What Lies Beneath
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The Spencers are a happily married couple until the past comes back to haunt them. A former colleague of Norman Spencer's continues to appear to Claire, his wife. Believing in the supernatural, she investigates and the truth is unbelievable.
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That said; it's still worth checking out.
The film tells the story of Caitlin Spencer, a woman drove halfway to insane by paranoia when she begins to speculate that her new neighbors are harboring a dark secret. When she starts having visions, in particular that of a young dead woman, she becomes increasingly more agitated by the idea that a ghost needs to communicate some horrendous truth to her.
It's kind of like `Gothika', just not as bad.
It's a very good thing that Michelle Pfeiffer chews this film up. She just attacks this performance with so much dedication and fearlessness that you almost forgive her for giving way to this choppy (and at times rather silly) script. She's actually very close to fabulous here. Shockingly, the acting all the way around is pretty great. Even Harrison Ford, an actor who is very hit or miss (more often miss) for me. He carries the eerie sense of destructive charm that suits his character flawlessly. I also thought that Diana Scarwid was rather great here as well, serving up your typical token `best friend' role with a twist.
I only wish that this film didn't wear its influences on its sleeves. The film borrows so heavily from other, more successful films of this nature, and it's blatantly obvious. When you look at a film like `The Sixth Sense' (one of many that this film borrows from), you can see how they used originality to their advantage to create something that will break boundaries.
This film doesn't do that.
The film kind of escalates to a rather chaotic and unsuccessful ending, but there are moments throughout that balance things off, helping `What Lies Beneath' become recommended viewing. This is far from the best in the genre, but it's also far from the worst (I give it a C+. verging on a B-). It's fun and spooky, and even when it reaches levels of ridiculous camp (such as that laughable possession scene), the film is redeemed by committed acting that never fails to sell the unsellable.
What Lies Beneath (2000) stars Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer. I rented it back in 2000. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say that this movie is very creepy, suspenseful, and on the dark side. It's always great to see Harrison Ford play a bad guy. He gives a great performance. Michelle Pfeiffer also gives a great performance. This movie will creep you out. It is also full of subtleties, which makes the movie work even more when it comes to the creep factor.
For anyone who likes dark and creepy thrillers, this movie is highly recommended.
Of course, another flip side of the years between when I last saw this movie and now is that I've seen a lot more ghost stories put to film and this one isn't quite as scary to me anymore. That's not to say it doesn't have chills. Zemeckis knows how to set a tense scene, and the cast is excellent as well.
The story is about Clare (Michelle Pfeiffer), a Julliard-educated musician who has put away her cello to raise her daughter and be a faculty wife to hubby Norman (Harrison Ford), who is part of the science department of a posh college in Vermont. The movie starts as she's sending her daughter away to university and facing empty nest syndrome, the nest in question being Norman's family home by the water, which he has recently inherited. The house has quirks, the neighbors have noisy fights and noisier sex, and Clare is feeling a little stir crazy. Then the really creepy stuff starts happening. The movie keeps you guessing who knows what and how much up through the finale, where it gratifyingly ties the threads together. I'll say this for the movie: it no longer scares me as much as it did that first time, but the ending still works.