What Lies Beneath Review
Synopsis:The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost - or that she is losing her mind.
What Lies Beneath (2000) is a 2h 10-min American psychological drama fantasy thriller-horror that had an estimated budget of $100 million and grossed over $291.4 million at the box office. What Lies Beneath was the first film by ImageMovers. Director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future Part II (1989), Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future Part III (1990), Cast Away (2000)) did an average job executing this thriller that was a cliche. Robert brought us a film that was not original, and that was not salvageable because he did not do anything different to make it stand out from other movies like it. The video shows that Robert’s mind/heart is not into this film as his reflexes are a bit slow. He did treat us to some quick scares that were spooky and creepy but not at all convincing.
What Lies Beneath revolves around a couple who started to experience strange hauntings that slowly reveal secrets about their past. Claire Spencer (Michelle Pfeiffer - Scarface (1983), Batman Returns (1992), Dark Shadows (2012)) and her her husband renowned scientist Dr. Norman Spencer lives in Vermont. Norman (Harrison Ford - Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)) is a renowned scientist. Claire was involved in a severe car accident about a year earlier, and her memory has not been the same. Claire is not doing so well with her condition and is facing the fact that her daughter Caitlin’s (Katharine Towne - Mulholland Drive (2001), Evolution (2001), Something New (2006)) leaving for college.
Claire became suspicious of their new neighbors after she heard them arguing and later seeing the husband dragging what appears to be a body bag to his vehicle trunk. Clair convinces her best friend Jody (Diana Scarwid - Mommie Dearest (1981), Party Monster (2003), Rumble Fish (1983)) to help her spy on Warren. Claire thinks that Warren (James Remar - Decommissioned (2016), Unnatural (2015), Eden ( 2015)) murdered his wife and that his wife is haunting her because she recently started observing strange occurrences in her home when she is alone. Norman is not showing Claire much sympathy, so she turns to Jody to help her with a seance in her bathroom. The movie progresses to explain to us who might be haunting Claire and what happened days before Claire’s accident. What will Claire do now that she remembers certain things about her husband that she does not like?
The actors gave us brilliant performances which helped the film a little, but the ending was inarguably laughable and not scary at all. The beginning (first hour) of the movie was creepy enough to send chills through my body and make my hand hair perk up but after a while, we see all of the thriller cliches and the movie went downhill from that point. With all said, I enjoyed the movie because it was realistic and a smart extraordinarily domestic chiller.
About What Lies Beneath (2000)
Runtime: 130 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Total Avg. Votes: 9
Writers: Clark Gregg, Sarah Kernochan
Director: Robert Zemeckis