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STIR OF ECHOES (1999) ****

Forget The Sixth Sense. This dark, intelligent and scary film is a hell of a lot better. Kevin Bacon is hypnotized at a party by his sister-in-law (Illeana Douglas). When he comes to, he begins to have visions of a girl who was murdered in his home. The scenes in which Bacon is hypnotized, literally sees red, and the part in the bathroom are spellbinding and expertly crafted. Bacon gives his best performance yet, and director David Koepp proves to be a master of suspense, bringing tension, fear and dread to nearly every scene. He also directed The Trigger Effect and has written screenplays for everyone from DePalma to Speilberg. Some parts may remind of The Shining, The Sixth Sense, Poltergeist, and even Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but the film is based on Richard Matheson’s novel, which was published in the 50’s. Featuring a cover of “Paint it Black”.
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