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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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Tennyson Bardwell (written by)
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Release Date:
24 June 2010 (Kazakhstan) See more »
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A tormented man's reluctant search for greater meaning in his life. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (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
Stephanie Bortis .... second second assistant director
Scott Larkin .... second assistant director
Michael A. Moffa .... first assistant director
 
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
 
Stunts
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Anthony Vincent .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Russell Bouchelle .... third electrician
Ralph Brandofino .... first assistant camera
Jim Burke .... grip
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
Jaime Segschneider .... 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
 
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
Romualdo 'Aldo' Scotto DiCarlo .... location assistant
Jodi Domanic-Riccio .... script supervisor
Orion Dwelley .... location production assistant
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
Matt Noeth .... set production assistant
Michael Pantzer .... assistant: Susan Block
Sean J. Piasecki .... first aid
Dana Rafferty .... production coordinator
Dorin Razam-Grunfeld .... assistant production office coordinator
Elizabeth Shea .... location manager
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Haunting of Bryan Becket" - International (English title)
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Runtime:
USA:89 min | Canada:89 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
[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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8 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Scariest horror film I've ever seen, 29 January 2010

Hmmm... that should get a lot of "not helpful" votes, as all "-est of all time" comments are bound to get.

Okay, too, that you say this isn't a horror film. I accept that. As far as makeup, effects, and gore go, this is on the extremely tame end of the horror spectrum, if it can even be said to fit the genre. Nevertheless, it is very scary. What do you call a really scary movie that doesn't scare you using any methods that fit the definition of "horrific", like blood etc? You got me.

The true test of movie scariness, as far as I'm concerned, is how often during the viewing you feel compelled to look behind you, you know, to make sure nothing's there creeping up on you. That's it. Jumping out of your skin is of course another time-tested gauge of scariness, but movie makers now have a formula for making the audience do that whenever they want, so it's really lost most of its cache.

Whatever you want to call it, this movie scared the bejesus out of me. This is a high-quality film with great acting, writing, directing, etc. The ending was also great. This movie scares you using story, subtlety, and a steady buildup that's just delicious every step of the way. Without spoiling anything, I'd just like to say that my favorite scene is when they find the doll. Tim Daly's reaction is Oscar-worthy. It's a shame this movie didn't get a proper wide release.

The only thing that bothered me was that it sounded like Tom Arnold had a cold for most of his scenes. After searching the internet I've concluded that I'm the only one who noticed this.

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