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Skeleton Key
     

The Skeleton Key

3.7 21
Director: Iain Softley, Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands, Peter Sarsgaard

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

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:
11/15/2005
UPC:
0025192585029
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
6,163

Special Features

Kate Hudson's ghost story; Exploring Voodoo/Hoodoo; Behind the Locked Door - Making The Skeleton Key; Blues in the bayou; Audio commentary with director Iain Softley; And much more!

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Skeleton Key
1. Passing On [4:57]
2. Help Unwanted [8:42]
3. Remedies [5:49]
4. The Locked Door [4:31]
5. Bedside Manner [4:17]
6. Asking for Help [3:44]
7. Inside the Attic [5:24]
8. Broken Record [4:18]
9. The Conjure Man [7:05]
10. The Power of Belief [6:22]
11. Cleansing [5:00]
12. Bad Dreams [1:52]
13. A Cause for Concern [5:22]
14. Supper [6:51]
15. Time to Go [4:24]
16. Law of the Land [1:28]
17. Mind Tricks [1:53]
18. The Conjure of Sacrifice [10:32]
19. Body and Soul [2:45]
20. The Hidden Key (End Titles) [1:59]

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The Skeleton Key 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
fleurfairy More than 1 year ago
This film is not technically a horror movie. There is no gore or violence, so people watching it expecting Saw VIII will be disappointed. Rather, it is a movie that plays out more like a ghost story from long ago. The filming location is gorgeous - deep in the bayous of Louisiana. It certainly sets the very creepy, mysterious tone of the movie. Skeleton Key definitely requires you to think. You have to think carefully and remember clues given throughout the film to understand the ending. And, wow, what an ending! I saw this in the theater and my jaw dropped at the twist. Definitely one of the best thrillers to come out this decade. And when it's over, it makes you want to visit the Bayou!
KimHeniadis 6 months ago
I watched this one when it first came out and loved it, so I wanted to give it a rewatch to see if I still enjoyed it as much…. And I did! I have a thing for Southern mansions with big porches, and if you mix in some Hoodoo or Voodoo, even better. Don’t really want to say too much about the story or the ending, because the ending is what really made this movie stand out to me. During my first watch it wasn’t until really close to the end when I finally figured out what was happening, which made it so enjoyable. Some might classify this as more of a thriller, but there are gothic horror as well as regular horror elements to it. I could see a couple of scenes that would make people jump, and some of the images, like when Caroline’s eyes and lips were sewn shut could be seen as horror. As for the gothic horror, there’s the big creepy mansion far away from any neighbors. And a female caregiver who moves in, and has a very small support system, so people won’t really wonder/care if anything happens to her. As well as the possibility of ghosts, and other things that go bump in the night. I highly recommend this movie if you’ve never seen it before. And if you have, and enjoyed it, I would definitely say to give it a rewatch.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Had heard about this but hadn't watched it. Finally saw it and found it to be alright. But it does have its creepy moments and an ending I honestly didn't see coming. It was something different.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Skeleton Key is a unique watchers experience, with many jumps and thrills during its 115 minute time. With special characters and a good storyline, it is about a hospice worker helping an old mute man, and discovering something supernatural is in the mansion, and to escape this evil, she must face an unspeakable curse. The movie was suspenseful and I was on the edge of my seat, rooting Caroline on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another good Kate Hudson movie. Watch for the house she works at. It's the same house that Forrest Gump lived in, but very run down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was actually looking forward to seeing this in theaters and I would suggest it for sure. While it won't be scary to the avid horror fan, the story is still great and Kate hudson did a good job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a good movie, but you probably need to watch it more than once to understand it. I wish it didn't end like it did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great thriller. I haven't seen a good thriller in a while, so I was pleased. The movie had a great ending and the entire cast did a great job, especially Kate Hudson. Superb!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was amazing and frightening. It's about a woman living in an old mansion where she faces ghosts and voodoo, where she must discover the truth behind the house's past...and herself. It was amazing, scary and very good. It was scary and suspenseful, and Kate Hudson gave a superb performance, and also Peter Saarsgard, and Caroline's friend in the movie. A must see flick about a supernatural evil, it out does The Others and The Grudge. Must see! 10 A+ ****
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS WAS AN OK FILM, BUT THERE HAVE BEEN BETTER NEW ORLEANS/VODOO FILMS THAN THIS ONE. THE REASON THIS WASN'T UP TO PAR IS THAT THIS FILM MAKES ITS POINT EARLY ON, AND TAKES THE WHOLE FILM TO DEFEND IT AND EXPLAIN IT WHEN IT DID SO IN THE FIRST ACT. IT'S A GOOD HUDSON FILM, BUT THE PREMISE OF THE ENDING WILL LEAVE YOU FEELING THAT THE FILM WAS A SLOPPY THRILLER. WOW THEM IN THE END AND YOU'LL HAVE A HIT, BUT DON'T CHEAT. THIS FILM CHEATED.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Skeleton Key is about a woman facing a supernatural evil while staying at a old and desolate house. Uncovering the secret of the houses owner, she must venture into a world of voodoo, deception and mystery in this chilling tale done well. KATE HUDSON DOES AN EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE ALONG WITH GENA ROWLANDS, PETER SAARSGARD AND JOHN HURT. Wonderfully done and chilling!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought it was really creepy-- not as scary as I thought it would be, but it definately made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was really disappointed in this movie. Kate Hudson did a very good job but the movie was ridiculous.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie was ok, it had a pretty good ending. As far as that house being where Forrest Gump was filmed. . .that info is incorrect. The external shots for The Skeleton key were filmed at Felicity Plantation in Louisiana while Forrest Gump was filmed at Bluff Plantation in Yemassee, SC.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the Movie to watch if you like mystery and a little scare.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interesting story idea, Kate hudsen is great, good ending twist. I would suggest this for any horror/thriller fan (more of a thriller in this case)
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Moviesandbooks More than 1 year ago
When the DVD arrived in the mail the disk was loose and banging against the DVD case. I opened it and found the disk full of scratches. Luckily the local B&N store had another copy; I had to drive there to make the exchange.