It falls into the ghost story trap of its haunting specters not quite ever serving as dire and morbid a threat, as say, a knife-wielding killer. While its mystery is hollow due to having to stick to the subgenre's dead-vendetta parameters, it works largely due to Bacon's durable, psychological performance. Also, gotta love the working-class atmosphere and the poignant blue-collar desire to be anything but ordinary.
The 1990s were some of the last years where filmmakers would celebrate suspense and eerie stories in clever and lavishly cinematic ways. That is, before the overwhelming wave of ultra-realistic gore and rape (or, conversely, pretentiously understated) movies. Kevin Bacon's descent into madness was unsettling and steeped in shadow, even more was his discovery. A great little thriller from the end of an era.
The reason why I watched this movie because there's Richard Matheson who is credited as the screenwriter. Since I'm a fan of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, I wish this movie is gonna be a mind-twisted horror experience. I think my expectation was too high. STIR ECHOES actually has an interesting concept. Somehow, the execution didn't feel engaging enough. The mystery itself is also not intriguing for me. It's still entertaining.
watched it for the first time when I was a kid and never really got the story, I guess I was just expecting a horror movie and focused on the scares. But strangely, this film came to mind few weeks ago and I hurt my brain trying to remember its name but now I could really watch it and it's really interesting - it has a decent script, it's not just a lot of scenes shot to scare put together... there is a story.
Trama veramente ben strutturata, con una crescita costante nella tensione. Alcune scene sono magnifiche, come quella dell'ipnosi. Viene ben mostrato come dietro un'apparenza immacolata possa esserci del marcio. Bei personaggi con il protagonista che ha uno sviluppo molto coinvolgente. La regia è ottima, dato che ritma bene la vicenda e dà il giusto tono a tutto il racconto. La fotografia ha alcuni momenti pregevoli.