What Lies Beneath

 (2,186)6.62 h 9 min2000X-RayPG-13
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.
Directors
Robert Zemeckis
Starring
Harrison FordMichelle PfeifferDiana Scarwid
Genres
SuspenseHorror
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Joe MortonAmber VallettaJames RemarMiranda OttoVictoria BirdwellKatharine TowneRachel SingerDan BlockMark Patrick CostelloWendy CrewsonVictoria Bidewell
Producers
Steve StarkeyJack RapkeRobert Zemeckis
Studio
DREAMWORKS SKG
Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Alcohol usefoul languagefrightening scenessexual contentviolence
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4.6 out of 5 stars

2186 global ratings

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  2. 14% of reviews have 4 stars
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K DudeReviewed in the United States on October 8, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent movie!
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This film is now a total classic. It's almost a high tech homage to Alfred Hitchcock with even more jumps and scares than he provided. Elements of "Rear Window" and "Psycho" are evident and then some in this. Michelle Pfeiffer more or less dominates in this film carrying it from start to finish in one of her careers most exciting performances during what is arguably the peak of her box office reign. Harrison Ford reveals another side of him in this character that makes you question whether he's good or bad. This was also the height of his fame as well. This film had two major stars in a huge blockbuster sharing the screen together, which was rare then and even rarer now since there really aren't movie stars of that caliber anymore. Also rare to have gifted actors in a scary picture together. Usually it's filled with bad actors giving redundant generic performances as teenagers, so this film is another reason to watch to see how the pros do it. There are moments that the camera seems to follow the actors around for quite some time before cutting, which is also rare considering that doing something like that can only work when you have two major actor players who are the real deal doing it. They're so good that you don't even realize the film hasn't cut unless you're looking for it. "What Lies Beneath" is a technically exceptional film made in the thriller genre.
60 people found this helpful
LailaReviewed in the United States on March 15, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
If you need a nap, this is the perfect movie.
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This movie was so boring, I forgot I was even watching it multiple times. Plot holes everywhere and other than Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford, the acting was terrible and cringy. Really silly story line and ever scene was 5 minutes longer than it needed to be. I kept hoping it would get better and pick up a bit, but it did not. Don't waste your time.
28 people found this helpful
Ron BakerReviewed in the United States on April 15, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Supernatural thriller
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Well done supernatural thriller with a layered plot and some spooky scares. As the story unfolds breadcrumbs and clever clues are revealed to the viewer challenging you to figure out the supernatural mystery. A puzzle that starts out like a modern "Rear Window" with character spying nefarious goings on with the neighbors.

Great sets, acting, cinematography and writing. A real sense of dread and tension builds throughout. Recommended.
20 people found this helpful
DorothyZReviewed in the United States on October 4, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great Hitchcock style thriller that boasts an impressive cast and ...
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Great Hitchcock style thriller that boasts an impressive cast and a well played out story. Robert Zemeckis loves his reflections and tricky camera work, and he's at the top of his game in this. Michelle Pfeiffer delivers a great "I swear, I'm not going crazy" performance, and it's nice to see Harrison Ford play a character that is completely different from some of his more classic roles. The supporting cast also does a really great job of setting the tone and creating a believable world where something like this could happen. I would argue that the story itself doesn't really reinvent the wheel from a thriller perspective, but it doesn't need to, because what it does, it does so well.
25 people found this helpful
Frank BaranskyReviewed in the United States on October 25, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Channeling Hitchcock
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With Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford in the lead roles, you know this will be a movie worth your time and "What Lies Beneath" doesn't disappoint. We've come to expect in films that quaint little New England towns are usually prime settings for half buried secrets of violence yearning to be discovered. Initially all appears to be well until we are slowly introduced to Claire's troubled past and newly troubling experiences suggesting mental instability. As the story progresses we are no longer sure of who is manipulating perceptions to their advantage and who is really a victim. The plot is full of satisfying twists and turns, until in the end, some justice is realized at the hands of "What Lies Beneath". A stylistically appropriate musical soundtrack that creates the atmospherics for this genre from eerie supernatural to ramped up hysteria. Suspense ala Hitchcock for those who long for the storytelling style of the master from "the other side".
8 people found this helpful
denvergalReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Edge of your seat
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I saw this several times back in the day when it first came out.
I rented it recently thinking maybe since I'm older it wouldn't be as good. Nope...still amazing and my friends thoroughly enjoyed it as well!
You wont fall asleep during this movie!
26 people found this helpful
Life Lessons Reviewed in the United States on October 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
When movies use to be good!!! Excellent movie!
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Such a great mysterious, scary, and thriller of a movie. I couldn't predict what was going to happen next. The story felt real, acting was on point, and I jumped a few times throughout the movie. The Vermont setting fit the movie very well, I love that house and green scenery. Back in the early 2000's was when movies were still made correctly, with the camera staying on the actor and the camera moving slowly, now movie cameras go fast and scary movies have to much gruesome and silly dialogue, no thank you! lol I remember seeing this movie in the theaters feeling shocked, pleased, and feeling a little scared when I got home, and when taking baths lol. It is indeed an unforgettable thriller movie. Enjoy!
4 people found this helpful
ProfessorReviewed in the United States on October 4, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Cliched, derivative, and just plain stupid
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Totally derivative, stealing from not only Hitchcock (Rear Window, Vertigo) but also William Castle (The Tingler, 13 Ghosts, The House on Haunted Hill), with two unlikeable characters about whom we care nothing.

The string of horror movie cliches is so long, I don't have enough space to go through the list.

The "twist" in the third act could have been predicted by any 12 year old.

We have to suffer through two big name actors earning their paychecks while trying to keep a straight face.

And the film is way too long. It drags interminably in the first and second acts.

Hollywood dreck. Avoid it. The only good thing is that it's free for Prime members, if they're in a mood for something really dumb.
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