Beneath

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Christy (Nora Zehetner) is still haunted by the death of her sister Vanessa (Carly Pope), who was severely burned in a car accident. Vanessa let her sister drive for a while, when a tragic chain of events led to a crash and Vanessa suffered intense burns all over her body. She would die six months later, but at her funeral, Christy caused a huge scene and she swore her sister was still alive inside the casket. After years of therapy and medication, she is able to cope somewhat, but still has nightmares about her sister’s death. When a family friend passes on, she returns to her hometown, only to have visions of death and violence. These visions begin to come true, as those close to Vanessa start to turn up dead. Christy tries to delve deeper into her sister’s death, but will she learn the truth or just cause more pain?

This movie runs about eighty minutes, including lengthy opening and closing credits. I’ve seen movies pad the duration, but ten minutes of credits is a bit much, even for thin material. I am glad the running time was so short however, as Beneath was a movie I didn’t want to spend another minute on. This is an MTV films release and I believe it, as this is as vapid and rapid fire as the music videos the network is famous for. I just never really cared about this movie at all, despite my diehard love for horror. The story is thin and the hallucinations are poorly executed, which kills the pace at times. Not to mention the lame twists and terrible conclusion, so Beneath is just a loss in all aspects. Even with only about seventy minutes of actual movie, this was a chore to endure, so I can’t even recommend a rental.

Video: How does it look?

Beneath is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. I saw no evidence of print wear or damage, which is how it should be, given the quick move from production to disc. The colors here look a little reserved, but that is intentional and as such, no worries on that end. I was pleased to find contrast is top notch also, which very sharp black levels and high detail at all times. This is a clean, sharp presentation that should please all viewers, terrific work on all fronts.

Audio: How does it sound?

The included Dolby Digital 5.1 option is based in the front channels most of the time, but often moves to the back for the musical soundtrack, as well as some well placed sound effect presence. I wouldn’t call this track immersive, but the background noise is well done and adds to the experience, to be sure. The dialogue is always clean and well balanced too, so you won’t have to fiddle with the volume controls here. All in all, a solid soundtrack. This disc also includes subtitles in English and Spanish.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes no bonus materials.

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