Skeleton Key

Skeleton Key

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Director: Iain Softley

Cast: Iain Softley, Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands, Peter Sarsgaard

     
 

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A young woman discovers a terrible secret while caring for an elderly man in this supernatural thriller. Caroline (Kate Hudson) is a care provider for the aged who is hired away from the hospice where she works by Violet Devereaux (Gena Rowlands). Violet needs someone to help take care of her husband, Ben (John Hurt), who is in poor health and doesn't have long to… See more details below

Overview

A young woman discovers a terrible secret while caring for an elderly man in this supernatural thriller. Caroline (Kate Hudson) is a care provider for the aged who is hired away from the hospice where she works by Violet Devereaux (Gena Rowlands). Violet needs someone to help take care of her husband, Ben (John Hurt), who is in poor health and doesn't have long to live. Violet and Ben live in a decaying rattletrap mansion not far from New Orleans, and as she settles into her work, Caroline spends her spare time exploring the house. It isn't long before Caroline discovers evidence that suggests Ben and Violet are members of a sinister voodoo cult, and that ghosts walk in the Devereaux mansion. The Skeleton Key also stars Peter Sarsgaard and Joy Bryant.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
For an hour, Iain Softley's The Skeleton Key gives off the buzz of a genre film pulled off with great craft. The spooky Southern gothic setting oozes menace, and the art direction of the spooky house itself seems appropriately sparse, until one realizes how detailed the little details are. The actors all understand what is required of them, and Softley gives them just enough room to find the right pitch for the performances. Gena Rowlands and Peter Sarsgaard walk the line of overacting without ever crossing it, and many of their moments offer the simple pleasure of watching very gifted performers enjoying themselves. Sadly the screenplay is unable to match their level of skill. Ehren Kruger's "twist" ending should be easy for any regular moviegoer to figure out, but that would be easy to excuse if there were any thematic weight to the film. Sadly, there is nothing for the viewer to take from the film other than the most surface of surface pleasures. Everything about The Skeleton Key is well-crafted, except the screenplay.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/2010
UPC:
0025192049842
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
13,164

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Audio commentary with director Iain softley; D-box motion enabled

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kate Hudson Caroline Ellis
Gena Rowlands Violet Devereaux
Peter Sarsgaard Luke
John Hurt Ben Devereaux
Joy Bryant Jill
Maxine Barnett Mama Cynthia
Tom Uskali Actor
Jen Apgar Actor
Forrest Landis Actor
Jamie Lee Redmon Actor
Ronald McCall Actor
Jeryl Prescott Sales Actor
Isaach de Bankolé Actor

Technical Credits
Iain Softley Director,Producer
John Beard Production Designer
Daniel Bobker Producer
Drew Boughton Art Director
Harry Cohen Sound/Sound Designer
Mick Cukurs Set Decoration/Design
Peter Devlin Sound/Sound Designer
Louise Frogley Costumes/Costume Designer
Joe Hutshing Editor
Ronna Kress Casting
Ehren Kruger Screenwriter
Julia Levine Set Decoration/Design
Sara Lord Musical Direction/Supervision
Gary Scott Marcus Asst. Director
Matt Sweeney Special Effects Supervisor
Dan Mindel Cinematographer
Ann Scibelli Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Shamberg Producer
Edward Shearmur Score Composer
Stacey Sher Producer
Christina Smith Makeup
Clayton Townsend Executive Producer

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