Stir of Echoes (1999) – Review

2 1/2 Stars

Stir of Echoes was released in the shadow of the box-office behemoth, The Sixth Sense, and was promptly overlooked by general audiences. The fall of 1999 was a hotbed of success for Horror films. Blair Witch and Sense had created a cool factor that the genre hadn’t experienced since Scream reinvented the slasher flick. Echoes pales in comparison to Sense, but the former does has a quiet intensity during its first act that promises a better flick. Kevin Bacon glides through his leading man role with the kind of assured professionalism that has come to define his long career.

After being hypnotized by his sister-in-law, Tom (Kevin Bacon) begins seeing haunting visions of a girl’s ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around him. His quiet life is turned upside down at the news of an unexpected pregnancy and the startling images that are propelling Tom to act in an irrational highly bizarre manner. The disappearance of a local girl becomes an obsession for the expectant father and his behavior is polarizing to his wife and friends.

Hollywood scripter and infamous script doctor David Koepp has delivered a low-key thriller with familiar plot elements. The story has been adapted from Richard Matheson’s novel. Although, Koepp has updated the time period, lingo, and horror aspects from the original text. Stir of Echoes is gripping in its first thirty minutes but the movie never pays off in a satisfying way.

Director: David Koepp
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Erbe, Zachary David Cope

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