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The Skeptic (2009)

Bruce Altman , Tom Arnold , Tennyson Bardwell  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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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 (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002OQZE5E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,925 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary in the tradition of old-fashioned horror films April 11, 2010
By Rick H
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
4.0 out of 5 stars You don't think. You know. October 20, 2009
Format:DVD
_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
4.0 out of 5 stars Where did this one come from? December 19, 2010
By David
Format:DVD
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on the Paranormal 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and scary - just right!! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Manages to be great without the gore! August 31, 2010
Format:DVD
The Skeptic is a horror movie that manages to enthrall the audience without resorting to a blood-fest or in-your-face nightmarish images. This is the kind of film that made me a horror movie fan back in grade school. Great performances, production values and the pure power of suggestion are enough to bring me back to The Skeptic over and over again. The writing is intelligent, and will captivate you from the opening scene.

Excellent film well worth purchasing!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Great May 12, 2010
Format:DVD
Most of the movie bordered on interesting. It had potential. The characters were ok. Tom Arnold wasn't as annoying as usual. Zoe wasn't present enough. The main character was a little too stiff and not well represented. But all-in-all, it was ok.

The real disappointment came at the end. I won't get into any detailed spoilers here other than to say that the ending was anti-climactic and left open for debate about just exactly what the hell happened. So it wasn't so much that I was left dissatisfied with the ending as much as there was just no satisfaction or sense of closure to it.

There was, however, good suspense in several parts of the movie. I found most of it entertaining. But you need a good ending to keep the rest of it from feeling like a waste.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic movie that fell flat at the end
I was really loving this movie...right up until the end. The end killed it for me. Really? That was the best they could do? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mishael Austin Witty
3.0 out of 5 stars So -so
Sorry, but I had to go look it up again just to see if I'd actually watched it yet. Apparently, I did (my storage catalog lists it, anyway). Read more
Published 3 months ago by anonymous
1.0 out of 5 stars tries too hard
Started ok. I quickly got bored once the stage had been set. This film is eager or probably too anxious to please; more over hold the audiences attention. Read more
Published 3 months ago by .fgd
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly good
I haven't jumped at a movie in a LONG time. (The last movie to scare me was The Exorcist when it first came out.). But this movie made me jump, and got my adrenalin pumping. Read more
Published 3 months ago by handicapped shopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not the greatest movie but it has Tim Daly. Had to get it.
Published 3 months ago by Michelle H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Horror at its Bone-chilling Best!
The Skeptic is a film that may seem standard to some, but is brilliant because it knows what makes Haunted House films work so efficiently and uses these elements to form a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dustin J. Isenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, twist and turns, that will keep you on the edge of your...
a great story that had its twists and turns and has you sitting on the edge of your seat. a must watch.
Published 11 months ago by Raye-Raye
5.0 out of 5 stars The Skeptic/
Hey a good movie here. Lots surprises around for all. Tom Arnolds acting is not to good, than again what is new about that... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Barry
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Ok
Even though there was not much chemistry between cast members, the story kept me hooked and was certainly suspenseful at times. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Melissa H
4.0 out of 5 stars A Haunting Blend of Drama and Horror, With A Few Flaws... (3.5/5)
The Skeptic follows Bryan Beckett, an skeptical and often arrogant attorney, as he inherits a large home from his recently deceased aunt. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jonathan
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