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The Skeleton Key
- Kate Hudson

Overview - After New Orleans hospice worker Caroline (Kate Hudson) answers a help wanted ad, she finds herself working as the live-in caretaker of Ben Devereaux (John Hurt), a stroke victim who has lost his ability to speak. Ben's wife, Violet (Gena Rowlands), presents Caroline with a skeleton key to open any door in the house--with the exception of one, which she claims she has never been able to open.  Read more...

 
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Overview

After New Orleans hospice worker Caroline (Kate Hudson) answers a help wanted ad, she finds herself working as the live-in caretaker of Ben Devereaux (John Hurt), a stroke victim who has lost his ability to speak. Ben's wife, Violet (Gena Rowlands), presents Caroline with a skeleton key to open any door in the house--with the exception of one, which she claims she has never been able to open. But curiosity gets the best of her, and Caroline opens the door to find a wealth of materials representing the old house's history of hoodoo, an ancient form of folk magic. She soon discovers that the house harbors a dark secret--one that Violet knows more about than she first admits. Breaking her string of lighthearted romantic comedies, Kate Hudson gives a performance that proves she's more than capable of playing a feisty damsel in distress. Ehren Kruger's (THE RING) script gives her some physically demanding scenes, while providing the audience with a steady string of effective jolts culminating in a SIXTH SENSE-style twist that few are likely to see coming. Louisiana's swampy, heavy atmosphere is literally a character in the film, while Gena Rowlands, at age 75, astounds once again with one of her most surprising roles.

Cast List

Iain Softley - Director/Writer
Michael Shamberg
Peter Sarsgaard
Kate Hudson - American Actress, ALMOST FAMOUS (2000)
Gena Rowlands - Actress, GLORIA (1980), A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE
Virginia Cathryn Rowlands - Actress, GLORIA (1980), A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE
Stacey Sher
Ehren Kruger - Screenwriter
Joy Bryant - Actor, ANTWONE FISHER (2002)
Clayton Townsend - Producer
Daniel Mindel - Director of Photography, SPY GAME (2001)
Dan Mindel - Director of Photography, SPY GAME (2001)
John Hurt - British Actor

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 104
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192585029
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (violence, disturbing images, some partial nudity, and thematic material)
  • Release Date: May 2006

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Movies > Horror/Suspense

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THEATRICAL RELEASE: AUGUST 12, 2005

Reviews:
"[T]he performances are full-throttle, with Hudson as the most pig-headedly fearless heroine in years, making good on her ALMOST FAMOUS promise." - 09/01/2005 Uncut, p.138


"[A] basic bayou thriller distinguished by a very self-conscious subversive streak..." - 08/19/2005 Entertainment Weekly, p.120

 
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