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Ford and Pfeiffer deliver craftsmanlike work, but the film steadily unravels as Zemeckis tries to ratchet up the suspense. Philadelphia Inquirer - Steven Rea. Dumb, dumb, dumb - borrowing scare tactics from Hitchcock and other suspense masters, but forgetting basic story. Dallas Observer - Gregory Weinkauf.
What Lies Beneath is my head on the movie theater floor, snoozing through this film. RandyJ Sep 9, A Brilliant first-rate classic. Mind blowing intelligence and incredible acting deliver the small blows. Sheer terrifying brilliance delivers the rest. A perfectly cast mind-blowing tour-de-force, stunning and superb.
The greatest horror movie of our time. Nickkk Jan 28, A smart thriller with brilliant acting from Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer. Definitively one of my favorites.
While focusing on the problems of an apparently normal relationship, "What Lies Beneath" has some original scary moments and much suspense. This review contains spoilers , click expand to view. Interesting story and acting, there was an alternative to explain the paranormal things happened in the house and the hostess's hysterical reaction made you almost believed that it was the right answer, however, with the investigation going deeper, the really truth was not revealed until the very end.
Brilliant story-telling keeps the audience in suspense. BTW, the film's name is a pun. OregonJayBird Jan 8, Very Hitchcock like movie.
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True to his style in every way. Along the way, yes, there are some good moments. A pity, because until then it's a smart, realistically staged, adult-oriented and extraordinarily effective domestic chiller. The first hour is great fun It's an enjoyably giddy ride, certainly, but once you're back from the edge of your seat, you realise most of the creaks and groans are from the decomposing script. Michelle Pfeiffer received some positive notice for her performance.
Roger Ebert called her "convincing and sympathetic.
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In his review, Ebert said that he felt the problem with Zemeckis' desire to direct a Hitchcockian film was to involve the supernatural the film contains several musical, visual and plot references to Psycho and Vertigo , among other Hitchcock films , which he believes to be something Alfred Hitchcock himself would never have done. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see What Lies Beneath disambiguation. Accessed November 26, Pairing for Zemeckis , Variety , October 14, Retrieved December 26, Archived from the original on July 27, Films directed by Robert Zemeckis.
It is allowed to do this by virtue of Harrison Ford, and, especially, Michelle Pfeiffer, who, I feel, deserved an Oscar nomination for her convincing portrayal of a happy, but suddenly lonely, wife. It is just about as Hitchcockian as you can get, and I rate the bath sequence as gripping pardon the pun as taking a shower at the Bates Motel.
The plot is thin and the action is played out sedately. Yet it seems perfectly timed in setting the mood of the whole piece. I particularly liked the music,and the supporting actress Diana Scarwid, whose lighthearted attitude during the seance scene made it all the more chilling. A perfect example of good film-making with only a slight plot. I am sure this movie will mature with age until it is rightfully regarded as a modern classic.
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