At last it is here! Monday was the day for the next Final Girl Film Club, but I wasn't able to get the movie in time or I would have planned around it. Netflix has it on the wait list and I'm watching my money right now, so I didn't buy it from some where. Maybe I will be able to get the next one. Instead of the Film Club selection, I am celebrating a milestone for my own blog. The 350th post! As you can see, I decided to talk about the film Stir Of Echoes (1999). I was mistaken when I said that the sequel was a direct to DVD movie. It was actually a TV movie that was released to DVD. I will be talking about that film in the next post though.
Stir Of Echoes was a film that I originally caught on a cable movie network. I kind of remember seeing previews for it before it came out, and wasn't all that interested because of Kevin Bacon being in the lead role. I have nothing again Kevin Bacon really. I just don't always like his roles so I decided to just wait for it to hit DVD or catch it on cable somewhere. Even when it did hit cable, I was still a bit leery about watching it. I never heard much about it and now I think I know why. The Six Sense was released just prior to Stir Of Echoes, so I think the former overshadowed the latter. Once I got tired of avoiding it, I sat down to watch it at last. It ended up blowing my mind at how good it was.
Just in case you are one of those people that have yet to see Stir Of Echoes, it centers around the Witzky family. We have Tom (Kevin Bacon), his wife Maggie (Kathryn Erbe) and their son Jake (Zachary David Cope). It is clear right from the get go that Jake isn't your normal little boy. Jake talks to someone who isn't there. Is it a ghost? Or maybe he just has one of those invisible friends. We meet the family, get to know them some and we also meet some of the people that live in the neighborhood. Tom and Maggie end up going to a neighborhood party, where they start to talk about how people act under hypnosis. Maggie's sister, Lisa (Illeana Douglas), seems to know a lot about the subject and even knows how to do it. Tom, not believing that she can do it, decides to let her put him under. She manages to do so with ease. When he wakes up there is something different. He can see and know things that have happened or are about to happen.
Stir Of Echoes quickly became a favorite movie of mine mostly because of the story. It is a ghost story at the heart of it. The nice thing about this story is it ends up being more than just a scary ghost story. There are still moments that are very creepy though. There is a mystery as to what the ghost wants. Soon, there is another mystery as well. What helps the story was the acting. This has to be my all time favorite Kevin Bacon film. He came across as very real and natural to me. Kathryn Erbe was the same way to me. I thought both actors did a great job of showing how they were trying to deal with what was happening to them. Even though he had a much smaller part, I really enjoyed Zachary David Cope. He wasn't the annoying child actor that you hear about in so many other movies. He came across as smart and a little more mature than his age. I guess one needs to be, when they can hear and see ghosts.
The effects didn't overly impress me but for this movie, they fit in with the over all feel. Stir Of Echoes wasn't really a scary movie to me, but it does have a very spooky feel to it through out the entire movie. Some of the characters get underused and at times I thought the plot was a little confusing. I was never really sure if this was the first time that Tom was able to see what he does. He does seem confused by this new found ability. At the same time though, I guess I felt that maybe this wasn't his first time. I felt that maybe it has happened to him before, just a very long time ago. Another thing I liked was the ghost itself. I guess I liked it because it wasn't a nice ghost or a mean ghost. Instead it was right in between the two.
So that is what I thought about Stir Of Echoes. If you haven't given this film a chance, I really think you should. If you have watched this one, I'm very curious as to what you thought of it. Let me know, just don't agree with me either lol.
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