I always hope that the history of cinema is somehow rooted in the movies that are being made today and tomorrow. In Braden R. Duemmler’s What Lies Below, he seems to be inspired by the classic Universal monster pictures, which is a good thing. Bela Lugosi’s Dracula, Boris Karloff’s Mummy, and the legendary Creature From the Black Lagoon. It is the latter that fits most with What Lies Below, but it also mixes a bit of the late 80’s slasher The Stepfather. This is a streamlined horror film, about Liberty (Ema Horvath), a high school girl arriving home from summer camp, and finding out that her mom (Mena Suvari) has a new love interest (Trey Tucker). Things move fast, where the new lothario seems to have his hooks into mom, impressing Liberty with his love of science, but obviously having something else in mind. What Lies Below may be rough around the edges, but it certainly has a lot of fun parts to sink into.