Christy (Zehetner) returns to her hometown years after a car accident that disfigured her older sister. Haunted by the accident in which she was the driver, she learns that her worst nightmares have either come true ... or are about to.
MTV Films makes a foray into the teen-oriented horror market with Beneath, an unremarkable but certainly not unlikable chiller about a young woman (Nora Zehetner from Heroes and Everwood) plagued by nightmares about her deceased sister. Said sibling (Carly Pope) perished years before in a fiery car wreck (caused in part by Zehetner's character), but constant visions of hands scratching at a coffin lid have the younger woman convinced otherwise. With the help of Pope's daughter, Zehetner investigates the truth behind her sister's death, which may lie at the heart of her husband's creepy, labyrinthine mansion. Veteran horror fans won't find anything new in first-time director Dagen Merrill's blend of haunted house scares and premonition thrills, but younger viewers will undoubtedly find Beneath suitably spooky at their next get-together (parents should know that the R rating is somewhat inflated and applies only to some mild violence and disturbing images). -- Paul Gaita