The Dark Below (2015) Movie Review

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2015 | Thriller
75 minutes /

User Score: 54/100

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The Dark Below Review


A woman struggles for survival beneath a frozen lake while a serial killer stalks her from the surface.

The Dark Below (2015) is an American thriller horror movie that touched me and made me emotional to see how monstrous humans can be. Director, producer and co-writer Douglas Schulze (Mimesis (2011), Dark Fields (2009), Dark Heaven (2002)) did a great job executing this survivalist horror movie. Douglas excels at making this movie a wonderful piece with just focusing on one key actor. It is a movie that should be seen by most females that have abusive husbands. The messages in the movie can be portrayed in many ways, and it all depends on the person and how they think.

The Dark Below revolves around Rachel (Lauren Mae Shafer - Mimesis (2011), Secrets in the Walls (2010), One. Of. Five. (2011)) being trapped in a frozen lake. She was in that frozen lake for almost the whole movie, and I cannot imagine myself filming for such a long period in that bone-chilling weather. I was shocked that the whole movie was shot in the freezing sub-zero temperatures. Ben (David G.B. Brown - The Ark of the Witch (2014), Dark Fields (2009), Somewhere in Between (2010)) drugged and choked Rachel. He then dragged her to the ice dive site, gave her some scuba gear and forced her underneath to die, but he tried to make it appear as an accident. Rachel is trying to escape the water, and we see her life flashes back through time and we get a grasp of what her relationship was like with Ben. We learned from her flashbacks that Ben is a really awful person that treated her bad repeatedly throughout their marriage.

I would recommend all horror fans to see this movie because it has a very beautiful message hidden within it, and it shows how one female fought to stay alive. Be warned, the movie contained little dialog but still was very entertaining and suspenseful to watch. Lauren Mae Shafer did a wonderful part with her performance and should win an award for this. The sound effect was not up to standards, but it was overall okay. The set and scenery was good. See this movie whenever you can but I think everyone will have a different input on the movie.

About The Dark Below 2015

Title: The Dark Below
Year: 2015
Runtime: 75 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.65/5 stars from 13 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 13
Starring: Veronica Cartwright, Tiffany Burns, Lauren Mae Shafer, Seraphina Anne, David G.B. Brown, Zachary Levine, Seraphina Anne Zorn, Zachary Beck, Lucie Gillespie

Douglas Schulze, Jonathan D'Ambrosio

Director: Douglas Schulze