ECHOES (2014)

Echoes (2014)

 Synopsis: Struggling with horrifying, sleep-paralysis induced visions, a young writer retreats with her boyfriend to an isolated desert house. As the visions intensify, she finds herself on the verge of losing her mind...or uncovering a life-threatening secret.

 So I have very little knowledge of sleep paralysis so I had to do some research before giving my review of this.  From everything I read, it seems like the movie did a pretty solid job of depicting that aspect of it. Anna is a writer who is working on a script.  She is traumatized by horrible nightmares and paralysis. Her manager/boyfriend thinks a weekend getaway will help both her writing and her nightmares. Because just like many other horror movies, a getaway to an isolated location clearly cures all problems. Anyway, the boyfriend gets called to work and has to return to the city while Anna decides to stay back, at her isolated getaway, while her boyfriend takes the car back to the city.  What could possibly go wrong there?  Her nightmares get worse.  Sleep-paralysis can also cause hallucinations of someone in the room.  This hallucination has come to be called "The Intruder." 
In Anna's case, the intruder appears in the form of a dried up, weathered corpse of a woman.  While she was sleeping, she is technically possessed by the Intruder.  In essence her sleep-paralysis is more a black out dream state. She feels like she is paralyzed and awake but in reality, she is up moving about under the control of the Intruder.  While she is possessed she does some pretty evil things.  When she awakes, she finds clues of things she did while she was possessed, things she doesn't remember doing.  She slowly starts putting the pieces together in an attempt to find out what the Intruder wants.   Everything building up to the reveal of the extremely predictable secret.

 Echoes doesn't do much as far as creativity goes. This is a story I have seen before.  It doesn't take long to realize the direction this story is going. It doesn't do anything to stray off that path or even to distract the viewer from where it's going.  At the end of the day, the movie is watchable. I wouldn't say it's great or a must see, but it is worth watching if it's on or you got some time to kill.


reviewed by Bobby

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