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Stir of Echoes

Stir of Echoes

David Koepp (1999)

15 Certificate


Our Score
In the US, David Koepp's creepy supernatural tale was completely overshadowed by The Sixth Sense. However, while it isn't as smart or satisfying, it delivers a handful of extremely frightening moments and a credible performance from Kevin Bacon as a man haunted by startling visions. Using jolting cuts and stylised camerawork to evoke fear rather than contemporary, effects-driven shocks, Koepp immerses the audience in an atmospheric mystery involving hypnotism, psychic powers, a dead girl and Bacon's son, who seems to share his "gift". The film's biggest flaw is an overcooked final half hour, as Bacon's obsessive, destructive hunt for answers becomes slightly ludicrous. The last scene is a real chiller, though.


A cynical labourer allows his sister-in-law to hypnotise him, but discovers he has acquired a sixth sense as a result - and before long he is plagued by the taunts of a ghostly youngster. Psychological thriller, starring Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Erbe, Illeana Douglas and Zachary David Cope.

Cast & Crew

Tom Witzky Kevin Bacon
Maggie Witzky Kathryn Erbe
Lisa Illeana Douglas
Debbie Kozac, the babysitter Liza Weil
Frank McCarthy Kevin Dunn
Harry Damon Conor O'Farrell
Samantha Jennifer Morrison
Jake Witzky Zachary David Cope
Director David Koepp
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Contains violence, swearing and sex scenes. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 26 May 2000


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