BENEATH (2013) Reviews and overview

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‘They’re only friends on the surface.’

Beneath is a 2013 American horror film edited and directed by Larry Fessenden from a screenplay written by Tony Daniels and Brian Smith. The movie stars Daniel Zovatto, Bonnie Dennison and Chris Conroy.



Six high school seniors celebrating with day’s excursion find themselves on a rowing boat attacked by man-eating fish and must decide who must be sacrificed as they fight their way back to shore…

The film had its world premiere at the Stanley Film Festival on May 3, 2013, and later aired on the Chiller channel.




“Beneath has its tone meter calibrated a little too far into serious territory when it would have benefited from a slier wink of black comedy.  The film is only as good as it needs to be for a rubber water monster movie on Chiller TV when clearly the actors and the production are better than the script that they have to work with.” Culture Crypt

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Beneath is just a mess of a film, and whether or not you find it entertaining is dependent entirely on your ability to find humor in the failings of others. Am I being too harsh? Maybe. But the primary antagonist is a giant wall-eyed tigerfish so take from that what you will.” Dread Central

“The standard slasher movie set-up has only been a half-hour lead-in to get us to where Fessenden wants the film to go […] the film becomes less a monster movie and more like one of the containment dramas of the last few years where filmmakers seemed to be competing amongst themselves as to how small a space they could set a film…” Moria

” …every glimpse of the sawtoothed über-bass, which is fabulously, defiantly, hilariously analog, comes off as a salute to the Creature From the Black Lagoon. Beneath may be an earnest goof, but any intended irony is so spiked with rainy-day-matinee movie love that the result is an oddly guileless horror exercise, unscary but rather adorable.” The Village Voice

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