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From Within (2008)

  • Rate: 5.6/10 total 3,229 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 3 June 2009 (Philippines)
  • Runtime: 89 min
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From Within (2008)


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  • IMDb page: From Within (2008)
  • Rate: 5.6/10 total 3,229 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 3 June 2009 (Philippines)
  • Runtime: 89 min
  • Filming Location: Havre de Grace, Maryland, USA
  • Gross: $66,456(USA)(9 January 2009)
  • Director: Phedon Papamichael
  • Stars: Elizabeth Rice, Thomas Dekker and Kelly Blatz
  • Original Music By: Jason Cooper  Oliver Kraus   
  • Soundtrack: This Voice
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Suicide | Curse | Fire | Preacher | Underdog

Writing Credits By:

  • Brad Keene (written by)

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Claire suggests that Sean and Natalie killed themselves in a suicide pact "like Romeo & Juliet", Lindsay states that "Juliet drank poison, she didn't jam scissors into her neck." Juliet faked her death, pretending she drank poison. Romeo really did drink the poison (thinking Juliet dead); when he died, Juliet stabbed herself with his dagger.

    Plot: A small Maryland town is gripped by a curse which causes residents to take their own life one after another. Full summary » |  »

    Story: In a small Maryland town, the suicide of an outcast teenager triggers a string of violent suicides. These suicides seem to stem from a curse which spreads when any person, who witnesses the suicide, is possessed by an evil force that appears as the person's doppelganger that only they can see. A young teenager, named Lindsey, thinks there is a connection of the events to Aidan, the outcast brother of the first suicide case. But Lindsay must race against the clock when she witnesses her mother fall victim, and must try to find a way to stop the curse before it kills her too. Meanwhile the God-fearing townspeople, led by a fanatic preacher with a connection to the events also, form a vigilante group to take the law in their own hands.Written by matt-282  

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Josh Beane known as co-producer
    • Adrian Butchart known as producer (as Adrian Dylan Butchart)
    • Chris Gibbin known as producer
    • Brad Keene known as co-producer
    • Jonathan McCoy known as line producer
    • John Moshay known as executive producer
    • Bumble Ward known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Elizabeth Rice known as Lindsay
    • Thomas Dekker known as Aidan
    • Kelly Blatz known as Dylan
    • Laura Allen known as Trish
    • Adam Goldberg known as Roy
    • Margo Harshman known as Sadie
    • Rumer Willis known as Natalie
    • Britt Robertson known as Claire (as Brittany Robertson)
    • Steven Culp known as Pastor Joe
    • Jared Harris known as Bernard
    • Amanda Babin known as Molly
    • Michelle Babin known as Evil Molly
    • Candace Scholz known as Mary
    • David Ariniello known as Paul
    • Jamie Linck O'Brien known as Kelly (as Jamie O'Brien)
    • Caitlin Gold known as Julie
    • Mark A. Cummins known as Teacher (as Mark Cummins)
    • Jonathan Orcutt known as Sheriff Cooper
    • Bobby J. Brown known as Officer Dan
    • Jim Barbour known as Townsman (uncredited)
    • Larry Carter known as Teacher (uncredited)
    • Tim Colmus known as Neighbor (uncredited)
    • Kirk Curran known as HS Student (uncredited)
    • John Doty known as Paramedic (uncredited)
    • Paul Fahrenkopf known as Worshiper (uncredited)
    • Ponch Fenwick known as Townsmen (uncredited)
    • Shiloh Fernandez known as Sean (uncredited)
    • Tyler Gatton known as Neighbor Kid (uncredited)
    • John Hagy known as Church Parishoner (uncredited)
    • Pete Karas known as Worshiper (uncredited)
    • Amber Nelson known as Claire's Twin (uncredited)
    • Coley Speaks known as Townsperson (uncredited)
    • Tom Townsend known as Townsmen (uncredited)
    • Ben Weiner known as Extra at the School (uncredited)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Sandy Andrle Roffman known as key makeup artist (as Sandy Andrle)
    • Sandy Andrle Roffman known as special makeup effects artist (as Sandy Andrle)
    • Gina W. Bateman known as first assistant makeup artist (as Gina Bateman)
    • Sherri Bramlett known as hair department head
    • Charmaine Henninger known as first assistant hair stylist
    • Cheryl 'Pickles' Kinion known as first assistant makeup artist
    • Natasha Nava López known as makeup production assistant (as Natasha Lopez)

    Art Department:

    • Jamie Bishop known as on-set dresser
    • Marc Braun known as set dresser
    • Megan Chomskis known as art department production assistant
    • Joseph Timothy Conway known as property master (as Joseph T. Conway)
    • Joe Galitsky known as set dresser (as R. Joseph Galitsky)
    • Beth Grunder known as shopper
    • Jaimie Hastings known as painter
    • William Hendrick known as set dresser
    • Judy Kaczender known as mood boards
    • Eric Komala known as set dresser
    • Tommy McCutcheon known as set dresser
    • Tracey Oktavec known as painter
    • Daniel Phillips known as painter
    • Ellen Sara Popiel known as assistant property master
    • Miki Scholtes known as painter
    • Stephen G. Shifflette known as leadman
    • Kevin R. Stephens known as art department production assistant




    Production Companies:

    • Burgundy Films

    Other Companies:

    • Black Diamond Catering  catering
    • Buzz Factory, The  promotions
    • EMS Payroll  extras payroll (uncredited)
    • Eclipse Law  production legal
    • FotoKem  color
    • FotoKem  the producers wish to thank
    • Getty Images  footage supplied by
    • Maryland Film Office  the producers wish to thank
    • Panavision  camera equipment provided by
    • Panavision  the producers wish to thank
    • Pat Moran and Associates  casting: Baltimore
    • Rockbottom Rentals  cell phones and walkies (uncredited)
    • Rockbottom Rentals  junxion box rentals (uncredited)
    • Rosen Law Group  production legal
    • Truman Van Dyke Company  insurance
    • Widget Post Production  post-production sound services (as Widget Post)


    • Celsius Entertainment (2008) (Non-USA) (all media)
    • After Dark Films (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Cinestar (2009) (Philippines) (theatrical)
    • 21st Century Pictures (2010) (Australia) (DVD)
    • 21st Century Pictures (2010) (Australia) (video)
    • CatchPlay (2009) (Taiwan) (all media)
    • Cinemavault (2010) (Canada) (DVD)
    • Contender Entertainment Group (2009) (UK) (DVD)
    • E1 Entertainment (2009) (UK) (video)
    • Imagem Filmes Distribudiora (2009) (Brazil) (video)
    • Indies Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (retail)
    • Innoform Media (2009) (Singapore) (video)
    • Kinowelt Home Entertainment (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
    • LineTree (2008) (South Korea) (all media)
    • Lionsgate Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
    • Movie Bank (2009) (Belgium) (all media)
    • Movie Bank (2009) (Luxembourg) (all media)
    • Movie Bank (2009) (Netherlands) (all media)
    • Movie Bank (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (rental)
    • Movie Network Channels, The (2012) (Australia) (TV)
    • Odeon (2009) (Greece) (all media)
    • Paco Pictures (2011) (Italy) (all media)
    • Pioneer Films (2009) (Philippines) (all media)
    • Prime Pictures (2009) (United Arab Emirates) (all media)
    • Queen Imperial Films (2009) (Indonesia) (all media)
    • Rézo Films (2009) (France) (video)
    • SPI International (2010) (Hungary) (all media)
    • SPI International (2010) (Poland) (all media)
    • SPI International (2010) (Romania) (all media)
    • Svietko Entertainment (2009) (Armenia) (video)
    • Svietko Entertainment (2009) (Belarus) (video)
    • Svietko Entertainment (2009) (Russia) (video)
    • Telepool (2009) (Austria) (all media)
    • Telepool (2009) (Germany) (all media)
    • WEG Entertainment (2010) (India) (all media)
    • Özen Film (2009) (Turkey) (all media)



    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • Atomic Arts
    • Furious FX

    Visual Effects by:

    • Erika Abrams known as visual effects production accountant
    • John Baker known as cg artist
    • Bryan Chavez known as cg artist
    • Christine Cram known as digital painter
    • Erin M. Cullen known as rotoscope artist: Furious FX (as Erin Cullen)
    • Scott Dougherty known as visual effects executive producer: Furious FX
    • Krystine Lankenau known as rotoscope artist: Furious FX (as Kristine Lankenau)
    • David Lingenfelser known as executive visual effects supervisor: Furious Fx
    • Kevin Lingenfelser known as creative supervisor: Furious FX
    • Sean O'Connor known as compositor: Furious FX
    • Kim O'Donnell known as compositor: Furious FX (as Kim Pepe)
    • Chris Serenil known as computer services manager
    • Mark Shoaf known as cg supervisor: Furious FX
    • Tiffany Smith known as visual effects producer: Furious FX (as Tiffany A. Smith)
    • Tracy Takahashi known as visual effects producer: Furious FX
    • Justin Cornish known as visual effects supervisor: Atomic Arts (uncredited)
    • Henrik Jonsson known as digital effects artist: Atomic Arts (uncredited)
    • Anthar Kharana known as compositor: Atomic Arts (uncredited)
    • Brooke Lyndon-Stanford known as visual effects supervisor: Atomic Arts (uncredited)
    • Tony Neal known as digital effects artist: Atomic Arts (uncredited)

    Release Date:

    • USA 25 April 2008 (Tribeca Film Festival)
    • Canada 16 July 2008 (Fantasia Film Festival)
    • UK 24 August 2008 (Frightfest)
    • Greece 20 September 2008 (Athens Film Festival)
    • USA 9 January 2009 (After Dark Horrorfest)
    • USA 31 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Philippines 3 June 2009
    • UK 24 August 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Portugal 4 September 2009 (MOTELx Lisbon International Horror Film Festival)
    • Turkey 11 September 2009
    • France 17 February 2010
    • Brazil 1 May 2010
    • Netherlands 4 May 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • Czech Republic 14 October 2010
    • Poland 14 October 2010
    • Australia 20 October 2010
    • Italy 10 June 2011 (DVD premiere)

    MPAA: Rated R for violence, disturbing images and some language



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. Woobs
      30 Mar 2012, 6:32 pm

      I was lucky enough to see this movie at its premier at the Tribeca FilmFestival, and I must say that I truly enjoyed it. Normally, I am not ahuge fan of the horror film genre, but this film proved that it wasmuch more than a "put 10 people in a house, and kill them offone-by-one" flick. I found the story line interesting, thecinematography on-point, and the acting, especially that of ElizabethRice, excellent. Contrary to the previous person's review, I found thecast to be quite likable, and I also appreciated the occasional shotsof humor, particularly those from the visiting female cousin. One finalfacet of the movie that I thought was compelling was the musical score– very effective in contributing to the mood. IMHO, From Within isdefinitely worth seeing, and it should do very well when it is releasedfor general viewing.

    2. larry-411 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 6:32 pm

      Imagine if the award-winning cinematographer of the 2007 epic "3:10 toYuma" decided to direct his own film. With over 40 titles under hisbelt, Phedon Papamichael is one of the industry's icons. Well, imagineno more. In the Brad Keene-penned "From Within," which had its WorldPremiere here at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, Papamichael takes hisconsiderable expertise behind the camera and crafts an auspiciousdirectorial debut in the Hitchcock tradition.

      Something is amiss in Grovetown. The suicide in the opening scenetriggers a mystery which will bring teenagers Lindsay (Elizabeth Rice)and Aiden (Thomas Dekker) together in a quest for the truth, both aboutthe occurrences as well as themselves.

      The performances of Thomas Dekker ("Heroes," "Terminator: The SarahConnor Chronicles") and Elizabeth Rice ("Mad Men") are at the heart ofthe movie and it's their believability which makes this film soemotional and poignant. Dekker's frightening gaze and enigmaticdemeanor never lets up, in perfect contrast to Rice's innocence andvulnerability. Veteran Adam Goldberg (Roy), Rumer Willis (Natalie), andKelly Blatz (Dylan) are also standouts.

      "From Within" is technically brilliant. The use of single-pointlighting and color palette of blues and grays in interior scenes areespecially effective in enhancing the shadowy nature of the story, withsunset shots that would likely have been scuttled in a typicalHollywood movie. Here, the dim light works to the film's advantage. Thesound effects, along with the Jason Cooper and Oliver Kraus score, alsoplay a particularly distinct role here and are a major plus. As in anyfilm of this genre, visual effects are key and they are top-notch. Mostof all, though, the camera-work is simply breathtaking. Shot inwidescreen 2.35:1 aspect ratio, the chilling locations and copious useof POV shots enhance the Hitchcockian feel of "From Within" — nosurprise given the director's background.

      Although the film's first act leans toward horror, it soon becomesapparent that "From Within" is a story-driven psychological thrillermore than anything and doesn't need to rely on blood and gore, althoughthere's enough to please fans of the genre. The film's many twists andturns will hold audiences' interest right up to the closing credits. Acreepy tale with a strong message about religious extremism andtolerance make "From Within" more than just another gorefest. FromWithin is a solid thriller with enough suspense to keep the viewerguessing until the end.

    3. jimwestby from Norway
      30 Mar 2012, 6:32 pm

      I can't help but believe that some people who rated this movie down,did it for their religious views. Thomas Dekker and the rest of thecast does a great job. Compared to the other review I read here, I havenothing bad to say about the actors. Sure, there are some stereotypes,but they all play them perfectly. Adam Goldberg, which I usually tendto dislike, does a terrific role as a redneck witch-hunter.

      The movie starts off with a slow, atmospheric scene. Then with a loudbang, begins the nerve wrecking collection of a fairly large body-pile.I do enjoy these kinds of movies, who are not afraid of stepping onanyone's toes. They are the movies that expand our horizons, and allowothers to stretch the boundaries even further. This is one such movie.And I do hope it will inspire others in the future.

    4. samkan from Poconos, Pennsylvania
      30 Mar 2012, 6:32 pm

      Although this type of film has been done many times before there isalways room for good writing, acting, camera work and directing. Hey,if one is going to enjoy a modest budget horror flick one must get pastthe fact the takes-place-in-a-town-with-weird-residents plus thesupernatural-aspects-to-be-taken-for-granted are simply ingrained inthe process. This setting and genre must either be accepted and enjoyedor ignored altogether.

      That said, the acting is FROM WITHIN is exceptional. The teens (andthey actually look like teenagers instead of dressed up 30-year-olds)are neither sullen nor over the top but anxious, indecisive,vulnerable; i.e., like real teenagers. Miss Rice in particular deliversher lines in convincing fashion. The two young male leads could easilyslide into stereotypes but…well…don't. The adults, e.g., thesheriff and the preacher, aren't overbearing elders. All the adults, infact, actually interact with the teens, whereas in many movies likethis one there is the teen world (Read: real and emotional) and theadult world (Read: static and authoritative).

      The supernatural aspect, while never believable, is thankfully modestin inception and use. If the final scenes are not edge-of-your-seatthey hold your interest as to what's going to happen. Cool "twist" atthe very end too. What's a 56-year-old movie snob watching somethinglike this for? Hey, I'm entitled to some fun too. Most things like thisare lucky to last 20 minutes on my screen. FROM WITHIN went the fullmicro-wave popcorn ninety minutes.

    5. Lyserod from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 6:32 pm

      This movie is really scary. Better than anything I've seen in ages. Ithad me at the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Unlike othermovies, the people in it feel real rather than cheesy Hollywood cutouts which made it even more frightening.

      The acting is great. I think Thomas Dekker is super talented. He wasgreat in the Terminator TV show and in "From Within" he's even better.I think the fact that he's being given a starring role means he's onhis way to being a movie star. I also recognized Kelly Blatz from PromNight and he was much better in this.

      It's got a great story, it's full of tricks and turns from the openingscene. I've been so scared since I saw it, I've been afraid to look inthe mirror (you'll know what I mean when you see it!).

    6. (britannie-d) from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 6:32 pm

      I often come across people who prefer horror films that happen to havea good story. I, on the other hand, prefer films with a good story thatjust so happen to be scary. "From Within" is one of the latter. Afterhaving watched it, I'm surprised I had never heard of it before. It hasa sense of overall quality unique to its class (relatively unknown,made for a Horrorfest).

      The story is the movie's strongest point, with a plot that throws inappropriate twists without wavering from its core. From beginning toend, it is emotionally engaging and suspenseful. The characterdevelopment exceeded my expectations as well, along with theperformances from the cast. There is violence, but the film neverdrowns itself in gore. Most of the actual deaths happen justoff-screen, giving you just enough build-up to use your imagination.

      Supernatural horror/thrillers are a dime a dozen, and many of them fallshort of expectations. "From Within" stands out among the crowd—proving that given a well-executed plot and the right casting, films ofthis genre can be as powerful as ever.

    7. RhodesParis from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 6:32 pm

      If you are looking for a movie that involves long protracted scenes oftorture or evisceration like Saw, Hostel or Captivity, this is not themovie for you. If like me you like classic psychological horror thenyou will love this movie.

      The scares are pretty good and they come at regular enough intervals tokeep you engaged while the story and the characters are reallycompelling. It has a really strong visual style, and like 'The Ring'there's an impending sense of doom that hangs over every scene, givingit a really awesome feeling of discomfort although I bet it was made ata fraction of the budget..

      The plot is great, the story grabs you from the very beginning with anincredible opening scene which features a surprisingly strongperformance from Rumer Willis (beware the haters). In fact it's overallreally well acted. Thomas Dekker is…well Thomas Dekker and fans ofSarah Connor will not be disappointed, Adam Goldberg is genius andElizabeth Rice is perfect as the main character Lindsay.

      I saw it in a packed house at TriBeca and the audience reaction waspretty much phenomenal. I definitely recommend seeing it when it goeson general release. 8/10

    8. orachel54 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 6:32 pm

      I'm a huge horror movie lover, but I'm often let down by Americanhorror films…esp the cheesy repackages of fabulous Asian horrortitles. This atmospherically chilling thriller definitely did notdisappoint. The scenery alone is well worth watching, but I found themoral quagmire of a storyline unique as well. Acting is waaay above thestandard for this type of film. I really dug the female lead, andThomas Dekker is utterly delicious, just teeming with sexy, darksensitivity in this somewhat subtle and understated role. Overall, avery enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half. Not a slice and diceteenage T&A flick, so this one is probably OK for those of you not toointo gore or gratuitous topless chase scenes. I've enjoyed many of theAfter Dark "8 Movies to Die For" Horrorfest titles, but I think thisone may be my favorite to date.

    9. GeneticSugarKane from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 6:32 pm

      Well, After Dark have finally done it. This is the first film they'vepicked up that is truly outstanding all around. It is well shot, actedand scripted.

      This was the first American horror film to genuinely scare, thrill andshock me in ages. There is some dialogue that falls flat here andthere, but it is overall an excellent flick.

      People are criticizing this film by accusing it of portraying ALLChristians as evil morons. Hello? The lead character is a bright, sweetand totally charming Christian girl (as is her best friend). I thinkmore than anything, the film shows how life can get ugly in a secludedenvironment.

      This is not only the best and most chilling After Dark film I have everseen, it is one of the best American horror films I have seen in alooooong time.

    10. atinder from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 6:32 pm

      This movie start with Natalie sitting with her boyfriend Shaun as hereads he kisses Natalie . Natalie believes he wants to have sex withher – until he pulls out a gun and commits suicide.

      Then see Natali going to father shop covered in blood and tells hersomeone after and then not soon after she also killed herself.

      There more people have stared to kill them self in recent days. , Dylanand rest of the town people (who are really religious) think thatAiden's family has got something to do with the recent deaths as hemother used to do witchcraft before she was killed.

      I really enjoyed this movie, i did find this movie scary but it didhave some really creepy scenes, the twist at the end I was like " noway", it was one of those really fast and short twist which i thinkmade it bit more shocking (for me).

      I really liked this movie, i going give a 8 out of 10

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