What Lies Beneath


(out of 5)

Rip-roaring good fun from Robert Zemeckis.   lives an idyllic life in the suburbs in a giant house with her husband (), but succumbs to melancholy when her only daughter moves away to college. Hearing funny noises and seeing odd occurrences in her home when she’s alone, Pfeiffer chalks it up to a case of nerves, but not for long! Soon she begins to suspect there’s a poltergeist in her house and decides to get to the bottom of it, despite her husband thinking she’s gone off her rocker. Pfeiffer is such a good actress that staring at her expressive face for two and a half hours is nothing short of grand pleasure, and she carries off the whole thing without a hitch. I won’t give too many answers away, but let me just say that the bathtub sequence is one of the most nerve-wracking and terrifying experiences I’ve had in a movie theatre in my life (even with all the obvious lifts from Hitchcock’s Psycho).  has a wonderful supporting role, and there’s also an appearance by the superb .

DreamWorks, Twentieth Century Fox, ImageMovers

USA, 2000

Directed by

Story by , , Screenplay by Clark Gregg

Cinematography by 

Produced by , , Robert Zemeckis

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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