It seems this is the summer for deeply chilling psychological horror movies, and "Stir of Echoes" comes close to giving champs "The Blair Witch Project" and "The Sixth Sense a good run for their money.
A spine-tingler about a blue-collar Chicago joe (Kevin Bacon) who -- after being hypnotized at a party -- becomes an unwilling "receiver" for the wishes of the dead, "Stir of Echoes" yields almost as many goose bumps in its first hour as those other heart-pounding flicks, thanks in part to Bacon's exhausting, frenetic performance.
Once this door to the other side has been opened in his head, he descends into apparent madness as he experiences flashes of violence deaths in his head and hallucinates other horrors, like the ghost of a dead neighbor girl who torments him with rage-filled but vague and apparitional suggestions of just vengeance against her unnamed assailants.
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