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The Skeptic (2009)



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A skeptical attorney moves into a beautiful house with an ominous history, only to experience a series of bizarre and frightening occurrences beyond his comprehension. Bryan Becket (Tim Daly) never believed in the supernatural. When Bryan's aunt dies under mysterious circumstances, he dismisses reports that her house is haunted and decides to move in. Almost immediately, Bryan begins to suspect that there is something terribly wrong with the house; voices begin calling out to him from the darkness, seemingly providing clues to some deep mystery. Though he senses that he is somehow connected to the house, he can't figure out how and begins questioning his own sanity. In his search for medical help, Bryan comes into contact with a young psychic (Zoe Saldana) who claims the house harbors a dreadful secret. Together, Bryan and the psychic prepare to unlock a mystery that leads them both into the darkest corners of the skeptic's own disturbed mind. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Tennyson Bardwell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 8, 2009
IFC Films


Tim Daly
as Bryan Becket
Andrea Roth
as Robin Becket
Robert Prosky
as Father Wymond
LJ Foley
as Young Becket
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Critic Reviews for The Skeptic

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

Old-fashioned in the worst sense, Bardwell's ghost story is heavy on Freud, light on fear.

Full Review… | May 15, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Tennyson Bardwell's pretentious psycho-supernatural flick doesn't even qualify as guilty-pleasure camp. It's the sort of bad movie that will make you lose faith in the genre altogether.

Full Review… | May 1, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

I'll take a bunch of teenagers terrorized by chain-saw-wielding zombies any day.

May 1, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

Bardwell writes and directs carefully though without inspiration, leaving open the question of whether the house is really haunted.

May 1, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A mechanical compendium of anti-skepticism clichés, right down to the obligatory post-realization upchuck.

Full Review… | April 28, 2009
Village Voice
Top Critic

You know you're in trouble when the most appealing element your film is Tom Arnold.

Full Review… | May 7, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Skeptic

This is a pretty good film about a man who has a hidden past, separated from his wife and moves into his dead aunt's house. While living there its very apparent that its haunted and is so because of him, the house holds a secret so what is it? Film is a little creepy in spots, more of a suspense film then horror. Worth 4 Stars'

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

The Plot was very familiar to me. I have seen another Movie with exactly same Story but I cannt remember the title. Well there was tiny bit in the plot and ofcourse the actors, difference but everything else was same.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

After a mysterious death of his Aunt, a confirmed skeptic lawyer, Brian Becket, (TIm Daly) dismisses reports that her house is haunted and moves in after deciding to separate from his wife. Immediately occurrences begin he cannot explain. And beyond the occurrences there is something about the house which gnaws at Becket - some strange connection he senses he has with the house's past. Soon, the haunting turns personal, he hears voices suggesting clues to a deep mystery. He questions his sanity, seeks medical help, but instead finds assistance in a young psychic (Zoe Saldana) who immediately declares, "There's a very bad secret in this house." Together they embark on a terrifying journey to uncover the secret - a journey which leads them deep into the recesses of The Skeptic's own troubled mind.
I was really interested in this movie because I thought it had an interesting story line. Not just a movie about the scares. The way the haunting in this movie unravels is in the way it makes the hair on your body stick up.. That creepy feeling you get when you think your being watched or someone else is in the room with you. It wasn't over the top, but very settle and I liked that. It was a very creepy, eerie type of movie. I jumped a few times.. It's a terrific ghost story and well worth the watch.


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