In this supernatural thriller, a woman believes that a visitor from another dimension is trying to guide her into a sinister mystery. Feeling lonely after her daughter leaves home for college, Claire (Michelle Pfeiffer) begins to sense that something is wrong in her house, and feels a spirit is trying to contact her. At first her husband Norman (Harrison Ford), a scientist doing research in genetics, attributes her paranormal beliefs to stress or possibly a nervous breakdown, and sends her to a psychiatrist (Joe Morton) who puts no more stock in Claire's stories than does Norman. While Claire's contention that someone or something sinister is afoot leads her down a number of blind alleys, in time she becomes convinced that the mysterious happenings at her home are somehow connected to the disappearance of a woman who was a student at the nearby college -- and bore a striking resemblance to Claire. What Lies Beneath marked the debut of screenwriter Clark Gregg, whose script is based on a story by himself and Sarah Kernochan; the supporting cast includes Diana Scarwid as Claire's best friend Jody, and James Remar and Miranda Otto as a contentious couple living next door. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
I was so scared watching this movie in the theater and then I rented it 6 months later when it came and I was still jumping in my seat. No matter how many times you see it, it will always keep you jumping. GREAT THRILLER!! Hasn't been one like it since.
This was a good strong film, showing you the isolation experienced by a woman caught in the midst of a supernatural experience. It's part mystery, part drama and part horror, but all good. The performances were excellent, and the story itself takes you through some twists and turns that you don't expect. The tone and pace were just right for the content.
I wasn't expecting much from this because it seemed to be in the theaters for a very short time and was never really spoken about. I have to say it's pretty good. Good old fashioned haunted house-type scares. It's a bonus to have two great actors like Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer perform in this suspenseful thriller. I highly recommend this to all just not horror fans.