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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: #94,003 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
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
_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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4.0 out of 5 stars Where did this one come from? December 19, 2010
By David
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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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
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Skeptic is a mixed bag of a horror film, but I will give it credit for at least having atmosphere and actually generating some sense of eeriness. The film is a little uneven with some unnecessary subplots, but I think in terms of giving the viewer that uneasy feeling in a haunted house, it works better than many other films of this nature. I also liked how a lot of the haunted happening were explained away by silly over active imagination. It actually makes us a little confused this house haunted?.....are these things really happening? It's works very well on this level, but I found that Tom Arnold's character was almost completely unnecessary and the film seemed to steer away from the main story losing focus.

I do think this is a film worth seeing and could have been a real winner. It's a shame because not many horror films have this much going for it....maybe if I watch it a few times I can start to overlook its flaws?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Nearly As Bad As Critics Are Saying 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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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 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 4 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 10 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 12 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 13 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 19 months ago by Jonathan
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