Skeleton Key (Widescreen)

Directed By: Iain Softley Starring: Kate Hudson Gena Rowlands

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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! Filled with endless suspense and bone-chilling scares, hold on for this terrific ride with "one of the best twists since The Sixth Sense" (Melanie Moon, WB-TV)!

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Studio Universal
SKU 40725442
UPC 025192585029
UPC 14 00025192585029
Format DVD
Release Date 4/3/2014
Rating Rating
Keywords
Haunted Houses
Mysteries
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note 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.
Reviews
Uncut "[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 p.138
Entertainment Weekly "[A] basic bayou thriller distinguished by a very self-conscious subversive streak..." 08/19/2005 p.120
Directors
Iain Softley
Actors
Kate Hudson
Gena Rowlands
Cast & Crew
Daniel Bobker, et. al. - Producer
Daniel Mindel - Cinematographer
Ed Shearmur, et. al. - Original Music By
Ehren Kruger - Writer
Gena Rowlands - Actor
Iain Softley - Director
Joe Hutshing - Editor
John Beard - Production Designer
John Hurt - Actor
Kate Hudson - Actor
Peter Sarsgaard - Actor
Scott Stuber, et. al. - Executive Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 25850
UPC 00025192585029
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 104 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review The Skeleton Key is the latest of the new breed of PG-13 "horror" movies that emphasize atmosphere and "boo" moments over gore. This film, which is not a re-make of a Japanese production (as many of these pictures are), maintains an internal logic that allows the viewer to follow the storyline without becoming confused or losing interest. There are weaknesses - the narrative traverses a predictable trajectory, the pacing is uneven, and there are times when the action goes over-the-top. But the heroine is smarter than the average horror movie scream queen and the ending doesn't cheapen proceedings. (Actually, one could argue that the ending is the best thing about The Skeleton Key.)
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ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The Skeleton Key is one of those movies that explains too much while it is explaining too little, and leaves us with a surprise at the end that makes more sense the less we think about it. But the movie's mastery of technique makes up for a lot. Kate Hudson is convincing as the young nurse determined to help her patient, Gena Rowlands is awesome in the Joan Crawford role, and John Hurt, who says not a word, semaphores whole dictionaries with his eyes.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1); Dolby Surround Sound, Deleted Scenes, Audio Commentary, Featurettes, English, Spanish, French Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper "Kate Hudson's Best Work in Years" and "The Great Gena Rowlands gives a chilling performance."
Melanie Moon, WB-TV One of the best twists since The Sixth Sense.
Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV The Best Thriller of the Year.

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