I read a review of this that sounded good, so I thought I’d check it out. I ran to Wal-Mart and grabbed a 4-movie pack that had this movie in it for only $5. Thank you, Sam Walton.
As it turns out, this movie was highly mediocre.
The premise is what made the movie interesting. A madman made a movie. After said madman watched it in a mental institution years later, everyone ended up dead, and the madman escaped. Five years later, the movie (The Dark Beneath) was being shown for the first time since the incident, in a little run-down theater at midnight. The movie itself pretty much looks like a rip-off of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, with elements of Psycho thrown in for good measure. Before too long, strange things start happening, and the handful of people watching the movie begin to realize that the killer is somehow escaping the confines of the screen and killing people in the theater. So, basically, the theater turns into a horror movie, and the patrons are the victims.
Like I said, it was an interesting premise. The slasher genre seems like a hard one to do something different with, but this movie manages to do it. The acting and script weren’t great (which is a huge understatement), which made the set-up pretty rough to get through. But the inventiveness of the plot was enough to carry the movie once it got going.
It wasn’t a great movie, but it added something new to the genre, and that’s always cool. I can definitely recommend it, but it’s more of a, “Check it out if you get a chance,” rather than a, “You need to watch this movie now,” recommendation.
Slaughter Night (SL8N8)
We were looking for a movie to watch after Midnight Movie. I had added this one to my instant queue a week or so earlier, so we decided to check it out. It’s called Slaughter Night, and the girl on the front was covered in blood (and was also fairly attractive). What could go wrong?
A lot. A lot could go wrong. First of all, that girl on the cover doesn’t appear in the movie. At all. Second of all, it was awful.
There was a long set-up having to do with a 19th century child murderer somewhere in Denmark (which is where the movie was filmed and set). The cops tracked him down and killed him outside of the mine in which he operated. Fast-forward to present day, and there is a girl who gets in a car wreck with her father. He father (who had been studying this child killer) dies. She becomes intrigued with the case, and decides to go to the mine with her friends, because…well, I don’t know why. Fun, I guess?
They go into the mine, where the spirit of the child killer is still roaming about. He surfaces, and people start getting killed.
I think that’s what happened, anyway. After about 40 minutes, we came to the conclusion that the movie was terrible and boring, so we decided to fast forward it until it looked like something interesting was happening. We stopped a couple of times, but even the scenes where someone was getting killed seemed boring.
In other words, don’t see this movie.