History Film / WhatLiesBeneath

18th Nov '17 7:07:51 PM DrOO7
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* {{Homage}}: Some scenes are an homage to ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' and ''Film/RearWindow''.

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* {{Homage}}: Some scenes are an homage to ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' and ''Film/RearWindow''.''Film/RearWindow''--Claire collapses over the bathtub almost exactly as Marion Crane did, with the same camera angle.



** Robert Zemekis consciously shot the film in the style of Creator/AlfredHitchcock, if he had access to digital technology. Also, there are many references to Hitchcock films, such as ''Film/{{Psycho}}'', ''Film/RearWindow'', ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'', ''Film/{{Rebecca}}'' and ''Film/{{Spellbound}}''.

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** Robert Zemekis consciously shot the film in the style of Creator/AlfredHitchcock, if he had access to digital technology. Also, there are many references to Hitchcock films, such as ''Film/{{Psycho}}'', ''Film/{{Psycho}}''--[[spoiler: the supposed nice guy who turns out to be a killer is named "Norman", the way Claire falls over the bathtub is almost identical to how Marion Crane does]], ''Film/RearWindow'', ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'', ''Film/{{Rebecca}}'' and ''Film/{{Spellbound}}''.
14th Nov '17 11:21:40 PM DrOO7
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** [[spoiler: The couple go out for a sail. The boat is hitched to the truck Claire escapes in and the mast breaks the window, dislodging Madison's corpse and allowing Claire to escape.]]



* DidntThinkThisThrough: [[spoiler: Norman's clearly gone completely mad by the film's end, because it never occurred to him that his plans to stage Claire's suicide won't work--there are signs of a struggle, he's drugged her, etc.]]



* FinallyFoundTheBody: Madison.



* IdiotBall: Claire goes out in the middle of the night to find evidence that Norman killed Madison and confronts him about it right then and there instead of waiting till he's at work. Of course he tries to kill her too.

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* IdiotBall: [[spoiler: Claire goes out in the middle of the night to find evidence that Norman killed Madison and confronts him about it right then and there instead of waiting till he's at work. Of course he tries to kill her too.too]].



* MatchCut: Clair hugs Caitlin as they're packing up the car and can't bring herself to let go. The next shot is of them hugging at the university.



* RedHerring: [[spoiler: The couple next door are perfectly nice -- if a bit intense -- and neither is dead or a murderer.]]

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* RedHerring: [[spoiler: The couple next door are perfectly nice -- if a bit intense -- and neither is dead or a murderer. Also, while Madeline's spirit is vengeful, her anger is directed at Norman. She has no desire to hurt Claire. If anything, she's trying to warn her.]]


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* RisingWaterRisingTension: Twice. Once in something as mundane as a bathtub, the other in a car.


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* TrappedInASinkingCar: [[spoiler: Norman and Claire at the climax. Claire almost gets out, but Norman grabs on to her and tries to pull a TakingYouWithMe before Madison's corpse comes to the rescue.]]
14th Nov '17 10:37:37 PM DrOO7
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* IdiotBall: Claire goes out in the middle of the night to find evidence that Norman killed Madison and confronts him about it right then and there instead of waiting till he's at work. Of course he tries to kill her too.
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.'''
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