Friday, August 15, 2014

Stir of Echoes (1999)

Director: David Koepp

Writers: Richard Matheson, David Koepp

Composer: James Newton Howard

Starring: Kevin Bacon, Zachary David Cope, Kathryn Erbe, Illeana Douglas, Kevin Dunn, Conor O'Farrell, Lusia Strus, Stephen Eugene Walker, Mary Kay Cook, Larry Neumann Jr., Jennifer Morrison

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Some doors weren't meant to be opened.

Plot: After being hypnotized by his sister in law, a man begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around her.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Thriller/horror pictures like this are practically a dime a dozen and most of them aren't all that good.  This one benefits from good performances and enough little bits of foreshadowing (most of which we can't possibly understand until the the feathers) to make it an interesting and effective film.  But then if you think about it too much, plot holes will emerge.  Like only being told to dig but not where or in a specific place.  I guess that was done to drag out the movie more.  I don't know. I liked it enough that I don't care to pick it apart.  You get a good performance from Bacon and any Illeana Douglas is welcome Illeana Douglas.  She needs to have my babies.  The Lionsgate special edition DVD has a bunch of making of featurettes, deleted scenes, a music video and screen tests.

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