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Stir of Echoes

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Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Erbe, ...

The title Stir of Echoes is apt: Virtually every element of this low-key thriller is as familiar as your own voice bouncing off a canyon wall. Granted, the Richard Matheson novel it’s based on is decades old, but today it plays like derivative horror gumbo, its ingredients reminiscent of ”The Sixth Sense” (”I too see dead people” could be ”Stir”’s tag line), ”The Dead Zone” (frighteningly opaque premonitions), ”The Shining” (telepathic white boy comforted by kindly telepathic black man), ”Poltergeist” (gross hallucination at bathroom mirror), even ”Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (obsessive construction projects).

Reel Goodies Bacon, in a move that must have resulted in high fives when the camera stopped rolling, impulsively kicks a bucket directly into a (closed) second-story window. The Last Detail Kevin Bacon will next appear — or will he — in Paul Verhoeven’s invisible-guy flick ”The Hollow Man.”