Beneath the Darkness

January 6th 2012
  • Suspense/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 96 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Dennis Quaid, Tony Oller, Aimee Teegarden, Stephen Lunsford, Devon Werkheiser, Brett Cullen, Dahlia Waingort, Wilbur Penn, Amber Bartlett, Sydney Barrosse, Conrad Gonzales, David Christopher, Gabriel Folse, Melody Chase, Cameron Banfield, Cheryl Chin, Richard Dillard, Timothy Fall, Connor James, Steve Larkin, Helen Ingham, John Blenn, Davi Jay, Chris Winter
  • Director: Martin Guigui
  • Writer: Bruce Wilkinson
  • Producer: Ronnie D. Clemmer
  • Co Producer: Brett Cullen
  • Associate Producers: Maria Norman, Aimee Teegarden
  • Executive Producers: Scott Mednick, Bruce Wilkinson
  • Castings: Dean E. Fronk, Donald Paul Pemrick
  • Costume Design: Amy Maner
  • D.O.P.: Massimo Zeri
  • Editor: Eric Potter
  • Makeup: Jacenda Burkett
  • Music: Geoff Zanelli
  • Production Design: Christopher Stull
  • Set Decoration: Bart Brown


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But since the tragic death of his wife two years earlier, Ely has withdrawn from his neighbors, while local teens spread stories of supernatural goings on at Ely's mansion - which is also the funeral home.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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Texas, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Some violence and language
  • Production Budget: $7.3 million
  • Production Companies: BTDARK, Sunset Pictures
  • Production Schedule: 20 November 2010 - 19 December 2010

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2012 Guide Analysis: "A $7 million Texas-shot horror indie being shuffled out early in the year, Dennis Quaid turns up the crazy as a respected small town hero and mortician who has the nasty habit of burying people alive and playing around with corpses. A cast of unknown actors as good looking school students stumble upon his hobby, and of course no-one believes them. It's direct-to-video shlock hoping to catch horror fans who've shown they can come out in force early in the New Year. It probably won't earn much, but then again it doesn't have to."

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