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Six high school seniors celebrating with day's excursion find themselves on rowboat attacked by man-eating fish and must decide who must be sacrificed as they fight their way back to shore.

Actors: Mark Margolis , Mackenzie Rosman , Griffin Newman , Jonny Orsini , Chris Conroy , Bonnie Dennison , Daniel Zovatto
Directors: Larry Fessenden
Country: USA
Release: 2013-05-03
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  • Simon Abrams

    Ultimately, Beneath is better than your average Roger Corman clone because it is more serious than trivial. Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    Beneath may be an earnest goof, but any intended irony is so spiked with rainy-day-matinee movie love that the result is an oddly guileless horror exercise, unscary but rather adorable.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Sam Adams

    Although Fessenden does fine work shooting his equivalent of Lifeboat, the movie’s surface is often rough. Yet the title doesn’t just refer to what lurks in the lake’s still water. It’s a guide to where Beneath’s substance lies, the acid heart inside its plastic chest.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    As routine and undercooked as Beneath’s one-wet-corpse-after-another plot is, the movie is still breathtakingly beautiful at times, with compositions and color tones that resemble a high-class fashion-magazine layout circa 1965.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    Its stance toward every dipshit slasher and creature-horror flick that's come before it never feels less than casually hostile.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    That sly toying with audience sympathies is, alas, all that’s notable about this otherwise poverty-row quickie produced for the Chiller cable network.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Rooney

    Beneath gets capsized as much by its knuckleheaded script as by its somewhat risible giant flesh-eating fish.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Though the young actors...are appealing enough, you keep waiting for a boatful of humor to come along and rescue them. The whole film is a campy put-on, right? Apparently not.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    The well-crafted Beneath proves a taut, atmospheric if not especially deep thriller.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    Sparing with scares and judicious with gore, the director, Ben Ketai (working from a screenplay by Patrick J. Doody and Chris Valenziano), proves better at summoning atmosphere than developing characters.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    The film is impersonal and populated with wisps of characters who spend most of the running time wandering around in the dark yelling at one another.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Justin Lowe

    The reductionist plot eventually forces both the protagonists and the filmmakers into a blind shaft without a productive exit strategy.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    It’s hard to tell who’s who; it doesn’t really matter, because they’re all equally bland, and the threat these ciphers face is almost certainly nonexistent. It’s just about the perfect formula for tedium.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Calum Marsh

    Beneath exhausts the appeal of its thinly sketched characters almost as soon as they're trapped together in the mine's emergency bunker, and it isn't long before Ketai, tiring of human drama, turns instead toward the supernatural.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    When does a bad, cheap horror movie becomes something more offensively horrible? When it pegs its generic nonsense on real-life tragedy and becomes exploitation. Ben Ketai’s Beneath, not to be confused with the Larry Fessenden film of the same name from last year, is the kind of mediocrity one finds on The Movie Channel on a Saturday night and pretty easily dismisses. Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    It simply turns into another slash-and-dice horror flick, replete with enough screams for three more installments of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise.

    New York Observer Full Review
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