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A tormented man's reluctant search for greater meaning in his life.

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After the mysterious death of his Aunt, a confirmed skeptic lawyer, Bryan Becket, dismisses reports that his Aunt's house is haunted and moves in. 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 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. Written by Mary-Beth Taylor

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$1,553 (USA) (1 May 2009)

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$6,223 (USA) (15 May 2009)
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Dr. Warren Koven's name derives from two words related to witchcraft: a coven is an assembly of usually 13 witches, and a warren is a maze of small rooms where they might gather. See more »

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When Bryan (Daly) goes down to the wine cellar and gets a bottle of wine (at about 45 min. mark), it appears to be a brown bottle with a white label. It looks the same when the scene shifts to him trying to open the trunk. But a few moments later, when the scene shifts to him sitting at the table eating, with the bottle of wine quite obvious, talking about "what's in the trunk"...the wine bottle is green with an obviously colorful label. See more »

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[Deputy Lura looks around the dark house with his flashlight]
Deputy Lura: Miss Deaver? It's Deputy Lura, ma'am. Got a phone call from this house. Somebody hung up. Everything all right? Miss Deaver?
[He hears a sound]
Deputy Lura: Is somebody in there? I can hear you, you know. Miss Deaver, is that you?
[His flashlight finds Dead Miss Deaver, who appears to have died of fright]
Deputy Lura: Jesus!
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Profound psychological thriller, excellent screenplay and writing. Not really Horror, but one of the best thrillers ever!
17 November 2012 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

For a huge Horror fan such as myself, one of the more frustrating and/or disappointing experiences in regards to films is watching one I've mistaken to be Horror when it isn't. This has happened to me more times than I'd care to admit while seeking out new films to watch (and by "new" I mean films I haven't watched yet) using the keyword "haunting" - as these many times turned out to be no more than dramas.

In the case of The Skeptic/The Haunting of Bryan Becket I haven't made that mistake, or at least had no way to realize I have, as the film is tagged as Horror-Thriller. However, in hindsight, I can say that it really wasn't much of a Horror film. True, the oldest cheap cheat in the book was used a few times (sudden occurrence accompanied by a sudden loud bass music) making me jump involuntarily in my seat. Moreover, the entire film had this uneasy and unnerving sense to it, ever since Bryan Becket moved into that creepy old house (another overused Horror feature).

However, if I've accidentally made this appear as negative criticism - I apologize. For in every way The Skeptic lacked as a generic Horror film, it excelled as a psychological thriller! The stressing piano music, the superb acting of Tim Daly (as well as Tom Arnold and Zow Saldana), the clever and original screenplay (showing a nice touch of detective story), the mystery slowly unfolding until the final breathtaking twists... All these made watching The Skeptic a better and in some ways scarier experience than watching many so-called Horror films.

So no - there isn't any blood (seriously, not at all), and the ghost isn't scary looking as we've grown accustomed since the The Ring and The Grudge. No gore, no visual effects, none of the features that give most Horror films of the past decade that extra edge in scaring us. Nonetheless, The Skeptic's story is interesting, intriguing and compelling, keeping you guessing till the end.

A profound psychological thriller, one of the best! Very highly recommended!


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