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What Lies Beneath (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 21 July 2000 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Robert Zemeckis

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Clark Gregg (screenplay), Sarah Kernochan (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Claire Spencer
Katharine Towne ... Caitlin Spencer
Miranda Otto ... Mary Feur
James Remar ... Warren Feur
Harrison Ford ... Norman Spencer
Victoria Bidewell ... Beatrice
Diana Scarwid ... Jody
Dennison Samaroo ... PhD Student #1
Jennifer Tung ... PhD Student #2
Eliott Goretsky Eliott Goretsky ... Teddy
Rachel Singer ... PhD Student #3
Daniel Zelman ... PhD Student #4
Ray Baker ... Dr. Stan Powell
Wendy Crewson ... Elena
Amber Valletta ... Madison Elizabeth Frank
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Storyline

Norman Spencer, a university research scientist, is growing more and more concerned about his wife, Claire, a retired concert cellist who a year ago was involved in a serious auto accident, and who has just sent off her daughter Caitlin (Norman's stepdaughter) to college. Now, Claire reports hearing voices and witnessing eerie occurrences in and around their lakeside Vermont home, including seeing the face of a young woman reflected in water. An increasingly frightened Claire thinks the phenomena have something to do with the couple living next door, especially since the wife has disappeared without apparent explanation. At her husband's urging, Claire starts to see a therapist; she tells him she thinks the house is being haunted by a ghost. His advice? Try to make contact. Enlisting the help of her best friend, Jody, and a ouija board, Claire seeks to find out the truth of What Lies Beneath. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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They have the perfect marriage and the perfect house, until she found out what was wrong. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for terror/violence, sensuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What Lies Beneath See more »

Filming Locations:

Burlington, Vermont, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,702,959, 23 July 2000

Gross USA:

$155,464,351

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$291,420,351
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The house depicted in the film was used for day scenes only. It was torn down after filming because it didn't meet local building codes. The rooms were duplicated on an L.A. sound stage for night scenes. See more »

Goofs

Adamant, Vermont is mentioned twice. Both times it's described as being "down 7", meaning southward on US Route 7, the principal north-south artery on Vermont's western edge. Route 7 passes through the Burlington/Lake Champlain area where the movie is set. Adamant is about 40 miles east of Route 7. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Claire Spencer: Good morning, Beauty. Let's go or we'll never leave on time.
Caitlin Spencer: I'm totally ready.
Claire Spencer: Come on. I'll make you some waffles.
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When the movie title first appears on screen, the word 'Lies' appears just before the rest of the title. See more »

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A 5 star achievement
17 May 2001 | by Darth_StatSee all my reviews

Somewhat like a homage to the thriller and horror genre, and especially Hitchcock. This movie is kind of very involved, thats why you can watch it again, because there are things about it that you want to re-see and want better explained, not that it isn't a complete viewing the first time around. It truly is a refreshingly new scare.

Zemekis refined the visual effects in this one, a huge mistake that was made with 99s 'The Haunting', basically because effects aren't scary especially when they make up 90% of the films scare crop. This one does have some effects and some very evident CGI effects but the way they are used is superb.

The first half of the movie is a red herring which is how it manages to keep your attention and the baddies confession is done in 3 diferent stages. Zemeckis uses the same ocean-blue look in the movie as he did with 'The freighteners' some time ago only this is a much higher achievement. It is in some way unsatisying that you can't forget it all after the first time so that you can go unsuspecting into it again.

I would have title this the pinacle of haunted house movies. As you will find on every review page we have the usual suspects presenting no or illogical cases for the negative, I guess I should be used to that by now but I still can't help groaning when I see "what's all the fuss about", one of the most common phrases on the database. Don't bother reading comments with a summary like that they just go on to either state what is a good quality and call it bad or just stuff like "dont watch it", "utterly ridiculous", "I personally hated it" which give no case to be considered.

Watch this one whatever you do and have minimal light hanging about the place, you will not be disappointed. It deserves no less than a 9.


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