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What Lies Beneath
(2000)
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Varèse Sarabande
(July 25th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are prepared to appreciate a technically adept adaptation of Bernard Herrmann's score from Psycho for the horror sequences in What Lies Beneath.

Avoid it... if the surprisingly and disappointingly mundane and sparse orchestration of Alan Silvestri's suspense cues for the first half of the film cannot compensate for those snappy moments of Herrmann inspiration later on.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #539
WRITTEN 8/16/00, REVISED 4/15/07
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What Lies Beneath: (Alan Silvestri) Was this film supposed to serious or was it meant to be satire? A film like What Lies Beneath proves that it truly doesn't matter if you place a director like Robert Zemeckis behind the camera and actors like Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer in front of it; if your screenplay is atrocious, then the film better rely on the humorous antics of the actors in order to survive. Unfortunately, newcomer Clark Gregg's screenplay for this film was so uninspired and predictable that critics universally twisted in their seats... not out of fright, but out of boredom. Ford and Pfeiffer are a wealthy couple who move to a mansion on the edge of a Vermont lake, and, just on cue, a whole slew of ghostly things start happening. One of the only redeeming aspects of What Lies Beneath was an attempt by Zemeckis to raise small tributes to the master of horror, Alfred Hitchcock. Some of these references were built into the script, with some elements stolen from Psycho and Rear Window, while others involved the typical flair for camera angles and movement. Another element of the film that was saturated with Hitchcock flavor was Alan Silvestri's score, which owes so much to Bernard Herrmann that it's hard to refer to the music from What Lies Beneath as being an original work. The collaboration between Zemeckis and Silvestri has been extremely fruitful over the years, but What Lies Beneath was their first horror venture together. They were reportedly working on two projects concurrently in 2000, with What Lies Beneath not even wrapped up in post-production before the two began looking forward to production on the more popularly anticipated fall release, Cast Away (despite the latter film containing only a few minutes of score material). Perhaps Zemeckis and Silvestri already knew what film and score critics were going to say about What Lies Beneath, and you're about to hear a representative dose of that criticism in the words below.



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4,076 TOTAL VOTES
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In retrospect, not so great   Expand >>
palanciyan - September 15, 2012, at 9:56 a.m.
1 comment  (662 views)
Sounds like Psycho
nic - January 22, 2003, at 4:59 p.m.
1 comment  (2197 views)
Ditched early for Cast Away?
Jason - September 19, 2001, at 3:10 p.m.
1 comment  (2244 views)
Bad fellowship for this score
Nicholas Smith - June 19, 2001, at 2:55 p.m.
1 comment  (2200 views)
What Lies Beneath - new Silvestri   Expand >>
Levente Benedek - March 25, 2001, at 8:44 a.m.
1 comment  (2763 views)
Music in What Lies Beneath   Expand >>
Mike Higson - November 1, 2000, at 1:56 a.m.
2 comments  (3127 views)
Newest: July 17, 2003, at 5:23 p.m. by
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 29:52
• 1. Main Title (1:12)
• 2. Panic Attack (2:58)
• 3. Ouija Board (1:14)
• 4. You Know (2:40)
• 5. Forbidden Fruit (5:31)
• 6. I Opened the Door (2:47)
• 7. The Getaway (2:44)
• 8. Reunited (3:53)
• 9. End Credits (6:33)

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