Beneath: An Underwater Nightmare of Survival
“Beneath” (2013) is a suspenseful horror thriller that plunges its characters into a fight for survival in the depths of a lake. Directed by Larry Fessenden, the film delivers a chilling tale that combines creature-feature tropes with psychological horror.
Plot and Content
The film centers around a group of six recently graduated high school friends who decide to spend their last day together rowing across a seemingly placid lake. However, beneath the calm surface lurks a massive, man-eating fish.
As the day progresses, their rowboat is attacked by the creature, causing a hole and leaving them stranded in the middle of the lake. As they grapple with the perilous situation, personal resentments, hidden secrets, and survival instincts come to the surface, adding a psychological dimension to the physical threat.
Style and Reception
“Beneath” combines a classic creature-feature setup with a psychological exploration of human nature under extreme stress. Fessenden’s direction creates a palpable sense of tension and suspense, amplified by the confined setting and the lurking aquatic threat.
However, the film’s reception was mixed. Some critics appreciated the film’s blend of horror and psychological thriller elements, along with its attempt to delve into the characters’ personal dynamics. Others, however, felt that the film’s execution fell short, particularly in terms of character development and believability.
“Beneath” presents a chilling tale of survival against a monstrous threat, set against the backdrop of personal conflicts and betrayals. While it may not redefine the horror genre, it provides a decent dose of suspense and tension for fans of creature-features and survival thrillers.
Ratings: Not Rated
Running time: 90 minutes
Director: Larry Fessenden
Screenplay: Tony Daniel, Brian D. Smith
Release Date: July 16, 2013
Genre: Horror, Thriller
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