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26th May '17 11:17:09 PM DrOO7
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* RealityHasNoSoundtrack: There's no music during the bathtub sequence, just the sound of running water. The sound itself is even muted as the water comes up over Claire's ears, as would happen in RealLife.
8th May '17 2:50:14 PM lolface123
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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: [[spoiler: Madison repossesses her own corpse and briefly becomes a RevenantZombie to exact her revenge on Norman.]]
1st May '17 2:46:37 PM Silverblade2
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* [[CatScare Dog Scare]]: How the [[spoiler:seance]] ends.

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* [[CatScare Dog Scare]]: CatScare: How the [[spoiler:seance]] ends.



* DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler:At first, much like the revelation of Creator/EmmaRoberts' role in ''Film/{{Scream 4}}'', it seems Norman was just another heroic male lead for Harrison Ford to play opposite Michelle Pfeiffer's female lead as Claire, but then, it's revealed Norman is the BigBad, while Claire is the sole main protagonist.]]

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* DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler:At first, much like the revelation of Creator/EmmaRoberts' role in ''Film/{{Scream 4}}'', first it seems Norman was just another heroic male lead for Harrison Ford to play opposite Michelle Pfeiffer's female lead as Claire, but then, it's revealed Norman is the BigBad, while Claire is the sole main protagonist.]]
23rd Apr '17 11:41:14 PM Scoutstr295
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* WellDoneSonGuy: It is mentioned a few times that Norman's deceased father was also a successful scientist, and Norman is working hard to follow in his footsteps. [[spoiler:It's implied that a desire to live up to his dad's reputation is the root cause for Norman's homicidal tendencies.]]
23rd Apr '17 11:28:06 PM Scoutstr295
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* FreezeFrameBonus: [[spoiler:Madison]] is briefly seen reflected in the bath water for a second time (during the "YOU KNOW") scene. She only appears for about a second. Another example occurs at the very end of the film: [[spoiler:as the camera pans down and the screen fades to black, an image of Madison's face can be seen in the snow.]]

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* FreezeFrameBonus: [[spoiler:Madison]] is briefly seen reflected in the bath water for a second time (during the "YOU KNOW") scene.KNOW" scene). She only appears for about a second. Another example occurs at the very end of the film: [[spoiler:as the camera pans down and the screen fades to black, an image of Madison's face can be seen in the snow.]]
23rd Apr '17 11:19:54 PM Scoutstr295
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** In the next scene, Norman and a friend discuss a colleague who's gotten in trouble for being involved with a student. [[spoiler:The big reveal is that Claire is being haunted by a student Norman slept with.]]
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.

'''Some unmarked spoilers ahead.'''

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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...]]
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