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Stir of Echoes (1999)

Kevin Bacon , Zachary David Cope , David Koepp  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin Bacon, Zachary David Cope, Kathryn Erbe, Illeana Douglas, Kevin Dunn
  • Directors: David Koepp
  • Writers: David Koepp, Richard Matheson
  • Producers: Gavin Polone, Judy Hofflund, Michele Weisler
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: February 1, 2000
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0784013470
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,876 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stir of Echoes" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Making-Of Featurette
  • Moist "Breathe" Music Video
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • 3 Additonal TV Spots: "Threshold" TV Spot, "Listen" TV Spot, "Wife" TV Spot

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The only real problem with Stir of Echoes has nothing to do with the movie itself, but with unlucky coincidence. Adapted from a Richard Matheson novel, this film arrived around the same time as The Sixth Sense, and surface similarities made it suffer by cursory comparison and the competing film's phenomenal success. It's a pity, because this one features one of Kevin Bacon's best performances, in a psychological thriller that makes a lot more right moves than wrong ones. Bacon plays a blue-collar guy who laments his ordinary life, only to learn, when his sister-in-law (Ileanna Douglas) hypnotizes him, that he is a "receiver" capable of seeing spirits and split-second glimpses of past and future events. It's a torturous gift to have--especially since his friendly Chicago neighborhood possesses a dark secret--and Bacon plays the role with an appropriate mixture of obsession and internalized torment.

Similarity to The Sixth Sense applies only to the basic premise and the character of Bacon's young son. Otherwise, this is more of a hard-edged journey of self-discovery, marital crisis, and recovery, with Bacon's wife (played by the highly underrated Kathryn Erbe) involved in an underdeveloped subplot about a group of people who share Bacon's gift as paranormal "receivers." Furthering his career as a writer-director of intelligent thrillers, David Koepp makes a few missteps in pacing and thematic overkill, but overall Stir of Echoes is a sharp, sensitive thriller that unfolds to reveal a dramatically satisfying solution to its mystery. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Erbe. After being hypnotized at a party, a man experiences terrifying visions. 1999/color/99 min/R.

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83 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six Degrees of Stir of Echoes January 21, 2000
Format:DVD
This movie was truly a surprise, and a victim of bad timing. It was eerie, suspensful, funny, and somewhat similar to and released around the same time as the Sixth Sense. The mammoth success of Sixth Sense truly wounded this film's potential.Kevin Bacon does a great job as playing a madman driving by those subliminal movie messages like "Dig". He opens up a pathway into the paranormal world after being placed into a hypnotic spell by Ileana Douglas(Fox's Action). From there he finds that he not the only one in his family with the "Shinning", yes the Shinning. Do you want to get sued lad! Sorry, Simpson's reference after he sees his son talking to "imaginary" dead friends as we all tended to do from time to time. While the movie was overshadowed by Sixth Sense it had more action, and moved at a faster pace. The only thing that Sixth sense had over the films was it's incredible ending. The movie would have you jumping one minute and laughing the next, but not in the predictable way most horror movies do. It was truly well done, and had a great sex scene where the wife wakes the husband(Bacon) for some loving. It's true in movies dreams can come true. Go see it or buy it either way you shouldn''t be disappointed unless you one of the people that likes to ruin a movie by saying that's a rip-off from Sixth Sense or that doesn't happen in the Sixth Sense. Also, look for the microwave burrito on the nightstand. I'm still not sure of the symbolism, but I'm sure it's something genious. Take care, go get it!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please check your pants after viewing this movie! March 18, 2000
Format:DVD
WOW! This has to be the most underrated movie of 1999. This movie is guaranteed to freak you out. The visual effects, although low tech, are extremely well done and provide a very eerie look into the world of the paranormal. The plot is also done very well. Elements that are introduced throughout the film are tided together quite nicely in the end. The acting is superb, with Kevin Bacon giving the best performance of his career. He really makes you believe in his character, which is one of the elements that makes this movie work so well. I have the DVD edition, listening to this in 5.1 format is a must. The ghostlike voices that come from the rear speakers gives new meaning to the DVD experience, especially in a dark room.
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57 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget Comparisons, This Movie Is GREAT April 29, 2000
Format:DVD
It seems this movie will forever be compared with "Sixth Sense". The unfortunate timing that had Sense opening first seemed to push this movie off to the side. That is a terrible shame, because this movie is as good as any around. Comparing Echoes to Sense is like comparing DaVinci to Michealangelo. Both are great in their own distinct ways.
The story of an ordinary working class guy (Kevin Bacon) living in his version of a safe, ideal neighborhood whose world is throw out of whack when he is hypnotized by his ditzy sister-in-law (the always good Illeana Douglas). When he starts to experience strange things, it turns his and his family's world upside down. It would be a shame to say more and possibly spoil the suspenseful plot, but the twists and turns this tale takes are wonderful.
This movie will keep you on the edge of your seat and give you a good half-dozen or so jump out of your skin scares. Well acted (Bacon and Douglas are the "big" names, but Kathryn Erbe, Kevin Dunn, AJ Oto lead a great supporting cast, and Zachary David Cope does an amazing job as Bacon's son) and written, this movie should have been a much bigger hit. The second life it has received on video/DVD is well-deserved.
If you missed this one when it was first out, grab a copy. It is a GREAT film, and worth adding to your DVD collection.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Frightening Thriller That You Will Never Forget! January 12, 2002
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Talk about a nail-biting thriller, "Stir of Echoes" is a supernatural journey into the unknown. Brilliantly written and directed, this is a movie that shouldn't be missed by anyone.
Kevin Bacon stars as Tom. Tom is an ordinary man who loves his family and is devoted to his job. The only thing he wishes is that he wasn't so ordinary. Everything drastically changes at a neighborhood party when Tom is hypnotized for a brief period of time. After that unforgettable night, Tom starts seeing things; haunting and violent images that he can't stop or ignore. He hears things that he cannot block from his eardrums. Later on, he discovers that what he is witnessing are possible puzzle pieces to an unspeakable crime that took place a while back. As Tom starts losing it and is determined to solve the unbearable puzzle that haunts him day and night, the more danger he puts him and his family into.
In a way, this was the movie that "Sixth Sense" was trying to be. I felt that this movie was a lot more shocking and haunting. The movie has great acting and a fabulous screenplay. This is a movie you may not want to watch late at night, unless you don't mind a nightmare or two. It's too bad that this movie came out the same time that "The Sixth Sense" did, otherwise it would've gotten more recognition; well deserved recognition at that. There are a few extras on the DVD for those of you who enjoy what special features DVDs have to offer, including a behind the scenes feature, a music video, and a couple of trailers.
This is a great thriller that should've gotten a hell of a lot more recognition. Rent or buy this one as soon as you can. If you love a dark thriller, then you will not be disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary ghost story without the gore
This movie was released around the same time as the Sixth Sense, but it was lost in the shuffle while everyone was caught up in the Sixth Sense hype. Read more
Published 6 days ago by AdminTech
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fast service
I was really impressed how fast I got my movie. I think it was 3 or 4 days which is really speedy. I would definitely order from this company again. Movie was in perfect shape. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Debbie Clenney
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my faves!
I had this movie on VHS for the longest tiem and I actually watched it so much that I wore it out! I got this replacement with awesome bonus features on time and it was in perfect... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars DID NOT ORDER WEB THING
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Published 1 month ago by whitneyrobertsbrown
5.0 out of 5 stars stir of echoes movie
awesomeness!!! high-quality dvd, loved it, bought a 2nd one for a friend who watched it and loved it! NO PROBLEMS!! great seller!
Published 1 month ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling movie!
This movie rocks! Kevin Bacon is great as the close-minded Tom Litzky who is hypnotized by his sister-law Lisa who opens a doorway between his mind and the supernatural. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jenifer Mohammed, Author of Resurrecting Cybele
4.0 out of 5 stars Kevin bacon never seems to disappoint.
The story is interesting it keeps you guessing and the acting is great the scary scenes actually put u in a nerves state this movie is a great buy.
Published 2 months ago by Arturo Del Campillo Reyes
5.0 out of 5 stars gives me the willies
I've seen this a couple of times, and it always creeps me out. Kevin Bacon does a great job here, as a man who has visions of a murder that happened in the house he and his family... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Janet
4.0 out of 5 stars Spooky
Excellent scary movie. I recalled liking it when I saw it at the theater, but I forgot about it as years passed. Something reminded me of it, and I purchased a copy from Amazon. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror/Suspense Collection
I used to own this on vhs and when I switched to dvd, I never bought it apparently. Not that it is a bad movie. I love this movie. I just never got it added, until now. Read more
Published 2 months ago by gamer99
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