The Skeptic

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Released 2009

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Director:
Tennyson Bardwell
Released:
2009
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The Skeptic follows power lawyer Bryan Becket (Tim Daly) who, following the mysterious death of his aunt, moves into the elderly woman's supposedly haunted Victorian mansion. A die hard skeptic, he dismisses one eerie incident after another, until the haunting turns so vicious, that Becket's cool veneer begins to crack. Whispers in the night, things he sees in the darkness, clues of a horrible secret, turn our rationalist into a terrified and reluctant seeker of a truth so unspeakable it could destroy him. And the mystery, always just out of reach down the darkened hall, is not fully revealed until the film's final moments. "I wanted to make a movie where the audience is given all the same information â�� the same sights and sounds â�� the same defensible rationalist verses supernatural arguments; and see if people come away with a different take on what really occurred," offers writer-director Bardwell. "And, I am happy to say, that is what happens with The Skeptic. One movie, one ending â�� many beliefs." From IFC Films.

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  • 40

    Los Angeles Times

    Old-fashioned in the worst sense, Bardwell's ghost story is heavy on Freud, light on fear.

  • 40

    The Hollywood Reporter

    It's all an earnest effort, three decades too late.

  • 30

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The Skeptic turns into a cut-and-dried Freudian melodrama that gives repressed memory a supernatural dimension. I'll take a bunch of teenagers terrorized by chain-saw-wielding zomb...

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    Drama, Horror, Suspense

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    Thrillers, Supernatural