What Lies Beneath (2000)

What Lies Beneath (2000)
  • Time: 130 min
  • Genre: Drama | Horror | Mystery
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Cast: Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Diana Scarwid


Norman and Claire Spencer are a seemingly happily married couple who uncover a terrible secret… a secret so disturbing it threatens to destroy them. When Claire Spencer begins seeing ghostly images and hearing mysterious voices in their home, her husband Norman suspects it’s just her imagination – until the images turn real. Now, together they must uncover the truth, confront their worst fears and find “what lies beneath”… with twisting and terrifying results.

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  • I don’t think Alfred Hitchcock ever made a movie about ghosts, but if he did, it may have been something like “What Lies Beneath.” The film is stuffed with references to Hitch’s work with nods to “Psycho,” “Rear Window” and “Vertigo.” The Master would have been chuckling to himself watching this in the theatre.

    Michelle Pfeiffer plays a woman suffering from “empty nest” syndrome after her daughter leaves home for college. Not long after this upsetting event, Michelle suddenly starts seeing and hearing strange things in her house. Is she going mad or is it something paranormal? Harrison Ford plays her rich scientist husband and he spends most of the time trying to figure out what is happening to his wife and cope with the changes in her behaviour.

    It’s rare for a major Hollywood movie to star a middle-aged actress these days and even rarer for the heroine she’s playing to be a lonely, depressed middle-aged woman (that must have been a tough sell to the studio!) and it’s a refreshing change to see that.

    Michelle Pfeiffer looks stunning and is holding up well for her age (or rather her magnificent cheekbones are holding her age up well!). She’s perfectly cast in the role of the Hitchcock blonde (Hitchcock would have LOVED Michelle Pfeiffer, she would have been right up his street).

    For me, this is one of Harrison Ford’s best performances. You’ll see him in a new light after this. It’s a departure from the normal roles he plays.

    Robert Zemeckis does a great job as director as the film shifts gears from low-key psychological drama, to mystery thriller and into the area of the supernatural too. There are some spine-tingling twists and nerve-wracking moments of suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat.

    I remember going to see this in the cinema on a dull, chilly Sunday afternoon in October (perfect weather for watching a scary movie) with my late mother and my sister and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It became a family favourite on DVD later. Whenever I watch it now, I remember how much my mother liked it (she knew a good movie when she saw one!) and you will too. BOO! (He, he, scared ya!)

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