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.
Contrary to popular belief and the accepted myth, hypnosis is not like it is portrayed on TV. No hypnotist can make you bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken if you don't want to. It's more of a very relaxed state in which a skilled hypnotist can reach recesses of your mind and help you recall details of memories that you would have otherwise forgotten. Anytime you see on TV where someone says a keyword and someone else clucks like a chicken is absolutely fake and false - it's just not how it works. In fact most of the time most patients know that they are under hypnosis but just feel as if they are in a very relaxed state and very subjective. It's a very different experience than what you see in the movies and on TV. See more »
At the beginning of the movie. Lisa tells Tom that his baby will be born in June, and will be a Gemini, like the Scottish chick in the band Garbage. Lisa is referring to Shirley Manson. Manson was actually born in August and is a Virgo. See more »
Actually, I found this movie more satisfying than "Sixth sense". It doesn't have a stunning payoff like "sixth sense" (what film does?), but until the, in some ways hasty, conclusion, it's well made, scary and, since I have a knowledge of occult things through a good friend, rather believable. Kevin Bacon is credible in his part and so do Illeana Douglas. Kathryn Erbe however is stuck with nothing to do for large chunks of the movie. Effectively and atmosphericly shot, with some effective jolts that made me jump. To some, the conclusion may be a little simple and drawn-out, but I thought it was satisfying and filled to the brim with suspense. I find that the digging in the cellar/garden is a nice build-up for the finale, not that it goes on forever as a previous reviewer stated. It's only one thing that bothers me about the ending, and it is that too little is explained and a few threads of the story are totally abandoned. But that's only a minor complaint. For the most part, this is a creepy, interesting, well-made, scary and well played little thriller.
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