The Haunting of Lisa (1996)
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At first we have this nine year-old girl, Jodie Fisher, found brutally murdered in a local park by a park maintenance man which is bad enough. It's then that little Lisa Downey, Aemilia Robinson, starts to get these strong feeling and later visions that leads her to the old and abandoned park tool shed where is sees a manifestation, together with an angle-like Woman in White, of another similar murder of a little girl some thirty years ago. It turns out that the two girls Jodie and the girl, who's remains are later found under the floorboards, who was murdered in the tool shed were both killed by the same person. The movie "The Haunting of Lisa" is not all that different from most psychic movies about a person who can solve crimes with his, or in this case her, psychic powers. It's that the mother of the young girl Ellen Downey, Cheryl Ladd, as well as the grandmother and every other female member of her family have, or had, the same psychic powers. Ellan at first wants to keep her daughter out of the investigation of the Fisher murder knowing what it will entail for both her and little Lisa; unwanted and unbearable publicity. Were in fact later told by Ellan that her mother, Lisa's grandmother,was run out of town some thirty years ago when her psychic powers became known with the local and outraged townspeople accusing her of being a witch. Ellan doesn't want this to happen to her little Lisa. We have the usual set of suspects in both Jodie Fishers and the missing little girls, found buried under the tool shed, murders with Lisa reluctantly using her "gift" of psychic intuition to help the police track down the killer. Ellan in the meantime is also struggling with her fiancée the towns chief of police Mitch Graham, Duncan Regehr,in trying to get him off both her and Lisa's back in using the little girl as a human bloodhound in tracking down the multiple child murderer. There's a number of well placed false leads that has you so confused that by the time that the killer is finally revealed your still waiting for some kind surprise ending feeling that he's still out there. The killer himself is a real piece of work having had a very troublesome childhood, this all seen in a number of flashbacks, where he was made to feel unwanted by his step-father a gong-ho US Army Captain who almost beat him to death. The movie has a twist ending where the two murders are connected by a single strand of evidence, uncovered by little Lisa, that tied the two killings, and who committed them, together.
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