STIR OF ECHOES
Release Date: September 10, 1999
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Erbe,
Illeana Douglas, & Kevin Dunne
Runtime: 99 minutes
Distributor: Artisan Entertainment
Director: David Koepp
Producer: Gavin Polone & Judy Hoefflund
Writer: David Koepp BASED ON THE
NOVEL BY: Richard Matheson
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Bacon plays Tom, a working class married guy who has just begun renting a house in Chicago with his wife, Maggie, and their young son, Jake. Tom and Maggie don't realize that Jake has an "imaginary" friend named Samantha who just happens to be the gruesome "ghost" of a local teenager girl. When Maggie's astrologist friend, Lisa, hypnotizes Tom after skeptical Tom dares Lisa to do it, Tom starts seeing Samantha's "ghost" too. Soon, Tom and Jake are sharing their secret psychic lives, leaving Maggie out of the loop. Tom has visions of the future, including the attempted bloody suicide of a friend's teenage son. He becomes obsessed with finding out more about Samantha, who, in another hypnosis session with Lisa, tells Tom to start digging. That's exactly what Tom does, in his own yard no less, much to Maggie's consternation.
Filled with scary images, STIR OF ECHOES includes two strong hypnosis scenes that may harm certain suggestive personalities in the audience. It also contains some extreme, but brief, scenes of bloody violence.
Although this movie delivers the chills that horror fans expect, it accepts the false and dangerous idea that the "ghosts" of dead people can communicate with the living and even help certain "mediums" solve crimes. This is an evil notion that Hollywood should reject rather than promote. It is an idea that comes from the false religious premises of spiritism, a demonic belief system that has infected many Americans since the late 1800s. It is important to note that spiritism can only thrive in an heretical atmosphere where people have already rejected such traditional, essential Bible teachings as salvation by grace through faith and not by works, the inerrancy of Scripture and the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. The saving grace of STIR OF ECHOES, if there can be such a thing in such a movie, is that, in the final scene, the little boy, Jake, shuts his ears against the pleas of the ghostly demons haunting him and his dad.