History Film / WhatLiesBeneath

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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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'''Unmarked spoilers ahead.'''

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'''Unmarked '''Some unmarked spoilers ahead.'''



* 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.]]
3rd Jun '16 12:03:35 PM TheAimz
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* EmpathicEnvironment: The film takes place from Summer to Winter, and the seasons gradually change as the story becomes darker. This is confirmed as a deliberate choice in the director's commentary.

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* EmpathicEnvironment: EnvironmentalSymbolism: The film takes place from Summer to Winter, and the seasons gradually change as the story becomes darker. This is confirmed as a deliberate choice in the director's commentary.
3rd Jun '16 12:02:50 PM TheAimz
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* FadeToWhite: [[spoiler:After avenging her own murder, Madison floats through the lake, now at peace, and as she closes her eyes the scene fades to white before transitioning to the final graveyard scene, symbolising that she's now passed into the afterlife.]]
3rd Jun '16 11:57:03 AM TheAimz
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* AndIMustScream: During the climax, [[spoiler:Norman drugs Claire with a paralysing agent, leaving her completely unable to move a muscle but fully aware of everything going on around her. He then places her in the bathtub in an attempt to drown her and make it look like suicide.]]



** Early on when Claire visits Norman at work, she overhears a discussion about a paralysing agent and witnesses it being tested on a rat. [[spoiler:Norman drugs Claire with the same agent in the climax.]]



* DeadpanSnarker: Norman has a tendency to snark a lot, as does Claire's friend Jody (particularly during the seance). Claire also gets at least one good snark in:
--> '''Claire:''' Oh, great. 'Could you check in on my wife? She’s hearing voices.' Yeah, wait until that gets around.



* DemonicPossession: Claire allows herself to be possessed by [[spoiler:Madison]], which allows her to find out the truth about [[spoiler:the affair]]. She later inadvertently allows another possession as [[spoiler:Norman attempts to drown her]].

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* DemonicPossession: Claire [[WillingChanneler allows herself to be possessed possessed]] by [[spoiler:Madison]], which allows her to find out the truth about [[spoiler:the affair]]. She later inadvertently allows another possession as [[spoiler:Norman attempts to drown her]].



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Norman claims Madison killed herself when he tried to break off their affair. He's lying. He also intends to make Claire's death look like this as well.]]
* EvilDetectingDog: Played with. Coop doesn't seem to detect ghosts or see any wrongdoing (aside from the scene where he barks at the lake instead of jumping in to get his ball). [[spoiler: Even when Norman is revealed to be the killer, [[PetTheDog he doesn't attack him]]. However when he sees Claire lying motionless in the tub, he refuses to leave her, prompting Norman to drag the dog out of the bathroom.]]

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Norman [[spoiler:Subverted. Norman claims Madison killed herself when he tried to break off their affair. He's lying. He also intends to make Claire's death look like this as well.]]
* EmpathicEnvironment: The film takes place from Summer to Winter, and the seasons gradually change as the story becomes darker. This is confirmed as a deliberate choice in the director's commentary.
* EvilDetectingDog: Played with. Coop Cooper doesn't seem to detect ghosts or see any wrongdoing (aside from the scene where he barks at the lake instead of jumping in to get his ball). [[spoiler: Even when Norman is revealed to be the killer, [[PetTheDog he doesn't attack him]]. However when he sees Claire lying motionless in the tub, he refuses to leave her, prompting Norman to drag the dog out of the bathroom.]]



* IdenticalStranger: Madison is physically very similar looking to Claire, which is acknowledged in-universe, [[spoiler:and may be one of the reasons why Norman had an affair with Madison]]. According to the director's commentary, Michelle Pfeiffer was extremely surprised when she first met Amber Valletta, as it was like looking at a younger version of herself.



* ItsAllAboutMe: Norman acts like something of a {{Jerkass}} towards Claire's haunting claims at first, apparently believing that she's inventing the claims for attention because of all the work he's been doing. He also tries to justify his [[spoiler:affair with Madison by blaming it on his and Claire's marital issues.]] His entire motivation for [[spoiler:killing Madison was to try and preserve his reputation/not get fired from his job, and when Claire figures everything out, he tries to murder her as well.]]



* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: [[spoiler: Norman first attempts to invoke this trope by claiming that Madison killed herself after he broke off the relationship. Then when he admits that he killed her, he still tried to invoke it by placing her body into her car and rolling it into the lake. He intends to make Claire's death look like a suicide as well]]

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* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: [[spoiler: Norman first attempts to invoke this trope by claiming that Madison killed herself after he broke off the relationship. Then when he admits that he killed her, he still tried to invoke it by placing her body into her car and rolling it into the lake. He intends to make Claire's death look like a suicide as well]]well.]]



* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:Norman's determination to kill Claire in the climax results in Madison's corpse being freed from her car at the bottom of the lake, allowing Madison to possess her own corpse to [[PayEvilUntoEvil exact her revenge on Norman]].]]



* NothingIsScarier: Much of the film runs on this.

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* NothingIsScarier: Much of the film runs on this.this, particularly the first half.



* TheOner: There are multiple, unbroken shots used throughout the film to increase the tension.



* SnowMeansDeath: [[spoiler: The film's final scene is of Claire placing a rose on Madison's tombstone, in the midst of a snowy winter day]]

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* SnowMeansDeath: [[spoiler: The film's final scene is of Claire placing a rose on Madison's tombstone, in the midst of a snowy winter day]]day.]]


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* 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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* TraumaCongaLine: The entire movie - as well as the events preceding it - is a long one of these for Claire. Her first husband and father of her daughter passed away some years prior to the film, then she has a car accident which leaves her with a spotty memory [[spoiler:after learning of Norman having an affair.]] Then her daughter Caitlin goes off to college, and given how close they are, this greatly upsets her. Then she starts experiencing supernatural events and becomes convinced that [[spoiler:her neighbour is the ghost, and was murdered by her husband]], only to be proven wrong - in public - utterly humiliating her. Then she finds out who the ghost really is, and, following said ghost possessing her, remembers [[spoiler:Norman's affair with Madison]]. ''Then'' she finds out that [[spoiler:Norman, the man she loves, murdered Madison, and nearly gets murdered by him herself before managing to escape.]] The poor woman has it ''rough''.
3rd Jun '16 1:15:18 AM TheAimz
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* AdultFear: Imagine learning that [[spoiler:the person you love is an unrepentant murderer.]]



** During the dinner party, Norman converses with a friend about a fellow instructor who has been caught sleeping with his student. [[spoiler:Norman himself had an affair with Madison, one of his students, and is revealed to have murdered her.]]

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** During the dinner party, Norman converses with a friend about a fellow instructor who has been caught sleeping with his student. [[spoiler:Norman himself had an affair with Madison, one of his students, and is revealed to have murdered her.her to keep their fling a secret.]]
** Early on, Claire tells Norman that he has a tendency to overreact. [[spoiler:This turns out to be a massive understatement - he murders Madison after she threatens to go to university authorities about their affair, and then tries to murder Claire when she figures out the truth.
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* GetOut: Claire yells this at Norman after [[spoiler:remembering his affair with Madison.]]



* MirrorScare: All over the place. This film will probably make you paranoid about looking into water or bathroom mirrors for a ''long'' time.

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* MirrorScare: All over the place.Several. This film will probably make you paranoid about looking into water or bathroom mirrors for a ''long'' time.


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* RewatchBonus: [[spoiler:On a repeat viewing, Norman's stunned reaction when Claire hands him Madison's "missing person" poster takes on a whole new meaning.]]


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* WhamShot: Towards the end, Claire is still suspicious [[spoiler:of Norman]], so she redials the last number called on the telephone... [[spoiler:and sees that he dialled ''411'' instead of 911.]] This is immediately followed up by [[spoiler:Norman suddenly appearing behind her and attacking her.]]
21st Mar '16 12:20:30 AM Scoutstr295
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* SupernaturalProofFather: Norman plays this annoyingly straight throughout much of the film.

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* SupernaturalProofFather: Norman plays this annoyingly straight throughout much of the film.film, but then comes to believe Claire's claims. [[spoiler:Then when it is revealed that he is Madison's killer, he says that he believed her "ghost story" was an attempt to catch him.]]
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