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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!
Steeped in rain, humidity, and eerie bayou atmosphere, The Skeleton Key is an entertaining supernatural thriller that makes excellent use of its Louisiana locations. New Orleans and the rural environs of Terrebonne Parish are crucial in setting up the creepy circumstances that find compassionate caregiver Caroline Ellis (Kate Hudson) newly employed at the backwater plantation home of Violet (Gena Rowlands) and her invalid husband Ben (John Hurt), who's been rendered mute and seemingly helpless by a recent stroke. The place is rife with mystery, shrouded in the secrets of a suspicious past and, under Violet's stern supervision, plagued by superstition involving the use of Hoodoo magic spells (not to be confused with Voodoo, as explored in the similarly suspenseful Angel Heart) intended to protect the house from harm. But Caroline soon discovers the source of the mystery, and why Ben (who can barely utter a word) is so desperate to escape his seemingly comfortable domesticity. There are a few loopholes in the screenplay by prolific horror writer Ehren Kruger (The Ring and The Brothers Grimm), but director Iain Softley (Wings of the Dove) expertly emphasizes the edgy air of mystery, pushing some effective shocks while encouraging fine work from Hudson, Peter Sarsgaard (as Violet's lawyer) and especially Rowlands, who's genuinely disturbing as Skeleton Key nears a twist ending that's undeniably effective. --Jeff Shannon
Good screenplay. Suspense, drama, mystery. Peter Sarsgaard does his creepy thing to perfection. Let the end credits role and crank up the audio, for a song treat. Home alone? Read morePublished 3 days ago by sancti-spiritus
Good Movie, entertaining story line and great acting, loved it!Published 14 days ago by Carlos Lind
This is one of my favorite movies of all time. I love the creepy factor and suspense.Published 17 days ago by Angela
A good scary movie for adults and teens. Maybe even tweens if you are OK with a back view of Kate Hudson taking her shirt off. Titillating but not revealing. Read morePublished 29 days ago by TheGuyWithTheThing
Love this movie I wish there would be a solve for it...the ending was sadPublished 29 days ago by Margie Edwards
When I first saw the movie "The Skeleton Key", a long time I was under the impression from what he saw. I loved acting in the performance of Kate Hudson and Gena Rowlands. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Griffin Garcon
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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