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What Lies Beneath (2000)

 -  Drama | Horror | Mystery  -  21 July 2000 (USA)
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The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost - or that she's losing her mind.

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Norman Spencer, a university research scientist, is growing more and more concerned about his wife, Claire, a retired concert cellist who a year ago was involved in a serious auto accident, and who has just sent off her daughter Caitlin (Norman's stepdaughter) to college. Now, Claire reports hearing voices and witnessing eerie occurrences in and around their lakeside Vermont home, including seeing the face of a young woman reflected in water. An increasingly frightened Claire thinks the phenomena have something to do with the couple living next door, especially since the wife has disappeared without apparent explanation. At her husband's urging, Claire starts to see a therapist; she tells him she thinks the house is being haunted by a ghost. His advice? Try to make contact. Enlisting the help of her best friend, Jody, and a ouija board, Claire seeks to find out the truth of What Lies Beneath. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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secret | ghost | research | vermont | ouija | See more »

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He was the perfect husband until his one mistake followed them home. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for terror/violence, sensuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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21 July 2000 (USA)  »

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$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,258,893 (UK) (20 October 2000)

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ESP 2,285,968,301 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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There is a scene in the trailer in which Claire is looking at a photograph and notices a ghost face in the window. This scene never appears in the movie. See more »

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During the final sequence, Claire is obviously wearing dark red or pink underwear underneath her night gown. Later on, they turn white. See more »

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[first lines]
Claire Spencer: Good morning, Beauty. Let's go or we'll never leave on time.
Caitlin Spencer: I'm totally ready.
Claire Spencer: Come on. I'll make you some waffles.
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Solidly creepy chiller

A good old-fashioned scary movie, avoiding irony and self-referentialism at every turn, this film relies on a nice premise and some well-executed creepy atmosphere for its impact. Pfeiffer and Ford work well together as a middle-aged couple, with Pfeiffer particularly effective as the homey (though obviously ridiculously beautiful) mother left alone when her daughter heads off to college, working herself up into a panic at various, vaguely spooky goings-on around the place. The film plays its cards close to its chest throughout, working the old game of keeping the audience guessing for a good while ? is there really something supernatural going on, is it some kind of creepy but human plot, or is it all in her head? Of course it's all revealed in the end, in a solidly scary, thrilling and well-executed finale. A classic it ain't, but it has a kind of workmanlike, reliable quality oozing out of every scene.


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