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The Skeptic (2009)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 24 June 2010 (Kazakhstan)
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A lawyer who doesn't believe in ghosts is haunted after moving into a family mansion.

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Tennyson Bardwell

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Sara Weaver ... Helena Becket (as Sarah Weaver)
L.J. Foley ... Young Bryan Becket
Paul Tietjen ... Michael Becket
Steve Fletcher Steve Fletcher ... Courtroom Lawyer
Christina Rouner ... Courtroom Witness
Catherine Wyler Catherine Wyler ... Carol
James DiSalvatore ... Carl
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

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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 »

Goofs

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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[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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References The Changeling (1980) See more »

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Even If You Fall
Words and Music by Mo Quigley
Performed by Mo Quigley
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It's heart is in the right place
3 August 2010 | by Cujo108See all my reviews

A lawyer's aunt dies and he inherits her house, which she believed to be haunted. He decides to stay there while separated from his wife, and why shouldn't he? After all, he's a die-hard skeptic.

This is a very low-key haunted house tale. I'd say it works more as a mystery than outright horror, though it's all fairly straightforward. While the old house is an atmospheric setting, the film is devoid of any chilling moments. Well, I take that back. There is one good scare, but it turns out to be a false one, no threat. The atmosphere of the house is there, it's just that the filmmakers fail to utilize it to any sizable extent. I also felt that the ending was too abrupt. I don't mind abrupt endings, but this one really pushed it.

Tim Daly is okay as the "unemotional" lead. Not really a likable sort, I'd say. Tom Arnold is here too, but his part is basically a nothing role. It's Zoe Saldana who steals the show as a high-strung, yet appealing psychic. She could go on to greater things, and no, I absolutely do not consider Avatar a greater thing.

The Skeptic isn't bad, but it's nothing too memorable. I do admire it for attempting a quiet, more intimate ghost story in this day of obnoxious, in your face haunting flicks.


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Official Sites:

IFC Films [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 2010 (Kazakhstan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Ballston Spa, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,553, 3 May 2009

Gross USA:

$6,671

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205,585
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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