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Format: DVD
Sku: 40725442
UPC: 025192585029
UPC 14: 00025192585029
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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)!

""Kate Hudson's Best Work in Years" and "The Great Gena Rowlands gives a chilling performance."  Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"One of the best twists since The Sixth Sense.  Melanie Moon, WB-TV
"The Best Thriller of the Year.  Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1); Dolby Surround Sound, Deleted Scenes, Audio Commentary, Featurettes, English, Spanish, French Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/2/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 104 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 25850
Video UPC UPC: 00025192585029
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Gena Rowlands
Video Cast Info John Hurt
Video Cast Info Kate Hudson
Video Cast Info Peter Sarsgaard
Video Cast Info Daniel Bobker, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Daniel Mindel - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Ed Shearmur, et. al. - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Ehren Kruger - Writer
Video Cast Info Iain Softley - Director
Video Cast Info Joe Hutshing - Editor
Video Cast Info John Beard - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Scott Stuber, et. al. - Executive Producer

Professional 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 p.138

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

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 7 of 10
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.) - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 6 of 10
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. - Roger Ebert

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