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  • Directors: David Doucette
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: New Horizon Films
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2014
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E9JIJHO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,143 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jason is bitten by a strange organism while on vacation with his girlfriend at her family cabin. The bite begins a transformation in Jason, and now the couple must race against time to figure out is happening to him and why their hosts have mysteriously gone missing… In the vein of 'Cabin in the Woods' and 'The Bay'.

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Gets under your skin and into your head --videoviews.org

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not even 'amusing' bad 5 Feb. 2014
By Jared M. Stander - Published on Amazon.com
Wow, where to even start.

The dialog is extremely canned and often read just as if off a sheet of paper and with poor timing. Ever so often, after some mock arguing, one of the characters will look at the other and just say "I love you" out of nowhere. Ultra-campy synth keys will play and they'll kiss. These scenes are so robotic and without feeling they reaches uncanny valley levels.

The music is sometimes OK, if a little canned, but aside from the terrible synth piano, there is also this irritating guitar strum that permeates the movie. We get it. Your friend's rock band told you they could totally do the music for your movie.

The decisions make are laughable at best, including just wandering around strange property of a relative without them being home and going swimming for approximately a minute in a small pond whose water quality is unknown and hidden so far back in the property that it may not even belong to Sam's sister. After this, when Jason's leg gets a parasite in it and looks gruesome and infected with striking black lines along his arteries from the second day, their plan mostly involves sleeping and gently bickering while making no attempt to get Jason any real medical help. Indeed, the majority of the movie is filmed in the yard of the house and in the living room as the two alternatively attempt to brew contrived suspense and sleep. Yes, this movie has a lot of sleeping. other gems include sleeping in a house with a corpse, again, while making little effort to get help, running into a dead-end basement to escape a pursuer, and later hiding in another enclosed outdoor shed to again escape the same pursuer who easily traps the victim there.

It also suffers from some of the worst horror movie clichés of all time, including, dead phones, a mysteriously breaking car, and everything being explain by the use of secret government/evil corporation experimental toxic chemicals. Although the movie half-heartedly attempts to explain some of these problems, it's underwhelming. Mixed in for good measure are irritating inconsistencies in the writing, such as the varying degrees of Jason's aversion to light as he transforms. Sometimes the sun just irritates him. Sometimes a simple 40w bulb will burn him. However, another room and hallway lit with a 40w bulb, moonlight, and outdoor floodlights do nothing to him later, while a flashlight still burns his skin and causes him a great deal of pain. At some point, after Sam has burned Jason with light from a light bulb and sees him his skin cook, she has a meaningless series of flashbacks linked together in which she pieces together that Jason is sensitive to light. The point of this is beyond me. There is also the fact that although Sam's sister's entire family never left, they leave behind no vehicle, leading me to wonder how they even moved into the house in the first place.

There is a twist ending of sorts, but in order to explain why the ending is so bad I need to revisit the classic twist. A great twist ending is usually an ending which is hinted at by subtle but very easily overlooked clues in the story that encourage a re-watch to spot. An at least OK twist ending in a horror movie may provide a cheap jump scare. This ending is less of a twist and more of a non-sequitur that has little to no context in the scope of the movie. In fact, based on what we see during the film, it doesn't even seem possible and the last scene left me more skeptical and confused than anything else.

The only thing from beneath about this movie is the genuinely interesting idea, which is buried under poor writing, bad camera work, and a greasy film of low-budget, standard definition messiness. Lauren Watson, based on her other castings, seems to be a fairly competent actress, so maybe she just got a raw deal. I would have liked to see more emphasis on Jason's infestation and a payoff shots of the creature, but as it stands now, it's not worth the time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
tedious amateur filmmaking... 11 April 2013
By trebe - Published on Amazon.com
Whether intentional or not, From Beneath (2012) is reminiscent of a really badly made horror film from the 1970's. The story is weak, the acting is poor, the dialog is terrible, and image quality is not very good. As the characters continue to do ridiculous things, time loses meaning, in this very slowly paced tale. It soon becomes clear, that anyone expecting a decent story will be sorely disappointed. (Some spoilers follow)

Jason (Jaime Temple) and his girlfriend Sam (Lauren Watson), arrive at Sam's sister's house, located in an isolated area in British Columbia. No one seems to be at home, so the couple goes for a swim in a small pond, where some kind of wormlike creature enters Jason's leg. Through an unlikely chain of events, the couple is unable to call for help, and wind up staying at the house for days, as the injured Jason's condition continues to worsen.

While it may be a major personal accomplishment for writer and director David Doucette, to have made something out of so very little, unfortunately for horror fans, his first feature film offers little in the way of quality. The passage of time comes to have no meaning, as Sam and Jason drift along, in a series of disconnected scenes. Saying the most absurd things, the couple are neither believable nor likeable, and just seem incredibly inept. Some suspense is occasionally generated, but usually dissipates quickly, as the loss of either character, would essentially end the film. When one of the characters does finally perish, matters do quickly conclude, and in a rather predictable way.

Even Prime members who can see From Beneath for free, may still feel cheated by very disappointing effort. A two star rating might be too generous. Unless you are personally connected with this movie, there are probably much better ways to spend your time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Make certain not to swim make certain not to watch 18 Oct. 2013
By William Watts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I have just read several reviews on this film, in reading you would think that they were two seperate films. First the acting if you could call it that well,it sounds like the drivel they are spouting was written by someone with a disabillity and the two people in the film reading the lines like they were doing it off cue cards. I won't spoil a bad watch by revealing to much as why should I be one of the ones to suffer this horror of a movie (not horror movie)there was one saving grace with my copy and that was that it froze at the 52 min mark and saved me wasting anymore time on it. There are just so many rediculas things happenening in this movie it goes into my top ten stinkers for the year with ones such as the Mooring and Snowshark and many more the movie didn't cost an arm and a leg so with all the drama concerned with posting it back from overseas I wont bother so what happens (and I don't realy care) to these poor souls will reamain a mystery as will the reason to finance this mess is.
Al Watts
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Terrible 14 July 2013
By sam - Published on Amazon.com
To be quick about it.
The actors can't act, at all. They read and act like robots.
The movie isn't scary or suspenseful or tense or even interesting.
The soundtrack is AWFUL. It's not atmospheric, it never fits the mood, and it's just plain annoying. It's literally noise just droning on and on.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Lame Movie 9 July 2013
By ArtistSB - Published on Amazon.com
Very poorly filmed and acted. The plot could have been interesting but the style of filming and extremely poor acting really dragged done the product
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