What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

Robert Zemeckis (2000)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer star in this formulaic but highly enjoyable supernatural thriller from director Robert Zemeckis. Scientist Ford (in distinctly non-heroic mode) and his wife (Pfeiffer) have renovated their idyllic Vermont lakeside house, but their domestic bliss is disturbed when Pfeiffer starts seeing and hearing ghostly apparitions. After suspecting their strange neighbour of foul play - a subplot that echoes Rear Window - it soon becomes obvious that an event in the past has returned to haunt them. A creaking cocktail of light suspense and implausible plotting that pushes every tried-and-tested scare button, this mass-market shocker is illuminated by Pfeiffer's wholly believable performance as the traumatised wife. While Zemeckis is no Hitchcock, this is an efficient retread of territory already claimed by Stir of Echoes, The Sixth Sense and even Fatal Attraction. You know what to expect!


A doctor's wife recovering from a car accident is troubled by terrifying visions of a ghostly girl who seems to be asking for help from beyond the grave. While her husband thinks the experiences are the result of her recent trauma, a psychiatrist urges her to communicate with the spirit. Supernatural thriller, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford, Diana Scarwid and Joe Morton.

Cast & Crew

Norman Spencer Harrison Ford
Claire Spencer Michelle Pfeiffer
Jody Diana Scarwid
Dr Drayton Joe Morton
Warren Feur James Remar
Mary Feur Miranda Otto
Madison Elizabeth Frank Amber Valletta
Director Robert Zemeckis
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 20 Oct 2000