Stir of Echoes


Stars: Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Erbe, Illeana Douglas

A short run on ‘seeing and talking to dead people’ movies last year brought us this very watchable Kevin Bacon flick. Here he plays Tom, a telephone lineman, who views his life as particularly ordinary, a fact that disturbs him greatly. He’s married to Maggie (Kathryn Erbe), who’s pregnant with their second child and he has a son named Jake who seems to talk to himself a lot.

At a party one night, Tom agrees to allow himself to be hypnotized by Lisa (Illeana Douglas) a student who half-knows what she’s doing. One of her post-hypnotic suggestions leaves Tom with horrid hallucinations and pretty soon he and Jake have more in common than he knows.

Visions of a dead woman take over his life and now he becomes obsessed with discovering who she is and how she met her fate. The more he digs up (literally) the closer he comes to losing his wife and his own life.

Lotta says: Although this is not nearly as refined as “The Sixth Sense”, it’s a good story that keeps your interest up and has some decent spookiness to it as well.