The Skeleton Key (2005) Movie Review

The Skeleton Key (2005)

2005 | PG-13 | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
104 minutes /

User Score: 63/100

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The Skeleton Key Review


A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.

The Skeleton Key (2005) is directed by Iain Softley and written by Ehren Kruger. This film is a horror mystery thriller that focuses on the atmosphere and less on the gore as most horror movies. The Skeleton Key had an estimated budget of $43 million grossing $47 million at the box office.

The Skeleton Key is about a hospice nurse named Caroline Ellis (Kate Hudson) who travels to a creepy looking New Orleans plantation. At the plantation, she is given access to every room except one. Suspicions rise, and Caroline slowly starts to find things stranger by the days. Eventually, she discovers the secrets of the house and its inhabitants to the risk of her life.

This film has a great mood and atmosphere to it but moves slowly building on the mystery and suspense. Some of you might start looking at the time but stick with it; the ending is worth it. The ending is something that you can see coming but with good movies of this kind; you still want to see if your suspicions were right. The acting is done well, and some of the actors change their entire persona on a dime. Kate Hudson did a great job getting me emotionally attached to her character making me want to see the outcome. Enjoy this film with Gena RowlandsJohn Hurt, and Peter Sarsgaard as they weave a pleasant story of Voodoo and mysticism.

About The Skeleton Key (2005)

Title: The Skeleton Key
Year: 2005
Runtime: 104 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.15/5 stars from 19 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 19
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: David Jensen, John Hurt, Joe Chrest, Deneen Tyler, Andreas Beckett, Michael Wozniak, Peter Sarsgaard, Isaach De Bankolé, Gena Rowlands, Deanna Dylan Scott, Karen Pritchett, Ronald McCall, Philip Frazier, Roderick Harrison, Joel Schmidt, Jeryl Prescott, Derek Shezbie, Torrey McKinley, L.J. Stevens, Glen Andrews, Pauline Boudreaux, Adam Rouillier, Rico E. Anderson, Christa Thorne, Stafford Agee, Kristi Chalaire, Kate Hudson, Lakrishi Kindred, Keith Frazier, Natasha Delahunt
Writers: Ehren Kruger
Director: Iain Softley

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