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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.


Tennyson Bardwell





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


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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Robert Prosky's final film. See more »


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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References The Changeling (1980) See more »


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Bland and lifeless horror/drama
30 April 2015 | by kannibalcorpsegrinderSee all my reviews

When a relative passes, a man inherits her decrepit old mansion and coming to learn she believed it haunted sets out to prove it was simply a matter of unrecognizing everyday events around her unaware of a deadly secret lurking within its walls.

This here turned out to be an incredibly dull and barely worthwhile entry. The main problem here, which just about ruins the film right off the bat, is the fact that the film's about a person's nature of being skeptical, a trait which means that every time something supposedly supernatural could happen it's always shot down as realistic instead of supernatural, a rather distressing fact made more damaging due to being presented as absolute fact with constant berating and mocking directed at those who think otherwise. This behavior, from the lead no less, makes it an almost unbearable act to get into the film from the beginning as being around such an irritating figure is hard to stand. That this is given to other characters, who each spend most of the time engaging in the same exact behavior throughout the entire film of making it attempt to be realistic rather than trying to emphasize the supernatural hauntings really makes the film's attempts at generating scares pretty worthless. The banging off-screen doors, whispering voices and moving objects to different locations that are being used for that purpose then don't mean anything when they occur since it's all pretty much ignored and explained, reducing their effectiveness long before how tame they are ruins the film in that manner, leaving this whole thing incredibly flawed with a damaging gimmick, lame scares and a boring pace which really kills off the few positive points it developed.

Rated PG-13: Violence and Language.

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Release Date:

24 June 2010 (Kazakhstan) See more »

Also Known As:

Herança Paranormal See more »

Filming Locations:

Ballston Spa, New York, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,553, 3 May 2009

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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