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What Lies Below

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violent horror/thriller about creepy new boyfriend.

Movie NR 2021 87 minutes
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In the horror tradition, What Lies Below leaves plenty unexplained -- but to some degree, that's the point. It almost feels unreasonable to ask that horror movie plots make sense. A shimmering orangey light glows beneath a lake as the action begins, suggesting that things of an otherworldly nature are sure to follow. And, in that respect, the film delivers. Add the first notes of typical horror movie music, and you know in your bones from the earliest moments that we've either got a case of the supernatural, the undead, or aliens lurking somewhere and up to no good.

But no such promise is made about originality. This film has much in common with the far better, far creepier Rosemary's Baby and, to some degree, Get Out. But that's forgivable, as horror movies are rarely expected to serve up anything that hasn't been done before. Horvath epitomizes the sulky teen, and Suvari resonates as the kind of mom most people would be unlikely to want. Tucker overcomes his Hollywood good looks to nail, uh, whatever it is that he's supposed to be. Don't miss the movie's brief reference to the unhealthy sodium levels in canned soda -- but think of that as a teaser, not a spoiler.

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