The Skeleton Key

release date August 12 2005
studio Universal Pictures
director Iain Softley
writer Ehren Kruger
starring Kate Hudson, Peter Sarsgaard, Gena Rowlands, John Hurt, Joy Bryant
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Set largely in the dark atmospheric backwoods just outside of New Orleans, The Skeleton Key stars Hudson as Caroline, a live-in nurse hired to care for an elderly woman's (Rowlands) ailing husband (Hurt) in their home ... a foreboding and decrepit Gothic mansion in the Louisiana delta. Intrigued by the enigmatic couple, their mysterious and secretive ways and their rambling house, Caroline beings to explore the old mansion. Armed with a skeleton key that unlocks every door, she discovers a hidden attic room that holds a deadly and terrifying secret. Peter Sarsgaard portrays Luke, the local attorney working on the couple's estate, and Joy Bryant plays Jill, Caroline's best friend.

Official Review

Ehren Kruger is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers in Hollywood, with fantastic screenplays for Arlington Road, The Ring- even The Ring Two was well written (but poorly directed). His newest story, The Skeleton Key, is directed by Iain Softley, who’s been MIA since K-PAX back in 2001 and also directed the fabulous Hackers back in 1995. I love both of these individuals and was excited beyond belief for this new horror film from Universal Pictures, but did it live up to its hype? Not exactly, but this felt like it could have easily been one of the trio of Tales from the Crypt films released back in the ‘90s- in the end it was a great time and a great story, and still worth checking out for sure. …Read More

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