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New York Times:
Someone involved with "Beneath the Darkness" has either watched too many horror movies or not enough.
A bore sprinkled with hints of hilarity, soon to be buried like so many of its characters.
Los Angeles Times:
At times it seems the simple ineptitude of "Beneath the Darkness" surely must mask some undercurrent of deeper sophistication and intention on behalf of the filmmakers. Alas, as it turns out, such things never surface.
The screenplay gets nothing out of the claustrophobic terror of being locked up in that narrow grave, and the "mystery" is obvious from the start.
New York Daily News:
[Quaid] needs to resist hamming it up in Z-movies like "Beneath the Darkness," which are beneath him and pretty much everyone else.
New York Post:
Even Dennis Quaid's uncharacteristic hamming as a mad mortician in a small Texas town can't save this silly, scare-free horror film...
New York Observer:
You anticipate every scene before it happens and figure out every secret before it's revealed.
A malformed, would-be horror shocker with a deliriously deranged performance by Dennis Quaid, who unfortunately seems to be the only one onboard who thinks he's in a comedy.
Doesn't even have the pulse-pounding excitement of a second-tier Scooby-Doo mystery.