The Skeptic

Synopsis: After the mysterious death of his Aunt, a confirmed skeptic lawyer, Bryan Becket, dismisses reports that his Aunt's house is haunted and moves in. Immediately occurrences begin he cannot explain. And beyond the occurrences there is something about the house which gnaws at Becket - some strange connection he senses he has with the house's past. Soon, the haunting turns personal, he hears voices suggesting clues to a deep mystery. He questions his sanity, seeks medical help, but instead finds assistance in a young psychic who immediately declares, "There's a very bad secret in this house." Together they embark on a terrifying journey to uncover the secret - a journey which leads them deep into the recesses of The Skeptic's own troubled mind.
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Director(s): Tennyson Bardwell
Production: IFC Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

[horror music playing]

The Skeptic

[continue horror music playing]

[police radio chatter]

[crickets chirping]

- Miss Diver?

It's Deputy Lara, Ma'am.

Got a phone call from this house.

Somebody hung up.

Everything all right?

Miss Diver?

Somebody in there?

I can hear you, you know.

Miss Diver, is that you?

[wind whistling]


[very loud horror music playing]

- Mm-hmm.


My aunt died.

- Did she?

- Yeah, they just found her.

Looks like her heart.

- Oh, God, that's awful.

- Look at the bright side.

We got the house.

- What is the matter with you?

- come on, Robin.

Don't suddenly act like we were all close.

That woman was cold as hell to us.

- That's not the point.

- What is the point, Robin?

The point is, when someone just dies,

it's not a time to bad-mouth them.

It's a time to say a prayer

and count your own blessings.

- I am counting' my blessings.

I get the house.

- Marlene Diver was not a great catholic.

But she was a great bingo player.


But I'm guessing God will take her,

because where it counted,

she loved her neighbour

with the best of them.

- You've got to be kidding' me.

He doesn't show up

for his own aunt's funeral?

- He's in mourning.

He's just probably running' a little late.

- He looks in a good mood.

Someone should make sure he knows

that she didn't pull through.

- He's very strong, Carl.

- Hello, Carl.

- Sorry for your loss, Bryan.

- What?


Oh, yeah.

It's a sad day.

So what'd I miss?

- Her eternal soul

being lifted up into heaven.

- Oh, shit.

I really wanted to catch that.

Hey, do you want to take a ride

with me later?

I'll drop you back.

- Where?

- My aunt's house.

I just got the key

from the sheriff.

- Thank you.

I may stop by.

Bryan Becket.

- Thank you for doing this, Father.

She would've appreciated it.

- Well, at least she came on time.

You don't take any of this seriously,

do you?

- What?

- Religious ritual, the church.

- Hey.

I'd love to take the church seriously,

but it's kind of hard

with the Pope running' around

wearing' those hats.


- You want to know what I think

your problem with death is?

- Not really.

- You don't believe in anything, you know?

You don't believe in a higher power.

You don't believe

in the afterlife, nothing'.

- You're right.

Life would be easier if I were gullible.

- You think I'm gullible, Becket?

- Sully, you believe in everything.

- I don't believe in everything.

- Yes, you do.

- No.

- Okay, didn't you once tell me

you believed in the Loch Ness monster?

- They're going to catch that sucker.

You'll see.

Scottish scientists went down

in that lake using sonar, Beck.

- And their results were inconclusive.

- Wrong!

They picked up a large moving mass

changing directions in organic patterns.

So what else could it be?

- I don't know.

I don't know what the military

was covering up at Roswell.

Does that make it aliens?

- No, but alien bodies

on the ground made it aliens.

- You know what your problem is, Sully?

- What?

- You were raised Catholic.

- Oh, here we go.

- Really, I mean it.

How big a stretch can it be

believing in the Loch Ness monster

once you bought the Holy Trinity?

There it is.

- Oh, my God.

It's a monster.

She lived there alone?

I wouldn't be caught dead

alone in there.

Creep me out.

- I can't wait to get in there.

Hear there's all kinds of antiques,

even a wine cellar.

- You hear?

Oh, that's right.

This is the aunt that didn't like you,

so she never invited you over.

- I don't care if she didn't like me.

She's dead now.

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