Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1999. Artisan Entertainment. Screenplay by David Koepp, based on the novel by Richard Matheson. Cinematography by Fred Murphy. Produced by Judy Hofflund, Gavin Polone. Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by Nelson Coates. Costume Design by Leesa Evans. Film Editing by Jill Savitt.
Unfairly compared to The Sixth Sense, this low-key murder mystery is crafty and intelligent, making up in plot twists and turns and brilliant character development for what it lacks in breathless pacing. Kevin Bacon is brilliant as a handyman who finds himself seeing the unseeable after being hypnotized by his kooky sister-in-law (Illeana Douglas). After he finds out that his little boy has been conversing with apparitions, he starts to believe that something is definitely haunting his house. David Koepp’s direction doesn’t have enough flair for this juicy a story, but he does so much better here than he did with the flat thriller The Trigger Effect.