Friday, December 18, 2015

Stir of Echoes (1999) - 7 stars out of 10

Stir of Echoes (1999) - 7 stars out of 10

“Stir of Echoes” has always lived in the shadow of other 1999 supernatural blockbusters (“The Sixth Sense,” “The Mummy”), but it is a surprisingly good ghost story.  Kevin Bacon is underrated as an actor and drives this entire story with strong acting and intense facial expressions.  He receives decent support from the rest of the cast, particularly Kevin Dunn, but the majority of the film falls on Bacon.  With films like “A Few Good Men,” “Mystic River,” and “Apollo 13” under his belt, it is amazing that he isn’t more commonly recognized as a great actor.  While the premise of the story has less real-world believability than other supernatural films, it is still enjoyable for what it is.  Just don’t be misled by the film’s synopsis, which paints it out to be more of a thriller.  Many of the creepy elements of this story and the way in which they are presented could give you nightmares if watched right before bed!  The entire digging sequence is awesome and emphasizes Bacon's desire to move on from the unfortunate events of this story.  “Stir of Echoes” wasn’t the best supernatural film of 1999 but it is absolutely worth watching for its interesting premise, relentless suspense, and a few really good twists at the end.

[Pictured: You can't dismiss the scare factor of this film]

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