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''Hide and Seek'' is a 2005 PsychologicalHorror film directed by John Polson, starring Creator/RobertDeNiro and a then relatively-unknown Creator/DakotaFanning.

This film is about a psychiatrist named David Callaway (De Niro), who moves to upstate New York with his daughter Emily (Fanning) following the suicide of her mother (Creator/AmyIrving). While settling into their new home, Emily begins conversing with an imaginary friend named Charlie, while at the same time becoming close to Laura (Melissa Leo) and Steven (Creator/RobertJohnBurke), a neighboring couple who lost their own daughter to cancer.

Emily's irrational behavior starts to worry David, and things come to a head when a woman he has befriended named Elizabeth (Elisabeth Shue) is killed while she is playing with Emily. Emily blames the murder on Charlie. David confronts his neighbor, believing him to be "Charlie", and drives him away... only to be immediately confronted with the ''real'' Charlie, [[spoiler: his own psychotic alternate personality.]]

!!This film contains examples of:

* [[spoiler: BrokenBird: Emily when it's revealed ''why'' she's the way she is]].
%%* CatScare
* [[spoiler: CreepyBasement: Used brilliantly near the end too]].
* CheerfulChild: Amy [[spoiler: at least until Emily wrecks her doll.]]
* CreepyChild: Emily throughout most of the film.
* CreepyChildrenSinging: During the end credits.
* CreepyDoll: Several [[spoiler: after Emily trashes them.]]
* DaddysGirl: Averted. Emily is cold or hostile towards David throughout the film. Even at the beginning of the film before she is traumatized, Emily seems closer to her mother.
* DullSurprise: What some critics have accused De Niro of doing as David. [[spoiler: As Charlie, not as much.]]
%%* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Emily.
* TheEndOrIsIt: There are five different endings, four of which play this straight.
** At the end of the movie in the US release, after [[spoiler: David/Charlie dies, Emily is shown at her foster home drawing a [[NightmareFuelColoringBook picture]] before going to school. Happy ending, right? Well, the picture is of her with two heads, implying she has developed an alternate personality too.]]
** In the second one, [[spoiler: Emily has been sent to a mental ward for observation. After Katherine tucks her in and leaves, Emily gets out of bed and starts looking for something. When she opens a closet door and says, "There you are," the camera then shows Emily staring at herself in a mirror with a slightly demonic smile.]]
** The third one shows [[spoiler:her at the foster home and her drawing is completely normal, showing that she's fine.]]
** The fourth one has [[spoiler:her being tucked by Katherine but then showing she's in the ward (different ending from the one mentioned above).]]
** The fifth one has [[spoiler:her in a completely different altogether foster home, playing with her reflection.]]
* {{Expy}}: [[spoiler:David to Norman Bates in ''Psycho''. They're protagonists, they fight antagonists not shown to us, they discover that they themselves are the antagonists, and they succumb to their evil personalities.]]
* JekyllAndHyde: [[spoiler: David and Charlie, possibly leading to StealthPun with the title.]]
* IronicNurseryTune: The theme song "Hide and Seek."
* JumpScare: When Katherine reaches for the [[spoiler: presumably dead sheriff's gun he grabs her arm.]]
* KickTheDog: Charlie kills Emily's cat, in a way that makes David suspect that Emily did it.
* TheKillerInMe: [[spoiler: Charlie is an alternate personality of David's.]]
* LonelyDollGirl: Emily, [[spoiler: although she abruptly turns anti-doll once Charlie becomes her friend.]]
* LovecraftCountry: Averted. [[spoiler: The creepy neighbors and sheriff in this strangely underpopulated small town turn out to be harmless and/or concerned about Emily.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Charlie turns Emily against David, making her believe that David is the one who killed her mother [[spoiler: and that he's David's "good" side. Eventually, Emily catches on that the truth is the opposite - David is innocent and Charlie is the murderer.]]
* MindScrew: In the same vein as [[spoiler: Film/{{Psycho}}]].
* MissingMom: Emily's mother is killed at the start of the film.
* MistakenForPedophile: Steve, when he is seen by David chatting with Emily. However, he is only drawn to Emily because she reminds him of his deceased daughter.
* NightmareFuelColoringBook: [[spoiler:In the theatrical ending.]]
* NosyNeighbor: Steve, who comes to suspect that [[spoiler: David is endangering Emily]].
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: [[spoiler:Charlie, who turns out to be another personality of David's.]]
* OminousMusicBoxTune: The music box Katherine gives Emily is seen floating in the flooded cave at the end of the film.
* PoliceAreUseless: After getting a call from a worried neighbor, the sheriff shows up with at the Calloways' home without back-up [[spoiler: and is soon knocked out with a shovel by Charlie.]]
* PsychopathicManChild: Charlie. [[spoiler: David makes one comment about wanting "Emily to have a better childhood than he did", so his childhood issues probably are what makes his Charlie personality so dementedly childish.]]
* [[spoiler: SplitPersonalityTakeover: "It's okay. Daddy's gone now." Crosses into ThatManIsDead too as according to "Charlie", the minute David learned the truth, he ceased to exist, leaving "Charlie" behind.]]
* ThereAreNoTherapists: There are several therapists, but it doesn't help at all actually.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Emily seems happy and well adjusted in the scenes before [[spoiler: she sees her mother's bloodied corpse in the bathtub.]]