Haunted Movie Review:
Stir of Echoes (1999)

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David Koepp


Richard Matheson (novel)
David Koepp (screenplay)


Zachary David Cope … Jake
Kevin Bacon … Tom
Kathryn Erbe … Maggie
Illeana Douglas … Lisa

Plot Summary

Tom Witzky (Kevin Bacon) is a typical working-class guy living in Chicago with his wife Maggie (Kathryn Erbe) and his son Jake (Zachary David Cope). One night at a party, Tom gets into a lively discussion with his sister-in-law Lisa (Illeana Douglas), who believes in psychic communication and the power of hypnosis. He challenges Lisa to hypnotize him, and she plants in him a post-hypnotic suggestion to be more open-minded. But the results aren’t what Lisa or Tom expected; Tom now senses an air of menace in his house and is convinced that danger waits around every corner. He also sees the spirit of a neighborhood girl who disappeared months ago.

Main Characters

Zachary David Cope is Jake Witzky… Tom Witzky’s gifted son that can see and talk to dead people.

Kevin Bacon is Tom Witzky… an unsuspecting blue collar man whose middle class life is about to be turned upside down.

Kathryn Erbe plays Maggie Witzky, Tom Witzky’s pregnant wife.

Illeana Douglas is Lisa… Tom Witzky’s sister-in-law, who hypnotizes Tom at a party and sends him into a trance after which Tom’s life will never be the same.

Jennifer Morrison is Samantha Kozac, a homicide victim turned ghost who befriends Tom’s son, Jake.

Liza Weil is Debbie Kozac… distraught sister of Samantha Kozac, and current babysitter for Jake Witzky.


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