What Lies BeneathDirector: Robert Zemeckis, Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Diana Scarwid
In this supernatural thriller, a woman believes that a visitor from another dimension is trying to guide her into a sinister mystery. Feeling lonely after her daughter leaves home for college, Claire (Michelle Pfeiffer) begins to sense that something is wrong in her house, and feels a spirit is trying to contact her. At first her husband Norman (Harrison Ford), a scientist doing research in genetics, attributes her paranormal beliefs to stress or possibly a nervous breakdown, and sends her to a psychiatrist (Joe Morton) who puts no more stock in Claire's stories than does Norman. While Claire's contention that someone or something sinister is afoot leads her down a number of blind alleys, in time she becomes convinced that the mysterious happenings at her home are somehow connected to the disappearance of a woman who was a student at the nearby college -- and bore a striking resemblance to Claire. What Lies Beneath marked the debut of screenwriter Clark Gregg, whose script is based on a story by himself and Sarah Kernochan; the supporting cast includes Diana Scarwid as Claire's best friend Jody, and James Remar and Miranda Otto as a contentious couple living next door.
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Cast & Crew
|Harrison Ford||Norman Spencer|
|Michelle Pfeiffer||Claire Spencer|
|Miranda Otto||Mary Feur|
|James Remar||Warren Feur|
|Joe Morton||Dr. Drayton|
|Amber Valletta||Madison Elizabeth Frank|
|Katharine Towne||Caitlin Spencer|
|Ray Baker||Dr. Stan Powell|
|Mitch Carter||Loop Group|
|Tom Dahlgren||Dean Templeton|
|Moosie Drier||Loop Group|
|Bridget Hoffman||Loop Group|
|Donna Lynn Leavy||Loop Group|
|Micole Mercurio||Mrs. Frank|
|Edie Mirman||Loop Group|
|Sloane Shelton||Mrs. Templeton|
|Daniel Zelman||PhD Student #4|
|Rachel Singer||PhD Student #3|
|Philece Sampler||Loop Group|
|Iake Eissinmann||Loop Group|
|Jennifer Tung||PhD Student #2|
|David Cowgill||Loop Group|
|Alexander Newell||Loop Group|
|Dennison Samaroo||PhD Student #1|
|Donald Taylor||Male EMT Worker|
|Claudette Wells||Loop Group|
|Thomas L. Bellissimo||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Steven J. Boyd||Associate Producer|
|Joan Bradshaw||Executive Producer|
|Rick Carter||Production Designer|
|Carla Corwin||Asst. Director|
|Marcia de Bonis||Casting|
|Susie de Santo||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Stefan Dechant||Art Director|
|Jerry Donegan||Special Effects|
|Beverli Eagan||Set Decoration/Design|
|Tony Fanning||Art Director|
|Clark Gregg||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Sony Pictures Imageworks||Special Effects|
|Frank Iudica||Special Effects|
|Mark Johnson||Executive Producer|
|William B. Kaplan||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Sarah Kernochan||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Pamela Klamer||Set Decoration/Design|
|Joyce Kogut||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Elizabeth Lapp||Art Director|
|Rob Legato||Special Effects,Special Effects Supervisor|
|Alicia MacCarone||Set Decoration/Design|
|Cherylanne Martin||Associate Producer|
|Masako Masuda||Set Decoration/Design|
|Mark "Crash" McCreery||Art Director|
|Josh McLaglen||Asst. Director|
|Andy Miller||Special Effects|
|Andy Miller||Special Effects|
|Karen O'Hara||Set Decoration/Design|
|Bernie Pollack||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Robert Presley||Camera Operator|
|Darin John Rivetti||Asst. Director|
|Alan Silvestri||Score Composer|
|Stan Winston Studio||Makeup Special Effects|
|Patte Strong-Lord||Set Decoration/Design|
|Christy Sumner||Special Effects|
|Beck Taylor||Set Decoration/Design|
|Jim Teegarden||Production Designer|
|Randy Thom||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Malia K. Thompson||Special Effects|
|Shannon J. Thompson||Special Effects|
|Tyra Youland||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Thomas Zell||Special Effects|
0. Scene Index
1. Caitlin Goes To College (Opening Titles) [6:26]
2. Noisy Neighbors [3:37]
3. Terrified Mrs. Feur [6:07]
4. Good Neighbors [4:03]
5. Opening Doors [6:59]
6. Spying On Mr. Feur [6:12]
7. Old Friends [4:05]
8. Reflections In The Tub [3:20]
9. Doctor's Visit [2:54]
10. Seance [7:16]
11. Something Is Happening To Me [3:45]
12. A Visit With Mary Feur [4:42]
13. Madison Elizabeth Frank [7:04]
14. Forbidden Fruit [7:58]
15. A Presence In Our House [:35]
16. Exorcism By Fire [1:33]
17. I Will Make It Up To You [5:48]
18. Unlocking The Mystery [5:07]
19. Norman's Confession [4:32]
20. The Suicide Set Up [5:51]
21. Trying To Call For Help [4:31]
22. Over The Bridge [7:41]
23. Rest In Peace [5:39]
24. End Credits [2:38]
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This movie was the best I've ever seen. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. i couldnt reccommend a better movie.
After her daughter is off to college, Clarie's mind and heart are open to a flood of emotions and memories, making her vulnerable and unsure of what is ahead. Out of nowhere she begins to experience strange things she can not explain leading her to a mystery that she must solve alone, or so she thinks. This is a classic ghost story, a little slow at first, but its a fun film to watch. The ending is reminissant of any orgiginal ghost story, a life once lived, taken away through violence, seeking revenge on their murderer. Michelle gives a great performance in this one.
Excellant scripting and direction, a real chiller. Predictable, with a twist. Definately one for the library.
I think this movie is the best because it had a little bit of everything. I hope they keep making movies like this more often
I would say this is one of the best thrillers of this generation of films. It has none of the usual profanity or slashing in it. It's a clean thriller, that even though you have watched it before, it promises to scare you over & over! It's worth adding to your collection of videos. Both Michelle Pfeiffer & Harrison Ford give a chilling performance in this movie. It was worth every dime I spent. :)
This movie is excellent! There is so many twists and turns that it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Not too much blood, but still a creepy movie.
This film is worth the money......
This is one of the all-time worst films i have ever seen, despite a decent performance by Ford and Pfieffer. The premise of this movie is a good one that could have been done a lot better. The entire first half of the movie is wasted on a subplot that has nothing to do with the film as a whole, and is meant only to suggest supernatural phenomena that isn't really there, but might be there, but isn't really there, but it could be, and it never really gets cleared up. This is a cliche i am really tiring of in modern horror movies. Just once, i would like a movie like this to end with actual supernatural occurences. After all, it is a movie, so why not? Instead there's always a logical explanation, and the case of this film a ridiculous and unentertaining one. This movie throws twist after twist after twist at you, until they're just boring and expected and tiring. It is also about an hour too long, and not to mention a complete waste of time. I was not remotely anxious, let alone scared, once during the entire film.
We're watching this movie in my 8th grade speech class (13 and 14 year olds) and with the lights out (even at 10:30 in the morning) this movie scared the heck outta me! Everyone in the class continually jumped and many girls screamed on countless occasions. My heart sure did get exercise watching this movie! i dont think it ever once slowed down, even from the beginning.
This film seems to be the worst movie I've seen in years. Every scene is so predictable, any 11 year old would tell you what's next. How can THIS be a thriller? What worked for a scary movie 50 years ago doesn't cut any more? If a load sound effect follows every time Harrison Ford opens his eyes, it doesn't somehow make it a horror movie. For the entire duration of this flick there's a feeling that characters are just not knowing what they are doing... I would not recommend this movie to anyone.
This movie was just wonderful. The way the the movie was presented in an Al Hitchcock manner was superb and the great camera angles were just a part of this banana split of a movie. So many tastful elements yet all of them were crucial to the film. Watch out for the last fifteen minutes of the film because you might need a diaper because I did! Compralo! Buy it!
Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfiffer both are amazing in this movie.Each are very convincing in thier parts.This was a great flick because it reminded me of an old thriller but with a modern edge.So exciting! A great story line that leaves you with your jaw dropped to the floor.My advise is to watch it late at night with a friend......cause its gonna freak you out.
This movie was tastefully done, but very scary still. The plot was definitely there, and the dialog was good. It was more of a mystery, but it still really scared me. Go buy this!!!
What Lies Beneath is a great movie. The story throughout is tasteful and chilling. It is the basis of a classic contemporary thriller. What really made it good was its actors, Michelle Pfieffer and Harrison Ford. Michelle Pfieffer more importantly. She is convincing and flawless in this film. She makes you believe the hauntings and bizarre occurrances. However, the ending of the film was somewhat disappointing. Throughout the film, the story goes at a steady, detailed pace and then once the climax is reached it rushes through like an obease child heading for the candy isle. Plus, it wasn't such a shocking ending either. It was rather dry and pretty ridiculous. It crossed the line from supernatural to downright impossible. But the story makes up for these flaws. It came as a shock to me that What Lies Beneath didn't get that good of ratings from those like Roger Ebert and Rolling Stone. I thought it was rather good. See it, you won't regret it.
''What Lies Beneath'' is a horror movie that is about a haunting that goes on in a couple's house. After their daughter moves to college, strange things start to happen. Later on in the movie, you find that a lot of people have been lying. But, who lies beneath the lies...and who's the other person? This is an out of your seat thriller and a good night chiller.
This movie is really good, and it's definitely creepy. You'll enjoy it! There is definitley an adrenalin rush!
This story had an interesting premise: that of a professor's extramarital fling with a graduate student coming back to haunt him in a supernatural way. An excellent cast of actors was chosen, and beautiful scenery that was supposed to be in Vermont was a definite plus. The movie itself was entirely too long and slow moving. After about the second hour, my daughter decided to take a nap, so I thought I would, too, and I had wanted to see this movie for some time. I couldn't tell who was being represented at times...the wife or the girlfriend...and the ending was rather lackluster. Spend your money on another DVD.
This was one of the first SCARY movies thats was actually SCARY. Saw it three times, and it scared the hell out of me those three times. It's a must buy