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Haunted Movie Review:
What Lies Beneath (2000)

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Robert Zemeckis


Clark Gregg … (screenplay)

Sarah Kernochan … (story) and
Clark Gregg … (story)


Michelle Pfeiffer … Claire Spencer
Katharine Towne … Caitlin Spencer
Miranda Otto … Mary Feur
James Remar … Warren Feur
Harrison Ford … Norman Spencer

Plot Summary

Norman Spencer, a university research scientist, is growing increasingly 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 says she’s hearing voices and witnessing eerie occurrences in and around their lakeside Vermont home, including seeing the face of a strange young woman reflected in water. Increasingly frightened, Claire thinks the phenomena have something to do with the couple living next door, especially since the wife has disappeared with no apparent explanation. At her husband’s urging, Claire starts seeing 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.

Main Characters

Michelle Pfeiffer is Clair Spencer… the anxiety stricken, psychologically wrecked housewife tormented by a past and a future that leave much unanswered.

Harrison Ford is Norman Spencer… the workaholic scientist and husband of emotionally wrecked Claire.

Diana Scarwid is Jodie… the comically relieving best friend whose one-liners and light air provide temporary distraction from the suspense-building film.


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