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Stir of Echoes (1999)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  10 September 1999 (USA)
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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 her.



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Tom's a regular guy, a utilities lineman, married, with a young son, his wife is pregnant; he hangs out with long-time pals in a Chicago neighborhood. At a party, his sister-in-law hypnotizes him, and he goes into a deep trance. Before waking him, she suggests that he keep his mind open. That night he sees flashes of violence and the ghost of a young woman. His young son, too, is "a receiver," but while the boy is calm and coherent in his conversations with spirits, Tom is confused and agitated. Over time, the young woman's story comes to the surface, and Tom begins a hunt for her body that puts him and his usually understanding wife, Maggie, in grave danger. Written by <>

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


Horror | Mystery

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

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10 September 1999 (USA)  »

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Ecos mortales  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£818,213 (UK) (16 June 2000)

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Jake Witzky: [to someone] Okay. Guess who came over to play...
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Tom Witzky: Jake, you okay in there buddy?
Jake Witzky: I'm okay.
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Tom Witzky: Okay, time to hit the sack.
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Hypnotic Suspense
28 March 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Stir of Echoes is a very good horror thriller in the traditional sense. It's the story of a guy who gets hypnotised and develops precognitive psychic abilities which he can't control.

Kevin Bacon is excellent and shows he can be a leading man, while the rest of the cast performs well. Sets, special effects and cinematography are all very good - nothing flashy but solid.

It has shocks and suspense, especially in the first half, and although it could be accused of being a little clichéd, it never strays too far into the 'seen it all before' category.

The second half of the film turns into a more traditional thriller but still holds up well, unlike similarly themed movies such as 'What Lies Beneath.' This is because it is pleasingly short, lasting around 90 minutes (the correct length for a film of this type). There are some plot strands that aren't explained, but this can be forgiven because of the film's running time.

Although not mind blowing, it has a decent payoff at the end and left me satisfied that I'd just watched a good movie. Not a great one, but a good one. Pick this one up cheap on DVD.

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