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The Skeptic

3.9 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • 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:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002OQZE5E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,200 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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_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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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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It was OK. It isn't something I want to watch again because the ending was rather lame and feeled like a copout. The movie was actually pretty good as the skeptical main character tries to decide if the haunting senerios are real or if they are a product of his mind trying to get him to remember events of his past....however, the ending is the part I didn't care for. It seemed like a rather weak attempt to be ironic and a quick way to end the movie.

Also, it seemed odd that the psychic wasn't around the next night and his wife only showed up one time to check on him...I would think his wife or at least his son would call and talk to him more often.
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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 memorable experience! The house in this film is foreboding and strikingly beautiful! It strikes a good balance of unease and as much as the main character wants to believe that ghosts don't exist, he (as well as the viewers) can't help but be entranced by it's impending sense of dread. The further the mystery unravels, the creepier the story gets and finally ends somewhere unexpected! The ending may leave some scratching their heads as it could be interpreted different ways! It seems that many films tend to find their stride halfway through and then derail in the finale but I found this ending more intriguing than a let down! This is a good one to add to your list for Halloween. It checks all the right boxes and will leave you feeling slightly chilled!
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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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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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I read the synopsis of this movie and approached it as another man alone in a spooky old house experiencing strange occurrences type of film. What emerged is an engrossing tale of past child abuse revolving around the life of an attorney who receives the news of his eccentric aunt's death and, wanting to claim her house for a money making venture, gets involved in unexplainable events within the house. The events chip away at his psyche to reveal a tragic past history involving his mother which he seriously suppressed since childhood. You can approach this film either as a ghost story or psychological thriller but Writer, Producer, Director Tennyson Bardwell disavows any type of genre by presenting it straightforward allowing the skeptics and believers in the audience to make up their own minds. The performances are excellent: Tim Daly as the attorney along with his partner played by Tom Arnold play their roles brilliantly especially Daly underplaying the tragedy until the crushing finale but the real scene stealer is an early performance from actress Zoe Saldana as Cassie the psychic. She absolutely shatters the screen every time she appears and shows what a wonderful actress she would quickly become. The beautiful photography by Claudio Rocha plays up the Saratoga Springs NY locales and the Victorian tableaus in and around the house making the film a truly remarkable 90 minute ride. IFC who has given fans many interesting genre titles this past year releases it in a nice 1.85 transfer with crystal sound to make you jump at the appropriate times. 'THE SKEPTIC' is a true gem and whether you embrace it as a ghost story or psychological thriller, it never disappoints.
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