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BENEATH THE DARK: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Tired and road weary, young lovers Paul (Josh Stewart) and Adrienne (Jamie-Lyn Sigler) on their way to a Los Angeles wedding, pull over at Roy's, a roadside motel for some rest. When Paul breaks off their impromptu love making and goes to get a coffee, strange and surreal events begin to unfold with an unsettling mix of travelers leading them down a path of tense and emotionally charged experiences as a terrible secret from Paul's past has threatening consequences.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
The motel thriller is a trusty genre, but Chad Feehan freely reinterprets the rules by loading it up with supernatural elements. At first, we are confused as characters appear in different guises, but by the revelation of the story's double-sided nature, it's evident that Feehan is looking for a redemption story within the genre essentials.

Josh Stewart and Jamie-Lyn Sigler are both excellent as the young lovers caught up in what appears to be an engineered judgement day for Paul. Chris Browning as Frank and Angela Featherstone as his wife Sandy turn in powerful performances, and Afemo Omilami exudes authority as The Man. The large gold bolo in his black collar is his badge of otherworldliness.

There are three kinds of sex scenes, one of which is crucial to the entire premise; you'll know which one that is. They are well directed and shot.

The setting of the remote Roy's motel - better appointed than most that are used in such films - is well utilised across the story's broken time frames, and all the technicals are well executed for a seamless finish.

Although the cinematic sleight of hand doesn't quite come off, if you enjoy supernatural thrillers and don't mind being a bit confused at times, you'll get a kick out of a visit to Roy's - where it's always 6 o'clock.

April 19, 2012

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Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

BENEATH THE DARK: DVD (MA15+)
(US, 2010)

CAST: Jamie-Lyn Sigler, Josh Stewart, Chris Browning, Angela Featherstone, Afemo Omilami, Trevor Morgan, Christopher Gessner, Robert Maxhimer, Jeannetta Arnetta

PRODUCER: Chad Feehan, Amanda Micaleff

DIRECTOR: Chad Feehan

SCRIPT: Chad Feehan

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jason Blount

EDITOR: Michael Griffin

MUSIC: Daniel Licht

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Manuel Perez Pena

RUNNING TIME: 102 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 2.0

SPECIAL FEATURES: n/a

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Third Millennium Ent

DVD RELEASE: April 13, 2012







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