Wednesday, March 23, 2016

What Lies Beneath (2000)

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Writers: Clark Gregg, Sarah Kernochan

Composer: Alan Silvestri

Starring: Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Katherine Towne, James Remar, Miranda Otto, Victoria Bidewell, Diana Scarwid

More info: IMDb

Tagline: He was the perfect husband until his one mistake followed them home.

Plot: The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost - or that she is losing her mind.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.


I last saw this in the theater in 2000 and I didn't like it at all.  Well, I liked the first hour but hated the second hour.  I just watched it a second (and last) time and it's kind of the other way around.  The first hour drags a little with one more scare given to Claire (Pfeiffer) after another.  Once the shit hits the fan (about 40 minutes from the end) when we find out what REALLY happened, that's when it gets fun until the last few minutes when it gets plain stupid.  I love having Ford play a bad guy for a change.  The entire sequence from when he gives her the paralysis drug until she makes it out of the tub is brilliant.  There's barely a note of music and Ford is just as casual as he can be as he fills in the details about the previous murder while placing her in the tub to drown.  It's really great stuff.  Once she's downstairs near Ford's body it's gets really typical Hollywood lame-O from then on out.  Enough of the 'the killer can't stay dead' bullshit.  And what's with Ford making it all the way downstairs (after his bathroom accident) and then finding a nice spot to lie down on?  Zemeckis did a great job crafting that sequence (before Ford as Jason Voorhees swings back into action) and it's crazy effective and mature for a thriller/horror film.  Great Silvestri score from start to finish, too.  Did you see that Agent Coulson wrote this?  Neat.

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