Shapstik’s Movie Clip of the Week: Stir of Echoes (1999)

“You notice that the walls of the theatre are painted in black”

I have always been a huge fan of David Koepp’s underrated Stir of Echoes. A great blend of horror and mystery, it stars a brilliant Kevin Bacon as wired, edgy Tom Witzky. After being hypnotised at a party, Tom starts to have visions, which lead to a murder mystery being unravelled as he starts to uncover more and more about the girl in his visions.

The movie has a real creepy atmosphere, and although slightly predictable, it is nevertheless unnerving during some of the scenes as Bacon becomes more and more unravelled. I have picked the hypnosis scene, not just because of its importance in the movie, but also its originality in visually describing something we normally only hear. You really feel yourself placed into the imagination of Bacon’s character,  when I first saw this I found this scene really captivating. A great scene in a great movie that has Bacon in his most animated role since Tremors. 

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