Movie-a-Day Challenge: What Lies Beneath

What lies beneath movie posterThis post is part of my movie-a-day challenge in which I will watch a film every day for 365 days. Today is Day 221! You can see all the posts for this challenge HERE. To see the original Movie-a-Day Challenge post, click HERE.

Hey friends!

So, I finally got around to watching the 2000 classic “What Lies Beneath,” directed by Robert Zemeckis. I know, I know, I’m super late to the party, but better late than never, right?

The movie kicks off with Claire Spencer, played by the amazing Michelle Pfeiffer, living her seemingly perfect life in a beautiful lakeside home with her husband, Norman. Norman is a hotshot scientist, and Claire is a retired concert cellist. Everything seems idyllic until Claire starts experiencing some seriously creepy stuff in their house.

It all begins with strange noises and doors opening on their own. Like, if my door started doing that, I’d be outta there so fast! But Claire, being the brave soul she is, decides to investigate. She starts seeing the ghostly figure of a woman and becomes convinced their house is haunted. Can you imagine seeing a ghost while trying to enjoy your morning coffee? Nope, not me. ☕👻

The plot thickens when Claire becomes convinced that a ghost is haunting her house. She tries to convince her husband, Norman (played by Ford), but he thinks she’s just stressed and imagining things. Classic skeptical husband move, am I right? But as the strange occurrences escalate, even Norman starts to question what’s real and what’s not.

So, Claire does what any of us would do—she turns to her bestie for help. Her friend Jody, played by Diana Scarwid, is skeptical at first but still supportive. That’s what friends are for, right? Claire even tries a séance to contact the ghost. Spoiler: it doesn’t end well. And the ghost seems to be trying to tell Claire something important.

Now, I don’t want to give too much away (spoiler alert!), but let’s just say the truth behind the haunting is a lot more twisted than anyone could have imagined. We’re talking dark secrets and a murder mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Pfeiffer’s performance is absolutely mesmerizing. She nails the transition from a carefree housewife to a woman on the edge as she becomes increasingly paranoid and obsessed with uncovering the truth. And Ford, as always, delivers a solid performance as the seemingly perfect husband with a hidden dark side.

One thing I loved about “What Lies Beneath” is the way it builds tension. Zemeckis really knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat.

So yeah, if you’re a fan of psychological thrillers with a supernatural twist (which I am!), then “What Lies Beneath” is definitely worth a watch. Just be prepared to sleep with the lights on for a few nights afterwards.

Until tomorrow,


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