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  • Actors: Bruce Altman, Tom Arnold, Tim Daly, Edward Herrmann, Robert Prosky
  • Directors: Tennyson Bardwell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002OQZE5E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,798 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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What would it take for you to believe in the supernatural? Tim Daly stars as lawyer Bryan Becket, a cynical control freak who inherits his aunt s creepy Victorian mansion after her mysterious death. But when this die-hard doubter begins to experience a series of increasingly vicious and personal paranormal events, he turns to his business partner (Tom Arnold) and an eccentric medium (Zoe Saldana of Star Trek) for answers. There are ghostly forces in our world that cannot be explained by science or understood by a rational mind. And for one skeptic, the horrifying truth behind some secrets may be waiting behind the door down a dark hallway of the soul. Andrea Roth (Rescue Me), Edward Herrmann (Gilmore Girls) and Robert Prosky (in his final film role) co-star in this thinking man s haunted house movie from the award-winning writer/director of Dorian Blues.

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rick H on April 11, 2010
Format: DVD
I caught this on cable recently and was pleasantly surprised that someone still knows how to make an old-fashioned horror film, in a similar vein as "Two On A Guillotine", or a William Castle film and other black-and-white scary films of the late 50's/early 60's. It also reminded me a bit of something Rod Serling might have done, similar to a Night Gallery episode. It's more of a psychologically-based horror film than it is modern day horror film. (If you're sick of vampire movies, you might find this one really refreshing to see, a film that harkens back to the days of those earlier fright films mentioned.) Recommended for good, old-fashioned haunted house movie scares.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By New Age of Barbarism on October 20, 2009
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_The Skeptic_ (2008) is a decent movie about a lawyer/skeptic who is forced to re-think things after he starts seeing visions of ghosts. The movie brings up important issues from psychology such as how perception/misperception determines our reality, etc. The movie also touches upon the philosophical issues that have taken such an important place in the modern world - skepticism/gullibility, openness, reason and science, and the role of faith, etc. Ultimately, the film shows the descent of the skeptic into madness as he is increasingly haunted by memories of his past and visions of ghosts. Although he begins as highly skeptical, he is initially challenged by a para-psychological researcher (who also doubts the supernatural) into re-thinking his world-view and understanding. After it is revealed to him how perceptions can deceive, he begins to question certain aspects of reality. He then consults a psychologist who discusses with him his early childhood and shows him the difficulties he must face. At the end, he must confront his past and the ghost of his dead mother.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David on December 19, 2010
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I've seen this movie offered through netflex but decided to pass. Glad I caught it on showtime. I never heard about this one. It was worth the watch..I hated the ending, but only because this one isn't like most movies and I wanted there to be a different ending. I'll leave it at that. Watch this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gotham Night on June 23, 2010
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It's a story about a lawyer, Bryan, whose aunt dies in her house, and in his self-important and arrogant way, Bryan simply takes possession of the old home, never dreaming he would be challenged in this regard, since he is the only family she had left. Bryan is unemotional and analytical, an excellent lawyer; however, as a father and husband, these traits do not bode well with his wife or son, and Bryan decides to separate from them for a while and live in his aunt's now empty home. While Bryan is already tallying up the money to be made on his aunt's expensive antiques, to his surprise, his law partner finds a hand written will made my Bryan's aunt, and she has left the house to an institute which researches the paranormal, among other things. He visits the institute and confronts the head researcher, who doesn't seem the least bit interested in the house, but explains to Bryan why his aunt did mention the institute in her will. It seems Bryan's aunt thought the house was haunted, an idea that Bryan cannot wrap his head around and deems utter nonsense. The researcher agrees, he also does not believe in the supernatural and does his utmost to debunk the phenomenon through his research. As Bryan takes up residence in the old home and begins to experience unexplained noises, voices, and sightings, the skeptic suddenly finds himself trying to convince others that there is indeed something going on at his aunt's home. Who really is the skeptic now? It takes Bryan on a journey of rediscovering memories and events that could threaten to destroy his self-satisfied and successful life and career that he has built for himself, like a wall around him. There are revelations upon revelations. Bryan now knows what vulnerability is, and he also knows that his life can never be the same again.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Betts on June 10, 2010
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Happened upon this by accident - loved it!! As a long-time fan of the horror/scary genre, I love a movie that makes me laugh, cry, and jump within a short span of time. I actually cried out a few times, I was so into it! Great suspense and acting and I would recommend it highly!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cory T. Shaeffer on August 4, 2010
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I think sometimes that film critics need to vent, so they take their anger out on little indie films. They get paid specifically NOT to criticize big-budget films. Okay, now that my little rant is done, here goes:

Tim Daly stars as Bryan Beckett, a sarcastic attorney who inherits an old house after his aunt dies. He immediately senses something is not right with the house, but refuses to acknowledge the presence of any ghost or paranormal event whatsoever. At first, he is easily able to logically explain away the strange events, but as the voices become more intense and ghosts actually begin to appear, Beckett runs out of ways to explain what is happening. He gets some help from the lovely and talented Zoe Saldana, who plays a psychic, and eventually learns the truth about the old house, his family secrets, and his hidden past.

There are some refreshing elements here. Tom Arnold is excellent as Beckett's friend and law partner. Robert Prosky is typically fantastic as a jovial preacher, in his final film role. Daly does well in his expanded starring role, despite over-acting at times. Please note: this film is NOT for you if you like to see guts and gore and naked college girls running around getting their heads cut off. This film is more subtle. It makes you think a little, but in no way is it complicated like "Memento." It's just a good old-fashioned ghost story that relies more on mood than on cheap thrills. In other words, if you are a big fan of the 1970's haunted house/ghost movies, this would be right up your alley.
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