What Lies Beneath

MPAA Rating:
90 mins
Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Diana Scarwid, Joe Morton, Amber Valletta, James Remar, Miranda Otto.
Robert Zemeckis
Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke

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Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer star in this supernatural thriller about a happily married couple whose idyllic life is threatened by mysterious events. It has been a year since Dr. Norman Spencer (Ford) betrayed his wife Claire (Pfeiffer). With Claire oblivious to the truth and the affair over, Norman’s life and marriage seem perfect. But Claire begins hearing mysterious voices and seeing a young woman’s wraithlike image in their home. This apparition will not be dismissed. It has come for Dr. Spencer…and his beautiful wife. Trying to uncover why a ghost is haunting her home, Claire reads up on ghosts and even dabbles with an ouija board.

Movie Message

This intense, often nerve-racking ghost story freely borrows from many other films, including “Rear Window,” “The Sixth Sense,” and “Dial M for Murder.” It also jolts with far too many red herrings – you know, where the cat jumps out at the protagonist or the friend, rather than the villain, sneaks up behind the heroine. That said, however, “What Lies Beneath” is one of the scariest movies I can remember seeing. Although director Zemeckis blatantly steals from other thrillers, he does it with such a flourish that you find yourself squeezing the arm rests and jumping with every burst of high pitched underscoring. Should we attend horror movies? I would suggest you read Philippians 4:8 and Psalms 101 before choosing any film, especially one containing scenes featuring ouija boards, paranormal activity and films where the lead misuses Christ’s name on a regular basis.

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