What Lies Beneath (2000)

beneahDirector: Robert Zemeckis

Writer: Clark Gregg (Screenplay) Clark Gregg, Sarah Kernochan (Story)

Starring: Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Remar, Katharine Towne, Miranda Otto, Diana Scarwid

 

Plot: 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.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Chilling Thriller

 

Story: What Lies Beneath starts as Claire (Pfeiffer) and Norman (Ford) Spencer seem to have the perfect marriage as they witness their only daughter Caitlin (Towne) head off to college. They have recently had new neighbours Mary (Otto) and Warren (Remar) who Claire believes Warren has harmed Mary.

Alone in the house Claire starts to try and investigate what happened only to find herself haunted by strange goings on including her front door randomly opening. Claire starting to question her own sanity believes she is being haunted by a ghost and she thinks it is the neighbour she thinks got killed but the truth will leave her shocked.

What lies Beneath is the type of horror I love to watch where it is a ghost trying to communicate with a living person to get to the bottom of their death. The stand out thing is that we don’t have a slow build up we get straight into the paranoia level for Claire to end up in through the film. We are left guessing which is great as we do get a false lead to where the story is going. The fact this keeps us on edge makes this a top horror mystery to be enjoyed with all the chilling side.

 

Actor Review

 

Michelle Pfeiffer: Claire is the wife of Norman and mother of Caitlin who has moved to college, she finds herself alone in the house at times where she finds herself being haunted by a ghost who is trying to communicate with her and the truth will leave her wondering everything about her life. Michelle is great in this role filled with fear throughout.cliare

Harrison Ford: Norman is the university professor working in the field of genetics who has been leaving his wife in their home alone. He doesn’t believe she is being haunted and in fact thinks she is just reacting to being alone. Harrison is great as we are left wondering about his true nature throughout.norman

Diana Scarwid: Jody is the best friend of Claire who helps her try to get to the bottom of the hauntings in the house, she helps with the ghost hunting and is the supportive friend needed. Diana is good in the supporting role.

James Remar: Warren is the neighbour that Claire first suspects has killed his wife, he comes off abusive making him an easy false subject. James is good in this role which is only a supporting one.

Support Cast: What lies Beneath has a supporting cast that only help with trying to solve whether Claire is sane or not.

Director Review: Robert ZemeckisRobert gives us a horror mystery that keeps us guessing throughout with plenty of twists and getting straight into the action.

 

Horror: What lies Beneath has wonderfully built up horror with scares that use the jump scares correctly.

Mystery: What lies Beneath does keep us guessing to what will happen next through the film as we see everything unfold.

Thriller: What lies Beneath has you on edge once you learn the truth about what is happening.

Settings: What lies Beneath uses the lake house setting for the film which shows how isolated Claire really is feeling during her experience.
Special Effects
: What lies Beneath has good effects when needed but really uses the build-up for effects.

Suggestion: What lies Beneath is one for all the horror fans to watch (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Surprise in Harrison Ford Character.

Worst Part: Certain final effects look weak.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $100 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 10 Minutes

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

 

Overall: Mystery horror that just keeps us guessing from start to finish

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Fantasy Film Casting – Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune

Let’s Recast a Film

You know how us film fans always want to recast a film, well today we play the role of producer and this script has turned up on our desk. The next job is to cast the film as if it the year is 2016, the rules are as simple you can’t use anyone who is in the original film however good or bad you think the film is. So without further ado let’s cast this movie. I have chosen just the first game and will be doing the addition characters in the future.

Film: Uncharted: Drake’s Fortuneuncharted

Cast: Scott Eastwood, Gemma Arterton, Kevin Costner, Danny Huston, Oscar Isaac

Why I have picked this star:

Nathan Drake – Scott Eastwood nathan Nathan is the Indiana Jones o the gaming world, he is wise cracking always getting himself into trouble while travelling the world to find his family’s legacy in his search for El Dorado. I could have gone Chris Pratt because it would be fair to say he would be the easy choice but I feel this need to be the franchise so a chance for Scott to break through. Scott will bring the look for the role and with the right mentor character we can see this be his own franchise much like the ones his father once did.

Elena Fisher – Gemma Arterton elena Elena is the reporter that helps fund Nathan’s exhibitions and needs to have great chemistry with him too. Gemma would work in this role because she is used to playing strong female characters which Elena is.

Victor Sullivan – Kevin Costner sully Victor or Sully is the mentor and partner of Nathan who have worked together for years, this character needs to come of wise but also just as troublemaking as Nathan. Kevin has worked on massive projects in his career and now he has accepted he is old persona when it comes to film. Kevin playing this role works because he would be the wiser character having been there himself he can use his experience to become Sullivan the seasoned veteran of the treasure hunting business.

Gabriel Roman – Danny Huston ramon Roman is the villain of the piece that is trying to collect a debt owed to him by Sully, he will kill anyone who gets in his way also travelling with his army. Danny is always going to be the good choice for any bad guy and I see him being perfect for this role

Eddy Raja – Oscar Isaac eddy Eddy is the leader of a group of pirates hired by Roman to get everything done for him before his own greed takes over. I have chosen Oscar because he is happy to be a supporting character and with this role he can have as much fun as he likes in this role.

How will this work on Film: Uncharted Drake’s Fortune is one of my favourite video games along with the two sequels I have played. I would love to see this become a franchise because they are pure fun which will make a great popcorn flick.

Will you be going to see this new version of the film?
Who would you rather see in this film?

New Release – Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

Is released on digital download 20th June and on DVD and Blu-ray 27th June.

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It’s Pride and Prejudice like you’ve never seen it before, as Jane Austen’s 19th Century classic is invaded by hordes of flesh-eating zombies! With its killer premise, an incredible cast of established stars and Hollywood’s hottest rising talent, and big, blood-splattered action, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is the literary-monster mash-up you’ve been waiting to feast on!

Key Talent:

Lily James (Cinderella, Wrath of the Titans)

Sam Riley (Control, On The Road, Maleficent)

Suki Waterhouse (Insurgent, Pusher, Love Rosie)

Lena Headey (TV’s Game of Thrones, Dredd)

Charles Dance (TV’s Game of Thrones, The Imitation Game)

Matt Smith (TV’s Doctor Who, Terminator Genisys)

Douglas Booth (Jupiter Ascending, Loving Vincent)

Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason)

Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, The Imitation Game, Alien 3)

Jack Huston (Ben-Hur, American Hustle)

Director:

Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down, Charlie St. Cloud)

Synopsis:

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is a fresh twist on Jane Austen’s widely celebrated novel.

 A mysterious plague has fallen upon 19th century England, the land is overrun with the undead and feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry.

Casting aside personal and social prejudices, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) must unite on the blood-soaked battlefield to rid the country of the zombie menace and discover their true love for one another.