Doug Jones is known for his character work and physicality. He’s rendered unrecognizable in amazing creature makeup, becoming Abe Sapien in Hellboy (2004), Pale Man and Fauno in Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), and the creature in The Shape of Water (2017). Now, he’s performing without makeup as a psychopath in the new serial killer film, Beneath the Leaves.
Here is the official plot synopsis:
“Among countless others, four small-town boys are kidnapped by James Whitley, a deranged, warm-eyed psychopath. His grotesque pursuit to reunite orphaned children with their deceased birth parents is gridlocked when the boys escape and he is arrested. Twenty years later, Whitley flees during a prison fire and decides to see his mission through. Detective Larson, one of Whitley’s prior victims – and now a cop – is removed from the case due to impartiality leaving his partner and lover, Detective Shotwell to solve the case. Fueled by rage and a chance of redemption, Detective Larson chases the steadfast psychopath on his own, only to fall back into the same trap he once escaped as a child.”
Beneath the Leaves not only looks like a terrifying horror film, but is also one that investigates the lingering trauma of escaping a serial killer. After Halloween’s (2018) examination of the Final Girl’s trauma, this could be an interesting trend in horror films that gives them even more depth and nuance.
While Jones is only shown for a quick moment in the trailer, I have a feeling his presence will dominate the film. As the plot description says, there is something about his eyes that is both alluring and haunting, something that could easily draw in unsuspecting foster children.
This is Adam Marino’s feature-length film debut. Mira Sorvino (Mimic) and Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas, Repo! The Genetic Opera) will star alongside Jones as Detective Shotwell and Detective Larson, respectively.
Beneath the Leaves is set to hit VOD on February 8th. What do you think of the trailer? Do you think Jones will make a good serial killer? While Jones is only shown for a quick moment in the trailer, I have a feeling his presence will dominate the film. As the plot description says, there is something about his eyes that is both alluring and haunting, something that could easily draw in unsuspecting foster children.