager Christy Wescot (Nora Zehetner) isvery connected to her beloved sister Vanessa Locke (Carly Pope). On herfourteenth birthday, Christy asks Vanessa to drive her convertible car,but she has a car accident, hits a rock and is thrown off the seat;however Vanessa is trapped in the car that explodes and she survivesdisfigured and totally burnt. Christy is sent to Pine Bluff PsychiatricCare Center for treatment while her sister is treated by her husbandDr. John Locke (Matthew Settle) at home with the assistance of thenurse Claire Wells (Eliza Norbury). When Vanessa has a heart attack anddies, Christy has a breakdown in the funeral service telling that hersister is alive in the coffin. Then she moves to California for thepre-med, but is haunted by nightmares and weird visions. When thecaretaker of the family Joseph (Don S. Davis) dies six years later,Christy returns to Edgemont for the funeral and has a cold reception byJohn and his mother. However, her niece Amy (Jessica Amlee) that isafraid of "dark things" behind the walls of the house asks her to stayin the town for a couple of days and Christy's friend Debbie (NicoleAnderson) welcomes and lodger her in her house. Christy has mysteriousblackouts with strange visions and decides to investigate the death ofher sister that she believes had been buried alive, disclosing a darksecret, while the locals believe she has borderline personalitydisorder."Beneath" is labeled of horror, but it is actually a thriller with sometouches of supernatural mysteries. The intriguing story and thecharacters are well-developed, the acting is above average and in theend "Beneath" is not a masterpiece but a good movie and worthwhileseeing. My vote is seven.Title (Brazil): "Sombra da Morte" ("Shadow of the Death")
This review is from: Beneath (DVD) i had really low expectations going in to this movie.mainly because of the words MTV films appearing on the screen.so i was really surprised at how well done this psychological suspense thriller was.i found it very atmospheric,and suspenseful.there weren't a lot of cheap scares.it was intelligent,and well written,in my opinion.the ending was unexpected.i was also very impressed with the acting.Nora Zehetner as Christy was very good,but Matthew Settle as John really impressed.basically,my opinion of MTV films went up several notches after this film was over.for me,Beneath is a well deserved 4/5
Not bad. Not bad at all. I must admit, an original little film, withoriginal little story. Not a big film, but very good job at thisbudget. You just have to watch this film. It is pretty scary on somemoments, It has a fine atmosphere, claustrophobic looks, and somestrange dark colors... There's nothing special to talk about this film,it's just OK! Nora Zehetner was good in this film, and other actors dida great job. Camera is good, script is OK, make up - excellent! Ending- wow!The very beginning of the film is very interesting, it shows you thestory. You feel the guilt and the hate towards the leading character,the sadness and strangeness also. But, Christy (Nora Zehetner) has gonetoo deep in the dark secret. And now, she must discover - what isreally happening here. I recommend this! Watch it!