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The Skeleton Key [Blu-ray] (2005)

Kate Hudson , Peter Sarsgaard  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kate Hudson, Peter Sarsgaard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IWYWC4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,143 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Director Iain Softley
  • Feature Commentary with Director Iain Softley

  • Editorial Reviews

    Kate Hudson stars in The Skeleton Key – a supernatural thriller that weaves a tale of terror and suspense! When Caroline Ellis (Hudson) takes a job in Louisiana’s bayous, she unlocks a deadly secret involving magic, conjure and sacrifice that pulls her into a terrifying world of strange, frightening and unexplained incidents. The key to escaping may lie in a decrepit attic, but if she dares to believe in what she discovers, everything she fears will become real!

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    127 of 141 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, surprisingly effective thriller August 15, 2005
    Almost every film you watch requires some level of suspension of disbelief. Some genres (Sci-Fi, Horror, Musicals, etc.) require more than others (drama). I am willing to give any film the benefit of the doubt and fully "buy into" the world the filmmakers attempt to create. Because of this, I expect a lot from the filmmakers in return. If they expect me to take that leap of faith, I expect them to deliver believable characters, an interesting, involving story and to make me laugh, believe, get frightened, whatever the story would dictate. If they do that, I usually enjoy the film. Unfortunately, this doesn't happen enough. If they don't, the film becomes a mess. "The Skeleton Key", the new thriller starring Kate Hudson, is a film requiring a fair amount of suspension of disbelief. The key to unlocking its success is to make everything believable. Does it accomplish that?

    Caroline (Kate Hudson), a hospice worker in New Orleans, becomes so disillusioned with her job that she answers an ad for a private in-home caregiver in a parish about an hour out of the city. Upon arrival, she meets Violet (Gena Rowlands), the wife of her new patient, Ben (John Hurt). Violet is reluctant to have strangers in her house, a large plantation home that has seen better days, but their lawyer, Luke (Peter Sarsgaard, "Kinsey") insists that she get help for Ben during his last days; he had a heart attack while working in the attic and is now paralyzed on both sides of his body, unable to speak or move. Caroline accepts the job and soon receives a skeleton key that will open every door in the house. Exploring the house, she soon makes her way up to the attic and begins to discover some strange things.
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    20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great ending. June 20, 2006
    The Skeleton Key starring Kate Hudson is an interesting horror flick. I enjoyed this film very much, Hudson plays Caroline, she takes care of ill elders. She arrives at a house in New Orleans and strange things begin to happen to the man she is taking care of. A fantastic and scary performance by Gena Rowlands, who knew she could convel such an evil old lady so well. Watch out for the twist ending, didn't see that one coming. Hudson is great as always, she should do more of these types of films. I highly recommend The Skeleton Key!
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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars This movie's got its mojo workin'. August 24, 2005
    Iain Softley's "The Skeleton Key" is a deliciously creepy entertainment for a lazy afternoon or evening. Softley builds the story slowly, marinating us in the spooky atmosphere of a dilapidated Louisiana bayou mansion, until we're just as hypnotized as the hapless heroine. That heroine, played by Kate Hudson, comes to the house to help a tart-tongued old woman (Gena Rowlands) take care of her stroke-immobilized husband (John Hurt). From there, she gets far more embroiled than she'd like in the hoodoo-laced history of the house and its inhabitants. Working from a screenplay by Ehren Krueger ("The Ring"), Softley places the pieces of the story in jigsaw-puzzle fashion; the placement of the last piece knocks you for a loop with a surprise ending you'll be thinking about for days. Hudson--who has much of her mother's charm, plus a certain pizzazz all her own--gives a totally satisfying performance as the heroine; Hurt (in a nearly wordless performance) and Rowlands also are excellent, as is Peter Sarsgaard as the family lawyer. As with all good thrillers, "The Skeleton Key" messes with our minds, rather than our gag reflexes. If you're a fan of "The Twilight Zone" (the TV series, that is, not the movie), chances are you'll love this.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars I don't believe.... August 19, 2005
    By Raj
    ...on how good this movie was. I mean, initially when I saw the trailer and I wasn't impressed. It looked just like another haunted house movie with cheap special effects. But my friends dragged me into it, so I went and saw it. After watching it, I was actually surprised as to how much I liked it.

    The story is about Caroline (played by Kate Hudson), a nursing student who is tired of her old job. She takes a job in Louisiana to take care of a stroke victim (played by John Hurt), and his aging wife (played by Gena Rowlands). She moves into the house with them, and that starts experiencing strange things, like the paralyzed patient trying to communicate with her, mirrors missing on the walls, and a secret door in the attic which keeps thumping constantly. She feels like there is something bizarre going on and gets convinced that Ben, the patient, was paralyzed by some force, and that she can find a way for him to become normal again. What she doesn't know that there is a deeper power working at hand, which she must figure out before she is the next victim.

    The beginning is a little slow for a while, since nothing really goes on for the first fifteen minutes. But once Caroline sees the door in the attic, the movie picks up, and towards the end, it is a constant roller-coaster ride. Furthermore, most of the movies we see these days are not scary at all, and make us jump only because of the insane sound effects. But this movie actually created a creepy atmosphere because of the characters and the story, rather than relying on the gore and sound effects, which is why I enjoyed watching it. Gena Rowlands did a fantastic job in her acting. Come on, she is 75 years old, and she has to be commended for playing her role so well for her age.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Scary, but awesome
    Scared the S---- out of me first time I saw it. Now, play it over several times a month.
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    Good movie
    Published 5 days ago by mixmatch
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 6 days ago by RENNEA BURGESS
    4.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing
    Kate Hudson really filled the role in this epic movie. Just a taste into what believing is all about or is it.
    Published 16 days ago by Sheri Short
    4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it
    I went in with low expectations, slowly got pulled in, and enjoyed the ride till the satisfying ending. Never a big fan of Kate I am. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by John D. Aldridge
    2.0 out of 5 stars this story should have worked but it does not (spoilers)...
    Gena Rowlands and John Hurt are great actors and I love seeing anything they're in but this story fails because of the way it is told: the villains are the interesting ones here... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Stacy Hackney (formerly customerS)
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very smart thriller!
    It's hard for me to write a review about what I enjoyed about this film, without giving away the ending and why I thought it was clever and satisfying. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Micheal Hunt
    5.0 out of 5 stars Horror Horror Horror!
    Disappointing ending, as I really felt that the Kate Hudson character would have been the heroine and figure it all out, but it didn't work out that way! Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Eloise Ockert
    5.0 out of 5 stars Black Magic
    One of my favorite voodoo movies. The illusions begin with a strong foundation of the birth of voodoo in Haiti. Not many movies live up to this one. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by rosannadanna
    5.0 out of 5 stars great movie great copy
    I love this movie and have wanted a copy for a long time. When I saw it for this price I couldn't pass it up. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Serena
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    what mansion was used for the filming of skeleton key?
    A place called "Felicity Plantation", although it was digitally edited to make it look more run-down and swampy. They discuss this in the extra features on the HD-DVD, I'm not sure if they included this on the BD.
    Sep 18, 2011 by Ryuichi Takahashi |  See all 2 posts
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