One lake. One boat. One killer fish. Let the feast begin. We’re check out the new to Blu-ray chiller "Beneath" out now from Shout! Factory’s horror division Scream Factory. We go fishing below!
Grade: 2 1/2
Cast: Daniel Zovatto, Bonnie Dennison, Mark Margolis
Director: Larry Fassenden
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 90 minutes
Release Company: Shout! Factory Home Entertainment
The Flick: What plays out like a cross between "Lifeboat" and The Raft segment from "Creepshow 2" is decent enough for a bad creature chiller, but there’s just not enough fun here. Told with a very somber "12 Angry Men"-esk tone via helmer Larry Fassenden, "Beneath" has the horror, the gore and the gamey scares, but forgets to let the audience in on the B-Movie joy. What's left is a flick with a creepy yet goofy looking fish that nobody seems to be enjoying. I say they should have embraced that creature for the large eyeball bastard that he is - a big dopey fish is a terrible thing to waste.
Best Feature: The full length 'Commentary' by the ever-calm Fassenden and Sound Designer Graham Reznick on everything from influences to casting is a decent listen.
Best Hidden Gem: Nice to see "Equalizer" regular Mark Margolis here playing a mean old guy guarding the lake.
Worth the Moola: Again its got slice and dice and human turmoil, but if you’re looking for fun you may need a few drinks first.