What Lies Beneath


What Lies Beneath

Overview:

When Claire Spencer starts hearing ghostly voices and seeing spooky images, she wonders if an otherworldly spirit is trying to contact her. All the while, her husband tries to reassure her by telling her it's all in her head. But as Claire investigates, she discovers that the man she loves might know more than he's letting on.

Votes 482 (6.3/10)

Runtime: 130 minutes

Release Date 2000-07-21

Budget: $100,000,000.00

Revenue: $155,464,351.00

Tagline: He was the perfect husband until his one mistake followed them home.

Production company:

  • DreamWorks SKG
  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • ImageMovers

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Drama
  • Horror
  • Mystery
  • Thriller

Trailer

Further Information

Dr. Norman Spencer
Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
Claire Spencer
Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer
Jody
Diana Scarwid
Diana Scarwid
Warren Feur
James Remar
James Remar
Mary Feur
Miranda Otto
Miranda Otto
Dr. Stan Powell
Ray Baker
Ray Baker
Elena
Wendy Crewson
Wendy Crewson
Madison Elizabeth Frank
Amber Valletta
Amber Valletta
Caitlin Spencer
Katharine Towne
Katharine Towne
Beatrice
Victoria Bidewell
Victoria Bidewell
Dr. Drayton
Joe Morton
Joe Morton
Mrs. Frank
Micole Mercurio
Micole Mercurio
Mrs. Templeton
Sloane Shelton
Sloane Shelton
PhD Student #3
Rachel Singer
Rachel Singer
PhD Student #4
Daniel Zelman
Daniel Zelman
Director
Robert Zemeckis
Robert Zemeckis
Screenplay
Clark Gregg
Clark Gregg
Producer
Robert Zemeckis
Robert Zemeckis
Original Music Composer
Alan Silvestri
Alan Silvestri
Director of Photography
Don Burgess
Don Burgess
Editor
Arthur Schmidt
Arthur Schmidt
Casting
Marcia DeBonis
Marcia DeBonis
Casting
Ellen Lewis
Ellen Lewis
Production Design
Rick Carter
Rick Carter
Production Design
William James Teegarden
William James Teegarden
Art Direction
Stefan Dechant
Stefan Dechant
Art Direction
Tony Fanning
Tony Fanning
Art Direction
Elizabeth Lapp
Elizabeth Lapp
Set Decoration
Karen O'Hara
Karen O'Hara
Costume Design
Susie DeSanto
Susie DeSanto
Costume Supervisor
Elinor Bardach
Elinor Bardach
Story
Sarah Kernochan
Sarah Kernochan
Associate Producer
Steven J. Boyd
Steven J. Boyd
Executive Producer
Joan Bradshaw
Joan Bradshaw
Executive Producer
Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson
Associate Producer
Cherylanne Martin
Cherylanne Martin
Producer
Jack Rapke
Jack Rapke
Producer
Steve Starkey
Steve Starkey
Art Department Coordinator
Chris Cummings
Chris Cummings
Assistant Art Director
Andrew Menzies
Andrew Menzies
Construction Coordinator
John Villarino
John Villarino
Construction Foreman
Chris Chichotka
Chris Chichotka
Greensman
Carlo Basail
Carlo Basail
Leadman
David C. Potter
David C. Potter
Location Scout
Seth Blackman
Seth Blackman
Set Decoration
Richie Kawamoto
Richie Kawamoto
Set Designer
Beverli Eagan
Beverli Eagan
Standby Painter
Tony Leonardi
Tony Leonardi
Camera Operator
Robert Presley
Robert Presley
First Assistant Camera
Joe A. Ponticelle
Joe A. Ponticelle
Key Grip
Richard Mall
Richard Mall
Steadicam Operator
Robert Presley
Robert Presley
Still Photographer
François Duhamel
François Duhamel
Underwater Camera
Carla Corwin
Carla Corwin
Costume Design
Bernie Pollack
Bernie Pollack
Hairstylist
Alan D'Angerio
Alan D'Angerio
Key Hair Stylist
Janice Alexander
Janice Alexander
Makeup Artist
Michael Laudati
Michael Laudati
Seamstress
Caroline Errington
Caroline Errington
Set Costumer
Dennis McCarthy
Dennis McCarthy
Set Dressing Artist
William Acedo
William Acedo
Additional Music
Udi Harpaz
Udi Harpaz
Carpenter
Cameron Matheson
Cameron Matheson
Craft Service
John Wright Jr.
John Wright Jr.
Digital Effects Supervisor
Richard Kidd
Richard Kidd
Driver
Rodney Lee Bennett
Rodney Lee Bennett
Loader
Rob Rubin
Rob Rubin
Mix Technician
Kent Sparling
Kent Sparling
Picture Car Coordinator
John 'J.P.' Pratt
John 'J.P.' Pratt
Post Production Assistant
Kevin Du Toit
Kevin Du Toit
Post-Production Manager
Patrick Esposito
Patrick Esposito
Production Controller
Jim Turner
Jim Turner
Projection
Eliot Yaffe
Eliot Yaffe
Propmaker
Randy L. Childs
Randy L. Childs
Property Master
Michael Gastaldo
Michael Gastaldo
Scenic Artist
Ralph Contrado
Ralph Contrado
Second Unit Director of Photography
Steve Starkey
Steve Starkey
Set Medic
Judy Malinoski
Judy Malinoski
Set Production Assistant
Anna E. Hayward
Anna E. Hayward
Software Engineer
Chris Allen
Chris Allen
Special Effects Coordinator
Charles Belardinelli
Charles Belardinelli
Stand In
Randy Crowder
Randy Crowder
Stunt Coordinator
Tim A. Davison
Tim A. Davison
Stunts
Jack Carpenter
Jack Carpenter
Systems Administrators & Support
Richard Bugge
Richard Bugge
Transportation Captain
Randy Cantor
Randy Cantor
Transportation Coordinator
Joel Marrow
Joel Marrow
Unit Production Manager
Cherylanne Martin
Cherylanne Martin
Unit Publicist
Jane E. Russell
Jane E. Russell
Utility Stunts
Leigh Hennessy
Leigh Hennessy
Video Assist Operator
David Deever
David Deever
Visual Effects Editor
Guy T. Wiedmann
Guy T. Wiedmann
First Assistant Director
Carla Corwin
Carla Corwin
Script Supervisor
Luca Kouimelis
Luca Kouimelis
Color Timer
Jeff Smithwick
Jeff Smithwick
Dialogue Editor
Ewa Sztompke
Ewa Sztompke
Editorial Production Assistant
Peter Ciardelli
Peter Ciardelli
First Assistant Editor
Jeremiah O'Driscoll
Jeremiah O'Driscoll
Best Boy Electric
Edward J. Cox
Edward J. Cox
Electrician
Ken Berkhout
Ken Berkhout
Gaffer
Steven C. McGee
Steven C. McGee
Rigging Gaffer
Brad Emmons
Brad Emmons
Rigging Grip
Michael Maloney
Michael Maloney
Casting Associate
Amanda Koblin
Amanda Koblin
Location Manager
Gregory Alpert
Gregory Alpert
Production Accountant
Ken Ryan
Ken Ryan
Production Coordinator
Matthew J. Birch
Matthew J. Birch
Production Supervisor
Peter M. Tobyansen
Peter M. Tobyansen
Researcher
Jason Corgan Brown
Jason Corgan Brown
ADR Supervisor
Marilyn McCoppen
Marilyn McCoppen
Boom Operator
Earl Sampson
Earl Sampson
Assistant Sound Editor
Colin O'Neill
Colin O'Neill
Foley
Tony Eckert
Tony Eckert
Music Editor
Kenneth Karman
Kenneth Karman
Production Sound Mixer
William B. Kaplan
William B. Kaplan
Sound Designer
Randy Thom
Randy Thom
Sound Effects Editor
Andrea Gard
Andrea Gard
Supervising Sound Editor
Dennis Leonard
Dennis Leonard
Digital Compositors
Colin Drobnis
Colin Drobnis
Special Effects Supervisor
Thomas L. Bellissimo
Thomas L. Bellissimo
Visual Effects Coordinator
Ruth Greenberg
Ruth Greenberg
Visual Effects Supervisor
Robert Legato
Robert Legato
Storyboard
P.K. MacCarthy
P.K. MacCarthy
Sound Design Assistant
Beau Borders
Beau Borders
Idea
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
Additional Photography
David Boyd
David Boyd

John Chard

You're not yourself today are you? Claire and Norman Spencer's marriage starts to fall apart when she believes there is a ghost in the house. Things gather apace when Claire is convinced that the spirit is trying to tell her something. Something that could be too close to home for comfort. Robert Zemeckis does Hitchcock? Well yes, the influence is obvious, unashamedly so. But the trouble with that, is having the maestro as a benchmark renders all other modern day attempts as folly. However, casting aside that gargantuan issue, What Lies Beneath is an effective creeper come thriller that boasts star credentials. Directed by Zemeckis, formed from an idea by Steven Spielberg (from the story by Sarah Kernochan) and starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer as the fragmenting Spencer's. That's a pretty tidy bunch from which to launch your movie. What follows is a mixture of genuine unease and mystery, red herrings and standard boo jump moments, all of which almost gets lost on a saggy middle section as Zemeckis plays Hitchcock one too many times and loses sight of the supernatural heart of the piece, not helped by Clark Gregg's meandering script I might add. None the less, the picture gets pulled around for the finale as the spooky combines with thriller to produce some quality edge of the seat stuff. But it's only then that you totally realise that the makers here have tried to cram too much in to one film. In eagerness to manipulate the audience for the fine ending (though you probably will have it worked out at the half way point) the film just ends up as being confused as to what it mostly wanted to be. Pfeiffer is excellent and looks stunning and Ford gives it gusto when the script allows. Support comes from Diana Scarwid, Joe Morton, Miranda Otto and James Remar. The house is suitably eerie with its waterside setting and Alan Silvestri's score is perfectly in tune with the creepy elements of the piece. It's a fine enough film in its own right, regardless of the Hitchcockian homages. It's just that it should have been a far better horror picture than it turned out to be. 7/10

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