Stir of Echoes (1999)

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  • Release Date:  1999
  • Genre:  Ghost & Spirit
  • Director:  David Koepp
  • Screenwriter:  David Koepp, Richard Matheson
  • Cast & Crew: Zachary David Cope, Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Erbe, Illeana Douglas, Kevin Dunn, Conor O’Farrell, Lusia Strus, Stephen Eugene Walker, Mary Kay Cook, Larry Neumann Jr., Jennifer Morrison, Richard Cotovsky, Steve Rifkin, Chalon Williams, Liza Weil

Stir of Echoes (1999) Rating:

  • Dylan = 7 / 10;
  • Eloise = 7 / 10;
  • Raoul = 6.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 7 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 7 / 10

 Stir of Echoes (1999) Synopsis:

A man undergoes a hypnosis experiment that makes him receptive to paranormal events and begins to see the ghost of a dead young girl.

Stir of Echoes (1999) Review:

Stir of Echoes is another of these thriller coupled to a ghost story that Hollywood loves to produce. The story in itself is really basic and, aside from the introduction centered on hypnosis, which is totally underused in the rest of the movie, the scenario is the one of the average ghost film.

What makes it good is that, thanks to Hollywood, the film is well-directed and features a great cast. We follow the main character (Kevin Bacon) in his frustration not to be able to see the ghost at first, and then in his obsession in trying to find her. The film manages to build a really good suspense around this, but the all thing remains very predictable, and apart from a few twists here and there, you really see most plot twists coming.

As in so many American movies, the family unit has a very important place in the film, and here the presence of the child who can see the ghost right from the beginning add an interesting point to the film. As mentioned previously, the casting is great and the play of the actors beyond reproach. This movie could have been excellent if the story was not so similar to all the others ghosts/thriller that Hollywood has produced over the years (The Sixth Sense, What Lies Beneath, The Haunting in Connecticut, etc.).


In conclusion, Stir of Echoes is entertaining, but does not deserve more than a 6.5 / 10 for its lack of originality. I would have given it a 6 only, but the great performance of Kevin Bacon when he gets mad is surely worth that extra 0.5 point!

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