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The Skeptic [Import]

Bruce Altman , Tom Arnold , Tennyson Bardwell    Unrated   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant June 5 2010
I'm a horror fan but find that 99 out of a 100 horror movies are boring and predictable.

Maybe it was because I knew nothing of this movie when I watched it but thought it was brilliant. There's no gore, no amazing effects, it's just suspenseful in the way of the 6th sense. The ending has a twist I've never seen in a horror movie before.

I have recommended this movie to all those you I know love horror, didn't tell them about them movie, and they loved it.
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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. Oct. 20 2009
By New Age of Barbarism - Published on Amazon.com
_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.
6 of 6 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 - Published on Amazon.com
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where did this one come from? Dec 19 2010
By David Washington - Published on Amazon.com
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I WAS A SKEPTIC ABOUT WATCHING THE SKEPTIC! 3 1/2 STARS! Oct. 31 2010
By ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b - Published on Amazon.com
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 thinking....is 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?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Nearly As Bad As Critics Are Saying Aug. 4 2010
By Cory T. Shaeffer - Published on Amazon.com
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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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