5.2/10
434
11 user 7 critic

Skeletons (1997)

A Pulitzer prize journalist has a heart attack and moves with his wife and son, from NYC to a town of 850 in Maine. Things are fine there until he investigates a gay arrested for murdering his boyfriend. Vandalism and worse follows.

Director:

David DeCoteau
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Skeletons (2010)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two exorcists literally remove the skeletons from the cupboards from people's homes. Some fairly embarrassing secrets are revealed along the way. A case where the skeletons have hidden themselves turns the lives of all those involved.

Director: Nick Whitfield
Stars: Ed Gaughan, Andrew Buckley, Tuppence Middleton
Firestorm (1997)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

In the year 2024, a fierce battle rages on between a ruthless villain and an android resistance group. Prsents a strong case for waging a war over rights of possession.

Director: John Shepphird
Stars: John Savage, Bentley Mitchum, Sherrie Rose
Blood Money (1996)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3/10 X  

Hardened criminal Lester is in prison for armed robbery and murder. When his request for parole is refused, he escapes and hatches a plan for revenge and make him rich. He leads two gang ... See full summary »

Director: John Shepphird
Stars: James Brolin, Billy Drago, Dean Tarrolly
Prey of the Jaguar (Video 1996)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A cop trains in martial arts to become a superhero to go after the killers of his wife and son.

Director: David DeCoteau
Stars: Maxwell Caulfield, Stacy Keach, Linda Blair
Inferno (1980)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An American college student in Rome and his sister in New York investigate a series of killings in both locations where their resident addresses are the domain of two covens of witches.

Director: Dario Argento
Stars: Leigh McCloskey, Irene Miracle, Eleonora Giorgi
The Elevator (1996)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Things are going swimmingly for the film producer Roy Tilden, his last film is a success and he will soon receive an award for it. But his perfect day changed quickly when he takes an ... See full summary »

Directors: Arthur Borman, Nigel Dick, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Martin Landau, Gabriel Bologna, Gretchen Becker
Assault on Dome 4 (TV Movie 1996)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

The mad terrorist Alex Windham takes over a small scientific community on another planet and forces Dome 4's inhabitants to build him some bombs. Windham is unaware, however, that ... See full summary »

Director: Gilbert Po
Stars: Joseph Culp, Bruce Campbell, Jocelyn Seagrave
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In 1983, financially struggling college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret, putting her life in mortal danger.

Director: Ti West
Stars: Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov
Townies (1999)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Welcome to Schlarb, Ohio... a small county seat overrun by misfits, freaks and weirdos! Dickie is a lonely dumpster-driver who finds companionship in his latest dumpster discovery, a young ... See full summary »

Director: Wayne Alan Harold
Stars: P. Craig Russell, Lori Scarlett, Jeremy Maes
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  

An evil millionaire believes he is Santa Claus after an accident renders him amnesiac.

Director: John Murlowski
Stars: Hulk Hogan, Don Stark, Robin Curtis
Hard Contract (1969)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A cold hearted American hit man goes to Europe for 'one last score'. His encounter with a beautiful young woman casts self doubt on his lifeblood, and influences him to resist carrying out the contract

Director: S. Lee Pogostin
Stars: James Coburn, Lee Remick, Lilli Palmer
The Hit List (1993)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Charlie Pike is a pro hitman, but when he meets Yancy Butler, everything starts falling apart.

Director: William Webb
Stars: Jeff Fahey, Yancy Butler, James Coburn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Silver ... Peter Crane
Christopher Plummer ... Reverend Carlyle
Dee Wallace ... Heather Crane (as Dee Wallace Stone)
Kyle Howard ... Zach Crane
James Coburn ... Frank Jove
Arlene Golonka ... Melanie Jove
D. Paul Thomas D. Paul Thomas ... Sheriff Carlton
Paul Bartel ... Mayor Dunbar
David Graf ... Sam
Patrick Thomas ... Toby Carlyle (as Pat Thomas)
Clive Rosengren ... Jacob
Raymond O'Connor ... Mr. Muir
Kathleen Noone ... Sadie
Brigitta Dau ... Laura
Valerie Wildman ... Belinda
Edit

Storyline

A heart attack moves a Pulitzer winning journalist to leave NY for the peace of a small New England town, but he soon finds himself pulled into a case of a man accused of killing his gay lover with the blade of a shovel. Wanting to keep the case quiet, the town turns against the journalist and his family when he begins digging into its secrets, until finally the accused man is found hanging in his cell and the truth comes out about more than just the killing. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Beneath the surface, nothing is what it seems. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esqueletos See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Shot in nineteen days. See more »

Quotes

Reverend Carlyle: You cannot hide from an AK-47 that's been blessed by the lord.
See more »

Connections

References Bambi (1942) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Some people will do anything for money
20 February 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Skeletons" is listed as a 1997 TV-movie, but it must have been shown somewhere else given its not-ready-for-prime time language.

It stars Ron Silver, Dee Wallace Stone, Christopher Plummer, James Coburn, and Carole Baker.

This is actually a horror film, though it starts off as a mystery. When journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Peter Crane (Silver) suffers a heart attack, he and his wife (Stone) and young son move to a small, idyllic New England town, Saugatuck. They haven't been there long when a woman (Baker) comes to see Crane, knowing his reputation. Her son has been accused of killing his gay lover; she knows he didn't do it and wants Crane to investigate.

It's clear from the get-go that the town is anti-gay, and the Crane family is immediately harassed by the locals because of Crane's interest in the case. Crane smells a set-up, and when another tragedy occurs, he's sure of it.

This film disintegrated into horror-land toward the end. It became obvious that some of these actors -- Mr. Plummer, I'm talking to you -- did it for the money. One of our finest actors in this dreck - I find it reprehensible. Ditto James Coburn.

I'd like to say this film is dated but we know in some parts of the country, this kind of harassment against gays still goes on. This movie over-emphasized the point but still, since it is a horror film, it could be made today, seventeen years later. That makes me sad. Like a few other things in "Skeletons."


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed