Matheson, Part 5: A Stir of Echoes.
In 1958, Richard Matheson released his fifth novel, A Stir of Echoes. The book is a ghost story about a man who develops psychic powers as the result of hypnosis. 41 years later, blockbuster screenwriter David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Spider-Man) wrote and directed a film adaptation starring Kevin Bacon.
This week, Mike and Max are joined by Rudra Banerji to look at both Matheson’s novel and Koepp’s movie. We discuss how the book works as a commentary on suburban America, the effectiveness of keeping the supernatural elements ambiguous, the twist ending, and whether the changes made by the movie were good or bad. We also wonder why people think Chicagoans have crazy accents.