Rescuers open a collapsed mine, see lots of blood and one of them exclaims, "I see a survivor". Then, we go to four days earlier. Samantha Marsh is visiting her father, George (Jeff Fahey of LOST, BODY PARTS), who is retiring from his coal miner job. She's now a lawyer and his hard work had put her through college. They party at a bar the first night, then the next day--her father's last day-- she decides to go with them down into the coal mines. This is a mistake. While six-hundred feet below the surface two workers break into another chamber, which starts a collapse. They make contact with the phone but it's going to be three days before a rescue. In the meantime they have a trailer sized pressure chamber down there, equipped with a CO2 scrubber and oxygen and water. They just have to wait it out. Until they hear something outside and decide to investigate. Is it another survivor or something else that lives in the mine?
While her father and the men investigate Sam stays behind with an old timer who broke his leg--and she starts hallucinating, seeing him as this disturbing looking zombie. Others begin seeing things as well. They all explore and come across that hole the miners came across--and one guy goes in and never comes out. Another is horribly injured when the digging machinery comes back on. They all go through this crack--which leads to another tunnel and an old mining operation from the 1920's. They realize this is from "The 19", a group of miners who were caved in long ago. Have some of them survived and are trying to attack them?
BENEATH is a claustrophobic thriller that keeps you guessing as to what's really going on. Is there a real threat? Is some type of gas making them all crazy? Is it supernatural? There are some excellent special effects and great production value. Recommended.