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The Skeptic -- Following his aunt's mysterious death, a power lawyer (Daly) moves into the elderly woman’s supposedly haunted mansion. There, he dismisses one incident after another, until the haunting turns so personal and vicious, his veneer begins to unravel.


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A lawyer who doesn't believe in ghosts is haunted after moving into a family mansion. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: A "haunted house" film for those who thought they'd seen it all. See more (30 total) »


  (in credits order)

Tim Daly ... Bryan Becket

Tom Arnold ... Sully

Zoe Saldana ... Cassie

Edward Herrmann ... Dr. Shepard (as Ed Herrmann)

Andrea Roth ... Robin Becket

Robert Prosky ... Father Wymond

Bruce Altman ... Dr. Koven

Lea Coco ... Deputy Lura
Sara Weaver ... Helena Becket (as Sarah Weaver)

L.J. Foley ... Young Bryan Becket

Paul Tietjen ... Michael Becket
Steve Fletcher ... Courtroom Lawyer

Christina Rouner ... Courtroom Witness
Catherine Wyler ... Carol

James DiSalvatore ... Carl
Chris Silipigno ... Raz
John J. Taylor ... Courtroom Judge (as John Taylor)
Lee Bieler ... Bartender
Alex Demers ... Derek
Judy Spevack ... Dead Mrs. Deaver
Cassidy ... Dillon
Julia Ricciardi ... Lizzie Borden
Meg Savage ... Krista
J.J. Buchner ... Matt

Shannon Rafferty ... Paralegal
Kathryn Zox ... Sleep Walking Woman
Matt Leddick ... Riley
Kyle Burke Ford ... Conny
Steve Chick ... Lobby lawyer
Victoria Bruster ... Lobby lawyer
Terry J. Field ... Pub patron (as Terry Field)
Kathy Striefert ... Pub patron
Maureen Taylor ... Pub patron
Julie A. Murphy ... Waitress
Cailey Bardwell ... Goblin
Molly Bardwell ... Goblin
Quinn Taylor Bardwell ... Bunny
Tennyson Taylor Bardwell ... Halloween Ghost
Wayland Taylor Bardwell ... Devil
Alex Beer ... Scarecrow (as Alexander Beer)
Gabriel Beer ... Mummy
Maxwell Beer ... Joker
Allayla Silipigno ... Viking
Jessica DeLong ... Witch (as Jessica R. DeLong)
Kayla Murphy ... Witch
Maggie Ricciardi ... Witch
Ciara Silipigno ... Witch

Ann Marie Lizzi ... Teacher
Jill McClain ... Teacher
Jon L. Yusaitis ... 2nd courtroom attorney
Suzanne Lang Baetz ... Courtroom Insurance Rep / Voice of Marlene Deaver

Nicole Signore ... Paralegal
Beth Facto ... Courtroom plaintiff
Christopher Shields ... Firm attorney

Mo Quigley ... Helena Becket (voice)
Shannon Ryan ... Undefined role(s) (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jonathan Campano ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Tennyson Bardwell 
Writing credits
Tennyson Bardwell (written by)

Produced by
Paul Bardwell .... executive producer
Tennyson Bardwell .... producer
Brian David Cange .... co-producer
Jon Griggs .... associate producer
Ann Marie Lizzi .... associate producer
Isen Robbins .... producer
Aimee Schoof .... producer
Dave Silipigno .... executive producer (as David B. Silipigno)
Mary-Beth Taylor .... producer
Original Music by
Brett Rosenberg 
Cinematography by
Claudio Rocha 
Film Editing by
Ann Marie Lizzi 
Casting by
Christine Sheaks 
Production Design by
Susan Block 
Art Direction by
Lissette Schettini 
Set Decoration by
Meg Savage 
Costume Design by
Sarah Beers 
Makeup Department
Loretta Alston .... key hair stylist
David Kalahiki .... additional hair stylist
David Kalahiki .... additional makeup artist
Leo Won .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Tena Golding .... production manager: second unit
Jon Griggs .... post-production supervisor
Emily Perez .... production manager: second unit
Nan Sandle .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott Larkin .... second assistant director
Michael A. Moffa .... first assistant director
Stephanie Stoltzfus .... second second assistant director (as Stephanie Bortis)
Art Department
Jason Bistarkey .... lead man
Mechelle Chojecki .... property master
Devon Ford .... computer program design
Dominic Maier .... scenic artist
Chuck Shaw .... swing
Brian Urbina .... property master
Kory C. Victor .... assistant props and sets
Tim Wechgelaer .... construction coordinator
Michael I. Whelan .... art production assistant
Jason White .... contributing artist
Sound Department
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
Eli Cohn .... assistant sound
Rob Daly .... foley editor
Neil Danziger .... boom operator
Tammy Douglas .... sound mixer: re-shoots
Jeff Formosa .... dialogue editor
Mark Garcia .... foley supervisor
Jan McLaughlin .... sound mixer
Eric Offin .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Offin .... supervising sound editor
Guillermo Pena-Tapia .... boom operator: reshoot
Daniel Perlin .... sound designer
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Anthony Vincent .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Russell Bouchelle .... third electrician
Ralph Brandofino .... first assistant camera
Jim Burke .... grip
Jaime D'Aquino .... second assistant camera (as Jaime Segschneider)
Peter Fackler .... key grip
Ryan Gibeau .... additional electrician
P.J. Hand .... grip
Alexa Harris .... additional electrician
Mike Jackson .... best boy grip
Evin Lowe .... gaffer
Bill Lucia .... additional best boy electric
David Peska .... additional electrician
Paul Rogers .... grip
Daniel D. Sariano .... second assistant camera
Joy Weber .... best boy electric
Greg Wimer .... first assistant camera
Ian Woolston-Smith .... Steadicam operator
Yueni Zander .... camera loader
Casting Department
Rebecca Gushin .... casting assistant
Elizabeth Shea .... extras casting
Sharon Wolin .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chrissy Kuhn .... wardrobe supervisor
Jennifer Roe .... wardrobe supervisor
Caitlin Stolley .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
John Dowdell .... digital intermediate colorist
Lloyd Forcellini .... on-line editor
Peter Heady .... digital intermediate finishing artist
Jean Lane .... digital intermediate producer
Amy Smith .... assistant editor
Tim Spitzer .... digital intermediate supervisor
Location Management
Romualdo 'Aldo' Scotto DiCarlo .... location assistant
Orion Dwelley .... location production assistant
Elizabeth Shea .... location manager
Other crew
Steven C. Beer .... lead attorney
John Caccese .... assistant production office coordinator
John Calderon .... production assistant
Steve Chick .... assistant to director
Steve Chick .... researcher
Terry DeLong .... head accountant
Jodi Domanic .... script supervisor (as Jodi Domanic-Riccio)
Andrew Ellis .... set production assistant
Debra D. Espey .... production accountant
Heidi Hoyt .... caterer
Michael Hoyt .... caterer
Despina Kotsakis-Smith .... production accountant
Juan Mazara .... key set production assistant
Maria Miles .... attorney (as Mary Miles)
Joseph Miller .... security officer
Dana Nelson .... production coordinator (as Dana Rafferty)
Matt Noeth .... set production assistant
Michael Pantzer .... assistant: Susan Block
Sean J. Piasecki .... first aid
Dorin Razam-Grunfeld .... assistant production office coordinator

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Also Known As:
"The Haunting of Bryan Becket" - International (English title)
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USA:89 min | Canada:89 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: The shape of the playdough creature on the table changes repeatedly between shots during Bryan's first conversation with his son. The position of its head changes as well as limbs appearing and disappearing.See more »
[first lines]
[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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Movie Connections:
References The Changeling (1980)See more »
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19 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: A "haunted house" film for those who thought they'd seen it all., 26 October 2009
Author: claudialora from New York State

I have seen hundreds of horror movies. There isn't much in the genre that shocks me anymore. New releases (whether original or remakes of classics) hit the theaters on a regular basis, all with variations of the standard "Scariest film of the year!" review. In my opinion almost all have be mediocre at best, failing to live up to the hype that preceded them. Sadly, it has been decades since a horror film caused me to jump and scream at various times. I'm thrilled to report that "The Skeptic" was able to do just that, which means I'm recommending it as a must-see for all lovers of "haunted house" films who thought they'd seen it all before.

The title character is a lawyer, Brian Becket (brilliantly played by Tim Daly). Becket is someone you'll love to hate, someone you can't wait to see get "his comeuppance". He is self-assured, sarcastic, arrogant, insensitive, emotionally frigid and (of course) skeptical of everything. He will not give credence to beliefs that can't be backed up with indisputable facts. Upon moving into the home of a recently deceased aunt he begins to experience strange phenomena that he, at first, believes are hallucinations brought on by sleep deprivation and high stress. As the film unfolds, Becket learns shocking truths about his aunt's house and his own past. Through the course of the film he slowly begins to change...and the proverbial shoe moves to the other foot. He is now the one who must successfully explain the unexplainable to skeptics...and he frustratingly cannot win a single argument because there are rational explanations for everything. About half-way through the film you'll stop hating Becket and not only start liking him, but begin empathizing with him and eventually feel sorry for him.

This film has everything you could possibly want in a "haunted house" film: an eerie-looking mansion filled with bizarre antiques, creaky floors and dark corners, a mysterious locked closet, ghostly images that will truly come out of nowhere, etc. What this film does not have is a satisfying ending. To those who enjoy psychoanalyzing films for hidden meanings, the ending will be poignant and acceptable. To others, the ending will be an abrupt disappointment and can be summed up this way: "That's it?!?

THE BOTTOM LINE: On a scale of 1-10, it is a very strong 8. I highly recommend "The Skeptic" to all horror/thriller buffs who are looking for a great "haunted house" story. If you are a fan of blood and gore, this film won't deliver. If you prefer movies with endings that neatly tie off all their loose ends, this film won't deliver either. HOWEVER...if you enjoy films filled with riveting suspense that slowly builds, throwing unexpected shockers at you along the way, then you will really enjoy this film.

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Every thing in this movie can be explained rationally, except one thing. Hopz_7
The ending does not make sense.. spinmas
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