Another film which had vastly more potential than was actually produced, the 2013 Larry Fessenden (Wendigo, The Last Winter) directed, "Beneath" was a disappointing 90 minutes, forcing viewers into a claustrophobic cruise with six irritatingly arrogant actors.
Revolving around the stereotypical party camping high school graduates, "Beneath" captures viewers attention and holds us there for maybe 20 minutes maximum, abruptly followed with the film being exposed in it's true colors.
And those colors run bland and as dull as they come. Ridiculous dialogue matched with a couple of visually unattractive leading ladies was only the beginning. The over dramatic scenarios that sprung up out of thin air gave viewers no real reasons to be emotionally tied to the characters, aside from the cliché tone and phrases that everyone is used to hearing on and off the screen, and even then the actors are unbelievable.
Aside from Daniel Zovatto (Johnny) the main cast was rubbish, from their looks down to their acting talents and delivery. The script was not far behind that, followed by a mediocre at best directing effort.
What saved "Beneath" from being a total loss in my opinion, was that the monster was not computer generated. Instead it was a full fledged, old-school, how it should be done, proper machine monster. So I do give incredible amounts of respect for that aspect along with the execution of Mark Margolis and his miniscule role as Mr. Parks.
With that being said, "Beneath" shows the man eating creature in the lake way too early and way too often, most times in the wrong context or sequence. As mentioned before, with this portion of the film, the potential was much higher than what we get with the final product.
I recommend this film to hardcore B-Horror movie fans and viewers that don't mind some stupidity and ignorance in their films. However I only recommend it be given a try, if you don't like "Beneath" once it reaches about the 40 minute mark, go ahead and turn it off.