Stir of Echoes [1999] Movie Review Recommendation

Stir of Echoes [1999]

Here comes a classical mystery/thriller with a touch stir_of_echoes_ver1 of horror from director David Koepp. He gained international recognition as a writer of many box office hits like Death Becomes Her,  Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible and many more. Premiering after several high profile movies with similar stories (The Sixth Sense, The Blair Witch Project and The Mummy) Stir of Echoes seemed like a budget version of some much bigger movie. However, this is just a false impression since the movie intentionally sets up this relatively small and familiar story line with neighbors, relationships and other “life” stuff propping up the supernatural element of the movie. By approaching the subject in a serious and professional manner, Koepp generated enough of the “fuck me, this could be real” atmosphere, and if you’re a sucker for haunting and ghosts, forget about it.

After being hypnotized by his sister in law, Tom Witzky starts to see things, things that are not supposed to be alive. What will happen and will he survive his gift is up to you to discover.

Stir of Echoes is a supernatural thriller with a suspenseful atmosphere and a decent story. Kevin Bacon was great as Tom Witzky, a man who was pushed into something he didn’t want or expect he was really convincing here. And he has that face you know, “that next door neighbor that might be off” face. So if you like mystery and stories of ghosts this movie is for you. Character driven and with interesting insights regarding hypnosis, it’s perfect for breaking those “what are we going to watch tonight” discussions.

Director: David Koepp

Cast: Kevin Bacon, Illeana Douglas, Larry Neumann Jr., Steve Rifkin, Chalon Williams

Fun Facts: The hypnosis sequence in which Tom (Kevin Bacon) is hypnotized for the first time follows actual hypnosis techniques used by professional hypnotists. In order to ensure that the audience hasn’t been put to sleep (and some susceptible people have been), there’s a musical accent at the close of the sequence to wake everyone up.


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