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15th Feb '17 3:05:58 PM Mdumas43073
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Zemeckis made the film during a hiatus for ''Film/CastAway'', while waiting for Creator/TomHanks to lose enough weight to play a man stranded on an island for four years.

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Zemeckis made the film during a hiatus for ''Film/CastAway'', while waiting for Creator/TomHanks to lose enough weight to play a man stranded on an island for four years.

'''Some unmarked '''WARNING: Unmarked spoilers ahead.'''
15th Feb '17 3:03:57 PM Mdumas43073
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''What Lies Beneath'' is a 2000 American supernatural horror-thriller film directed by Creator/RobertZemeckis. It stars Creator/HarrisonFord and Michelle Pfeiffer as Norman and Claire Spencer, a couple with a seemingly perfect marriage who experience a strange and terrifying haunting that uncovers secrets about their past and seems to threaten their lives.

Zemeckis made the film during a hiatus for ''CastAway'', waiting for Tom Hanks to lose enough weight to play a man stranded on an island for four years.

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''What Lies Beneath'' is a 2000 American supernatural horror-thriller film directed by Creator/RobertZemeckis. It stars Creator/HarrisonFord and Michelle Pfeiffer Creator/MichellePfeiffer as Norman and Claire Spencer, a couple with a seemingly perfect marriage who experience a strange and terrifying haunting that uncovers secrets about their past and seems to threaten their lives.

Zemeckis made the film during a hiatus for ''CastAway'', ''Film/CastAway'', while waiting for Tom Hanks Creator/TomHanks to lose enough weight to play a man stranded on an island for four years.
28th Jan '17 10:06:47 PM Idek618
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* ParentalIncest: [[spoiler:Norman hopes that with Claire's death, it would bring him and Caitlin, who resembles her mother Claire, closer to him and due to his psychotic nature, it could be more-then-friendly feelings.]]

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* ParentalIncest: [[spoiler:Norman hopes that with Claire's death, it would bring him and Caitlin, who resembles her mother Claire, closer to him and due to his psychotic nature, it could be more-then-friendly more-than-friendly feelings.]]



* TapOnTheHead: Averted. [[spoiler:Madison possessing the paralysed Claire startles Norman so badly he falls and smacks his head on the sink, resulting in his concussion and knocking him out cold. When he wakes up, he manages to make it downstairs before passing out again.]]

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* TapOnTheHead: Averted. [[spoiler:Madison possessing the paralysed paralyzed Claire startles Norman so badly he falls and smacks his head on the sink, resulting in his concussion and knocking him out cold. When he wakes up, he manages to make it downstairs before passing out again.]]



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The Spencer's dog, Cooper, completely disappears from the film after [[spoiler:Norman takes him out of the bathroom while he's trying to drown Claire]]. It's plausible that [[spoiler:Norman shut him in a room out of the way or a much darker theory is that Norman, due to his reserved AxCrazy nature, [[KickTheDog kills the dog]] somehow after he witness him trying to drown Claire]].

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The Spencer's dog, Cooper, completely disappears from the film after [[spoiler:Norman takes him out of the bathroom while he's trying to drown Claire]]. It's plausible that [[spoiler:Norman shut him in a room out of the way way, or a much darker theory is that Norman, due to his reserved AxCrazy nature, [[KickTheDog kills the dog]] somehow after he witness witnesses him trying to drown Claire]].
7th Dec '16 2:46:51 AM TheAimz
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** The look on Claire's face when [[spoiler:Norman states that he intends to use Claire's "suicide" as a way to get closer to Caitlin. It's strongly implied that he intends to get "closer" to his stepdaughter in a ''far'' more [[ParentalIncest intimate way]] than simple parental bonding...]]
7th Dec '16 2:42:54 AM TheAimz
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* DarkIsNotEvil: [[spoiler:Madison's ghost doesn't intend to harm Claire - she's merely trying to warn her of her husband's true nature.]]
22nd Oct '16 12:29:07 AM jeffreyloonychen
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* ParentalIncest: [[spoiler:Norman hopes that with Claire's death, it would bring him and Caitlin, who resembles her mother Claire, closer to him and due to his psychotic nature, it could be more-then-friendly feelings.]]
22nd Oct '16 12:22:20 AM jeffreyloonychen
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The Spencer's dog, Cooper, completely disappears from the film after [[spoiler:Norman takes him out of the bathroom while he's trying to drown Claire]]. It's plausible that [[spoiler:Norman shut him in a room out of the way]].

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The Spencer's dog, Cooper, completely disappears from the film after [[spoiler:Norman takes him out of the bathroom while he's trying to drown Claire]]. It's plausible that [[spoiler:Norman shut him in a room out of the way]].way or a much darker theory is that Norman, due to his reserved AxCrazy nature, [[KickTheDog kills the dog]] somehow after he witness him trying to drown Claire]].
24th Jun '16 11:53:33 AM TheAimz
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* WoundedGazelleGambit: [[spoiler:When Claire returns home the morning after storming out on Norman, she finds him unconscious in the bathtub, having apparently electrocuted himself. As it turns out, he's faking it.]]
13th Jun '16 7:28:19 AM TheAimz
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* {{Irony}}: Claire is terrified that their neighbor murdered his wife, [[spoiler: never realizing, until the end that her own husband is a killer and will try to kill her as well]].

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* {{Irony}}: Claire is terrified that their neighbor murdered his wife, [[spoiler: never realizing, until the end end, that her own husband is a killer and will try to kill her as well]].



* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The trailer ''completely'' spoils the fact that [[spoiler:Norman had an affair with Madison, and by extension also spoils that the subplot involving the couple next door is a RedHerring.]]

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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The Do ''not'' watch the trailer until you've seen the film. It ''completely'' spoils the fact that [[spoiler:Norman had an affair with Madison, and by extension also spoils that the subplot involving the couple next door is a RedHerring.]]RedHerring]], therefore sapping much of the movie of its suspense. [[spoiler:The final twist]], however, is thankfully not spoiled.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The Spencer's dog, Cooper, completely disappears from the film after [[spoiler:Norman takes him out of the bathroom while he's trying to drown Claire]]. It's plausible that [[spoiler:Norman shut him in a room out of the way]].
5th Jun '16 10:04:56 AM TheAimz
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* HappilyMarried: Deconstructed. Claire and Norman appear to be this on the surface, but as the film goes on it becomes clear that they have some marital issues, past and present. For one, Norman doesn't treat Claire's suspicions of the Feurs and her claims of supernatural events seriously and dismisses her concerns at virtually every turn (although [[spoiler:he does [[JerkassHasAPoint turn out to be correct]] in the case of the former]]). It is also implied that Norman made Claire choose between him and her career as a cellist, which she holds some resentment for. Then there's the fact that [[spoiler:Norman cheated on Claire a year prior to the events of the film]]... and that [[spoiler:he murdered Madison and then tries to do the same to Claire.]]



* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler: Norman killed Madison when she threatened to go to university authorities about their relationship, which would have likely gotten him fired and ruined his reputation, and he tries to kill Claire when she figures everything out]]

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* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler: Norman killed Madison when she threatened to go to university authorities about their relationship, which would have likely gotten him fired and ruined his reputation, and he tries to kill Claire when she figures everything out]]out.]]


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** Halfway through the film, Claire spots Warren Feur in a crowd and angrily confronts him over [[spoiler:murdering his wife]]. Cue [[spoiler:Mary Feur emerging from the toilet, very much alive and well.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler:Norman cheating on Claire with Madison is the driving force behind the plot.]]
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