Sam (Lauren Watson) and Jason (Jamie Temple) drive out into the country
in the exact middle of nowhere to pay a visit to her sister and family -
and are rather surprised to find exactly noone there. Anyways, they decide
to make the best of things and take a swim in the nearby pond. Upon
getting out though, Jason finds a weird worm has attached itself to Sam,
which he quickly brushes off. Then she discovers a worn has - pretty much
bore a hole into Jason's leg and entered it. And it's still alive in
Back at the house, Sam bandages Jason and they decide the thing
to do is to wait for her sister, she'll know what to do. But sister
doesn't come, Jason's leg gets worse, and he starts to see blood and
attacks Sam at random moments (in his clearer moments though he can
finally bring himself to say he loves her).
Eventually, Jason and Sam
find the dead body of her sister in the basement. When they want to call
for help though, they discover all the phonelines are dead, cellphones
aren't working, and the car won't start. So they're stuck - and out of
common sense, Jason suggests to carry Sam's sister's body out of the
house, and drop her next to the pond, actually. Later discovers the
probably last homemovie her sister has ever made, a homemovie that shows a
monster attack next to the pond they had just dropped sister at. Sam
returns to the pond to find sister gone.
Upon returning to the house,
Sam finds Jason in tears, as he confesses he has actually sabotaged the
phone and car and God knows what else - thing is, he has found evidence
for this but no memory. Once again he tells her he loves her, but then he
changes and becomes a monster ... and now Sam finds herself on the run
from the man she loves, and her only clue on how to defend herself is that
the creature fears light ...
Though From Beneath never
tries to hide its genre roots, it's not so much your typical monstermovie
but relies much more on the tension of its situation - two characters
pretty much stranded at a secluded spot - and the strength of its two
characters/actors ... and the film works quite fine because of that,
replacing sensationalism with subtlety for the most time, before
everything erupts in an extended and quite exciting finale. Also, other
than most monstermovies, From Beneath doesn't lose itself in
pseudo-scientific yet silly explanations about the origins of the monsters
at hand, instead puts its money on suspense - to great effect!
cool movie, actually!