Stir of Echoes is a story of a regular joe from New York
(Kevin Bacon) who, during a block party, goads his sister-in-law
(Illyana Douglas) into trying to hypnotize him. She does so,
but in the process, opens something in his mind that lets
him hear and see the dead. From that point, the spirit of
a dead girl residing in his house begins to haunt him, trying
to communicate something to him. Kevin Bacon is superb in
this movie as he slowly begins to lose his sanity as the spirit
keeps driving him further, trying to discover her secret.
Originally advertised as a shocker flick, Stir of Echoes
really just comes across as a suspense movie with supernatural
overtones. There are some intense scenes when Bacon has his
visions, but don't expect this film to be like some of the
common hacker-horror flicks. Having not actually read the
original book, I don't know how true the movie sticks to Matheson's
tale (What Dreams May Come took some major liberties with
his book of the same title).
Come into this movie with an open mind. This is a quality,
entertaining movie that's well worth your time.