It’s just a test, to see if it’ll work. But, when Tom is hypnotized by his sister-in-law, at a neighborhood party, it becomes something much more serious. Tom begins to hallucinate and starts to see all sorts of weird things, which he knows nothing about. These things are so incredibly real, that Tom begins to go insane, trying to figure out what they mean.
The visions that Tom is having are not something that will soon go away, nor are they something that will be easily forgettable. Something is trying to communicate with Tom, using his mind as the communication medium. Who knows why it wants Tom, but the stuff that it’s showing him proves that it isn’t something too nice. What does it want? Why is it after Tom, of all people? What can he do to get rid of the visions?
I had seen this movie many times at local video stores, but had never thought to rent it. That is, until my friend told me that I would love it and that in his opinion, it’s an underrated gem. That proved to be true, because this movie was simply amazing. There wasn’t one thing about this movie that I didn’t like; that’s how good it is. It could be argued that I liked this movie simply because I’m interested in paranormal activities, but that’s not it. This movie was so well done that just about anyone could like it.
Since this was one of the first times I had seen Kevin Bacon in a leading role, I didn’t know what to expect. The good thing is that all of my worrying was for nothing. Bacon portrays his character perfectly, in such realistic fashion that you actually believe he actually is the character he is portraying (Tom). For the most part, the supporting actors even gave amazing performances, helping to draw you into this amazing story. The thing is that, in this type of film, the portrayal of the characters is crucial, to whether or not the movie is going to prosper or flop. This movie definitely prospers, due in some part to the performances given throughout.
Everything else in this film worked very well; whether it was the directing, editing, or makeup effects, nothing seemed to be lacking anything. The scenes were all well shot, interesting, and stylistic, adding to the creepy atmosphere and mood that this movie presents you with. The editing was pretty much flawless, as were the makeup effects. All of the elements of a good film were present in this film, with nothing missing. Maybe that’s what made it turn out to be such an amazing, creepy film.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, I loved this film. It actually scared me, which is more than I can say of almost all horror films. This movie just had it all, and added on to that be being so stylish. I don’t know why this movie never became very popular, it certainly deserved to be. If you haven’t seen Stir of Echoes yet, run out to your local video store, and get a copy of it tonight. You won’t regret it. 9 out of 10.