Beneath the Dark

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Beneath the Dark
Directed byChad Feehan
Written byChad Feehan
The Fort
Distributed byIFC Films
Release dates
  • March 13, 2010 (2010-03-13) (SXSW)
  • November 5, 2010 (2010-11-05) (United States)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States

Beneath the Dark is a 2010 American mystery-thriller film directed by Chad Feehan, and starring Josh Stewart, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Chris Browning.

It was originally titled Wake[1] and was inspired by the novel The Shining.[2]


Driving to a wedding in Los Angeles through the Mojave desert, Paul and Adrienne pull off the highway and into Roy's Motel and Café. This roadside rest stop proves to be a strange and surreal place with an unsettling mix of travelers, who force the couple to discover a hidden secret.



The film was previewed at the South by Southwest film festival on March 13, 2010. It was released as direct-to-video in multiple regions throughout 2010 and 2011, but was also made available in theaters in Australia on October 31, 2011.[3]


The New York Times reviewed the film as "Airless, tortuous and broody to a fault", explaining that "there are lots of reasons why horror filmmakers keep checking their characters into seedy motels... but not even the Bates Motel itself could save the mess that is 'Beneath the Dark.'"[4]

The Hollywood Reporter noted that it was "defeated by the convoluted story line, sluggish pacing and a general 'been there, seen that' feeling induced by the proceedings. Although boasting strongly atmospheric visuals and effective performances, [it] never rises above a general level of murkiness."[5]


  1. ^ Barton, Steve (2012-09-28). "A New Clip from The Bay Needs Some Help". Dread Central. Archived from the original on 2013-10-30.
  2. ^ Miska, Brad (2010-03-12). "SXSW '10: Trailer for 'Shining' Inspired 'Wake'". Bloody Disgusting. Archived from the original on 2017-08-27.
  3. ^ "Beneath the Dark (2010) - IMDb". IMDb.
  4. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (2010-11-04). "A Motel Stay Leads to Creepy Happenings". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2013-05-13.
  5. ^ Scheck, Frank (2010-11-12). "Beneath the Dark – Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2021-01-27.

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