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Stir of Echoes (1999)

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After being hypnotized by his sister in law, a man begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around him.

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A man is hypnotized at a party by his sister-in law. He soon has visions and dreams of a ghost of a girl. Trying to avoid this, nearly pushes him to brink of insanity as the ghost wants something from him - to find out how she died. The only way he can get his life back is finding out the truth behind her death. The more he digs, the more he lets her in, the shocking truth behind her death puts his whole family in danger.

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In every mind there is a door that has never been opened. See more »


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Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,811,664 (USA) (10 September 1999)

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$21,133,087 (USA) (31 December 1999)
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A lot of people on blogs have wondered how the "creepwalk" was filmed. Here's the secret. The speed of the camera was sped up, and the actress was told to walk as slowly but to appear as naturally as possible. Then when it was time to edit the scene in, they played the footage normal speed and all the "imperfections" in her walk add to the beauty of how creepy it looks. See more »

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In the beginning of the movie, Tom is getting his little boy out of the bathtub. He sticks the towel down into the water to grab the boy, but when he brings the boy out and is drying him off, the towel is mysteriously dry. See more »

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[first lines]
Jake Witzky: [to someone] Okay. Guess who came over to play...
[singing]
Jake Witzky: Superheros. I was Black Power Ranger. He was Batman.
Tom Witzky: Jake, you okay in there buddy?
Jake Witzky: I'm okay.
[to whoever else]
Jake Witzky: Can I ask you a question?
Tom Witzky: Okay, time to hit the sack.
[coming into the bathroom]
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Shut the door! You're letting in a draft!
22 February 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tom (Kevin Bacon) has hypnotized by his sister-in-law, played by Illeana Douglas, and from then on his life's a little....well, weird. He sees a ghost of a disappeared girl, and he's not the only one - his young son's been seeing the spectre for weeks. What unfolds after that is that Tom slips further and further into imminent madness. His wife Maggie (Kathryn Erbe) can't fathom his insanity, and it's driving her up the wall, as both of the men in her life are increasingly distant and non-communicative. So what happened to Tom when he was under hypnosis? His sister-in-law claims there's a door in everyone's mind that's never been opened, and it sure looks like Tom's door is wide open, with a big neon sign over it, inviting him to run through with abandon. What's behind all of this freakiness? There's a mystery afoot, but it turns out to be a little more standard and predictable than one would hope with the solid premise. Can't fault the actors, though - this is an unusual role for Bacon, who here comes off as a tough, strong, blue-collar kind of guy - he and his family are close to what one might call white trash, but they're never portrayed as being mean-spirited or hateful. This is just one of those cases where weird stuff happens to nice folk, kind of like the clan in "Poltergeist."

So this is a stylish psychological/supernatural thriller with game performances by a capable cast. It's watchable and full of chills, but the ending's a little pat.


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