Stir of Echoes


stirofechoesAfter being hypnotized by his wife’s sister (Illeana Douglas), Tom Witzky (Kevin Bacon) begins to see creepy things in his home that only his young son has been able to see. David Koepp’s second film as director fell in the shadow of the similarly-themed The Sixth Sense (1999), but has its unsettling moments as well. The opening sets up its ghostly premise well and what follows has both us and Bacon wondering exactly what happened to the spirit who keeps popping up around the house. Bacon’s obsession and what it does to his family becomes a bit tiresome after a while, and the ending is clichéd, but exciting nonetheless. 

1999-U.S. 99 min. Color. Written and directed by David Koepp. Novel: Richard Matheson. Cast: Kevin Bacon (Tom Witzky), Kathryn Erbe (Maggie Witzky), Kevin Dunn (Frank McCarthy), Illeana Douglas, Liza Weil, Conor O’Farrell.

Trivia: Followed by a direct-to-DVD sequel, Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming (2007).

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