U.S. rights for supernatural thriller "The Skeptic" are set for IFC Films, the distributor announced Wednesday. IFC will make the film, directed by Tennyson Bardwell and starring Tom Arnold, available for three months on-demand beginning April 29 with exclusive weeklong theatrical engagements in New York, Los Angeles and Albany in May. Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal on behalf of IFC Films with Lawrence Silverstein and Alex Barder at Strategic.
The film revolves around power lawyer Bryan Becket (Tim Daly), who moves into a supposedly haunted mansion owned by his aunt following her mysterious death. A die hard skeptic, he dismisses one eerie incident after another, until the haunting turns so personal and vicious, Becket's cool, unemotional veneer begins to unravel. Whispers in the night, things he sees in the darkness, clues of a horrible secret, turns this rationalist into a terrified and reluctant seeker - a truth so unspeakable it could destroy him.
"'The Skeptic' is a chilling and suspenseful supernatural thriller with superb direction by Tennyson Bardwell and great performances by Tim Daly and the rest of the cast," commentd IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring in a statement. "This acquisition highlights IFC's commitment to bring U.S. audiences the best in horror/genre cinema."