The Skeptic kind of reminded me of that movie Dragonfly. It’s creepy, and has some relatively good scares, but the ghost itself isn’t out to hurt anybody, or kill people Grudge style. That’s not really a spoiler for you out there thinking I just ruined everything – the film resides almost entirely on Tim Daly as its sole character, so you know if he dies, the movie’s over.
In The Skeptic, Tim Daly’s aunt has just died, so he moves into her house to take some time away from his wife. But the house may be haunted, which is something that a skeptic (oh…so that’s why it’s called that!) isn’t having an easy time accepting. Then he finds out that his aunt may have been experiencing the same things in the house – but is it due to a family history of mental illness, or because the house is actually haunted?
The Skeptic is actually a really good DTV entry in the haunted house genre. The acting is definitely above average (even with Tom Arnold in it!), especially from Tim Daly (Superman’s voice in the animated series), which is good, because the entire film rests on his performance. He does a really stand-up job though, and confidentally carries it. There are some genuinely creepy moments, and actually some scenes that will give you goosebumps. In addition, there’s actually a good “is he crazy or isn’t he?’ vibe to the film.
If you like a slow burn kind of horror film, without any real special effects, but carried on acting and mood, The Skeptic is definitely the film for you.