Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Stir of Echoes Movie Review 365

Stir of Echoes is a 1999 horror movie directed by David Koepp and starring Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Erbe.

Tom Witzky (Bacon) lives in Chicago with his wife, Maggie(Erbe) and their son Jake. He is at a party with his wife and her kooky sister,Lisa(Illeana Douglas) who is into all sorts of paranormal and supernatural stuff. 
Tom doesn't believe in any of that stuff and he tells her that she can hypnotise him.She does and she plants a suggestion to open his mind. When he wakes up, he feels a bit weird and he begins to see a young girl in visions. She turns out to be a girl called Samantha who was only 17 when she disappeared six months ago.
Coincidentally, the sister of the missing girl is their babysitter and she overhears their son Jake talking to her sister. She is very upset and she takes the boy with her to a train station where he mother works. Tom has a feeling that there is something wrong with Jake, so he goes home and finds him gone. He goes to the train station and there finds his son. The babysitter and her mother want to know how Jake knew her sister. Tom lies and says he doesn't know anything about it. He tells Maggie later that he has been seeing Samantha in visions.

Tom wants to know more about Samantha so he asks his pals Harry(Conor O'Farrell)and Frank(Kevin Dunn) and their sons Kurt and Adam about her, but they think that she was just a runaway. Tom is not so sure. Jake and his mother are strolling in the graveyard when they see a cop who tells them that he can see that Jake has a gift. He tells them that there is a meeting of people with the same gift and that he should come. Maggie goes instead and she meets the guy who tells her that her husband has been contacted by a spirit and that it wants something and if Tom doesn't do it, the spirit will not be happy. Tom begins to be haunted by Samantha who wants him to help her. He tries to get Lisa to reverse it all, but she can't. All that she can do is hypnotise him and the spirit tells him to dig which he does. He digs the backyard and the house looking for something. Maggie heads off to a funeral with her son and he is in the house alone. He digs up the basement and then he pulls down a wall and finds the dead body of Samantha wrapped in a plastic sheet.

Tom sees what happened to her in a vision. She was murdered by Kurt and Adam in a rape gone wrong.
They told Frank and Harry who covered it up. Tom gets Frank to come over and shows him. Frank is horrified. He has a gun and he tells Tom to leave him in the basement. When Tom hears a single shot, he assumes that Frank has killed himself. Harry and his son Kurt arrive at Tom's house to kill him. There is a fight and  Maggie reappears and they take her hostage.They are going to kill them when Frank appears and shoots Harry and Kurt dead. The film ends with Samantha walking away happy and free. She is buried by her family. Tom and his family move out of the house and head off into the sunset. Jake still hears voices from all of the spirits in the houses they pass..

This wasn't as bad movie. I liked the cast and the story was okay.It was an enjoyable watch and I will give it a 5/10.


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