While the make-up FX and visuals in this film were extremely ambitious, BENEATH STILL WATERS manages to take a unique plot and convolutes it with numerous inconsistencies topped by bland acting. A small town's secrets are buried under a wall of water when a damn opens its gates and floods the cursed city below. Forty years later, the ancient evil as awoken, and the Satanic plague is unleashed upon a new generation of victims. The film is very odd, because it starts off with a creature similar to the ooze in CREEPSHOW 2, then there is a skeletal beast that haunts the damn, but neither seem to have anything to do with the central villain Mordecai that is attempting to open the gates of hell from beneath the sunken city. At first glance, the film benefits from Horror vet Brian Yuzna's stylish eye, it just doesnt back up the visuals with any substance. It also lacks a linear narrative, and jumps back and forth between competing storylines with several of the characters, none of which are particularly interesting or relatable. Despite its flaws, there are still enough elements in the film that work to draw the audience in, even if there is no payoff in the end. Worth a least a single view!
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