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Tom Witzky is a lineman for a utility company. He's a typical working-class guy who lives in Chicago with his pregnant wife Maggie and his son Jake. Tom likes to hang out with his friends, who include Frank McCarthy and Harry Damon. One night at a party, Tom ends up in a discussion with Maggie's sister Lisa, who believes in psychic communication and the power of hypnosis. Tom challenges Lisa to hypnotize him, and she plants in him a post-hypnotic suggestion to be more open-minded...with results that were never, ever expected. That night, he sees images of violence and the ghost of Samantha Kozac, a young woman who disappeared from the neighborhood some time ago, and is now believed to be dead. Jake also sees Samantha's ghost, but while Jake is calm about it, Tom always seems angry that the images won't stop coming. Jake's baby-sitter Debbie Kozac is Samantha's sister, who is still distraught because of Samantha's disappearance. When Debbie discovers that Jake has been talking to Samantha's ghost, Debbie becomes frantic, and she thinks Jake may know where Samantha is. Determined to figure out what's going on, Tom begins a hunt for Samantha's body, and it's a hunt that threatens to kill Tom, Maggie, and Jake, because there is someone who does not want Samantha's body to be found.
Some doors weren't meant to be opened.
Title: Stir Of Echoes
Release Date: September 10, 1999
Runtime: 99 mins
All Genres: Thriller, Horror, Mystery
Sound: Dolby Digital, SDDS
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Buried.com Rating: 8.1 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With S
MPAA Rating: R
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for violence, sexuality and language.
Zachary David Cope ...Jake Witzky
Kevin Bacon ...Tom Witzky
Kathryn Erbe ...Maggie Witzky
Illeana Douglas ...Lisa Weil
Kevin Dunn ...Frank McCarthy
Conor O'Farrell ...Harry Damon
Lusia Strus ...Sheila McCarthy
Stephen Eugene Walker ...Bobby
Mary Kay Cook ...Vanessa Damon
Larry Neumann Jr. ...Lenny
Jennifer Morrison ...Samantha Kozac (as Jenny Morrison)
Richard Cotovsky ...Neighborhood Man
Steve Rifkin ...Kurt Damon
Chalon Williams ...Adam McCarthy
Liza Weil ...Debbie Kozac, the Babysitter
George Ivey ...Security Guard
Lisa Lewis ...Mrs. Kozac, Debbie's Mother
Mike Bacarella ...Train Station Cop #1
Christian Stolte ...Train Station Cop #2
Eddie Bo Smith Jr. ...Neil the Cop
Hyowon K. yoo ...Korean Woman
James Andelin ...Elderly Man
Karen Vaccaro ...Upset Woman
Antonio Polk ...Homey
Rosario Varela ...Latin Woman
Duane Sharp ...Polish Priest
Reese Foster ...Party Attendee
Kevin Scott Greer ...Party Goer
Lou Meza ...Gothic Street Punk
Larry Nazimek ...Block Party Participant
James Newton Howard
Stir Of Echoes Horror Film Trailer 1
Stir Of Echoes Horror Film Trailer 2
"Nothing But The Shell"
"Rio de Generic"
"Paint It Black"
"It's Not The Spotlight"
More Movie Taglines:
- Some doors weren't meant to be opened.
- This time, the door cannot be locked.
- In every mind there is a door that has never been opened.
- in every mind there is a door that should never be opened.
- Frank McCarthy: They were going to kill you in cold blood. I couldn't let that happen. Not here. This is a decent neighborhood!
Tom Witzky: I never wanted to be famous. I just never expected to be so... Maggie Witzky: What? Tom Witzky: I don't know, ordinary.
Lisa: It doesn't surprise me that there's another woman. Of course, the fact that she's dead gives one pause.
Maggie Witzky: Look what I'm not cleaning up.
Sheila: [to her husband after he stares at a group of girls] Why don't you just lick 'em when they walk by?
- The hypnosis sequence in which Tom (Kevin Bacon) is hypnotized for the first time follows actual hypnosis techniques used by professional hypnotists. In order to ensure that the audience hasn't been put to sleep (and some susceptible people have been), there's a musical accent at the close of the sequence to wake everyone up.
On the couch, the babysitter reads "The Shrinking Man" by Richard Matheson, author of "A Stir of Echoes", the basis for this film.
Jake Witzky watches The Mummy's Shroud (1967) on TV when his mother tells him to turn it off. Night of the Living Dead (1968) then appears on every channel as he attempts to turn off the TV.
The Writers Guild of America denied Andrew Kevin Walker a screenplay credit for his script-doctoring work on this film, so he receives "special thanks" in the end credits.
During the hypnosis session, Kevin Bacon is told to imagine a movie theatre where everything is painted black (walls, chairs, everything but the screen). Later, during the rape scene, a stereo plays the Rolling Stones song "Paint it Black", performed by Gob.
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