Monday, October 27, 2008

Stir of Echoes

Let's get one thing straight right from the get go.......STIR OF ECHOES is NOT some SIXTH SENSE rip off! It was an absolute crime this film happened to be released right on the heels of Shamma-lamma-ding-dong's blockbuster and thus was overlooked and written off by most. Alas, said Shamma-lamma stole, and still does, most of his good ideas from the greart Richard Matheson who was writing the stuff before Shamma was even born. David Koepp, who scripted the latest Indiana Jones film, adaped this 1958 Matheson novel with stunning results. Kevin Bacon is simply perfect as the working class man who after being hypnotized finds himself as a receiver of messages from the got it...he sees dead people! As a side note, the producers decided to add a wake-up call at the end of the hypno scenes in the film as memebers of the test audience actually fell asleep! No doubt a bit of urban legend or a good marketing ploy but the story still persists. The great Illena Douglas almost steals the show with her characters zingers and LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT star Kathryn Erbe is fantastic as the long suffering wife and mother......that would be mother of Zachary David Cope, the spooky kid who, yes, again, sees friggin' dead people. What makes STIR OF ECHEOS so special, other than the fact it packs some serious "BOO" action is the's a solid story from start to finish. A little skimpy on the gore for my tastes but it stilll has enough atmosphere to make this an absolute must see.


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