Monday, 25 January 2016

What Lies Beneath

UK Release Date: 20th October 2000

The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost - or that she is losing her mind (

Director: Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Contact)

Starring: Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer

What Lies Beneath goes through a two hour period of no ambience, or at least it feels that way. Michelle Pfeiffer's wife to scientist Harrison Ford believes their house is haunted by a single ghost. For the majority of this film we're led down a path of tense scares and frights, which are conjured from thin air. Robert Zemeckis knows how to add these unbearable moments without us really knowing what they're about. Pfeiffer puts in a stellar performance as the jittery, mentally unbalanced wife, whereas Ford's as wooden as a tree trunk, not giving a hoot about his wife's slowly deteriorating health. What Lies Beneath is a very thrilling thriller, with the bathtub scene (no, not sexual in any way) likely to stick to the mind for a long, long time.


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