Conclusion: Most of 'Under the Bed' is too tame, dull, and simplistic to appeal toward a mature audience, and the rest of it is too inexplicably gory to be appropriate for younger viewers. With a total lack of imagination or tonal cohesion, this is simply a head scratching attempt at indie horror. The video transfer has some impressive elements but does suffer from noticeable artifacting, and while not terribly nuanced, the audio mix bolsters the flick's cheap scares well.
Excerpt: Indiscriminately stitched together from the carcasses of horror films past, Steven C. Miller's spooker relocates one of the mutants from It's Alive III: Island of the Alive to the scariest place for a nightlight-dependent preadolescent outside of the closet and pits the thing against two brothers equipped with the ingenuity one might glean from a double bill of Poltergeist and The Gate .
Excerpt: Steven C. Miller’s Under The Bed does not try and re-invent genre horror. It updates fear of what lies in the dark under a child’s bed for twenty-first century audiences, in an engaging and stylish manner. Under The Bed manages to avoid many pitfalls common to current horror films, deftly telling a suspenseful and scary story with two young boys as main protagonists in a battle with forces of darkness.
Excerpt: At some point or another as kids we’ve experienced either the fear of the dark, what lurks in the closet, or perhaps the dread of what awaits under the bed. As adults most view these fears we had as children as impractical, but for those of us who remember these fears, the possibility of what terrors awaited us come nightfall was something very real. Sure, mom or dad would check the room to assure us there was nothing there, but we knew better.
Summary: The only suspenseful element in director Steven C. Miller's Under the Bed is whether the evil presence attacking two brothers will turn out to be an actual creature or a psychological manifestation they've generated in response to some sort of trauma. Unfortunately—and I don't feel that I'm giving away anything important here—the script by aspiring writer Eric Stolze never answers the question, trying to have the best of both worlds while delivering a few mechanical...