The Skeleton Key (2005) Movie Review

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The Skeleton Key (2005)

2005 | PG-13 | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
104 minutes / 1h 44min

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The Skeleton Key Plot Synopsis:

A young hospice worker helping care for an invalid who lives in a remote mansion in the Louisiana bayous finds herself caught in the middle of morbid happenings centered around a group of Hoodoo practitioners.

The Skeleton Key (2005) Review

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.

  • The Skeleton Key Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 5.35
  • IMDB: 6.5
  • MetaCritic: 4.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 3.8

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: 2.68/5 stars from 97,816 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 97,816
MPAA Rating: PG-13
The Skeleton Key Cast Starring: David Jensen, John Hurt, Joe Chrest, Deneen Tyler, Andreas Beckett, Michael Wozniak, Peter Sarsgaard, Karen Kaia Livers, Gena Rowlands, Deanna Dylan Scott, Karen Pritchett, Isaach De Bankolé, Isaach De Bankolé, Tonya Staten, Tiffany Helland, Kevin O'Neal, Thomas Uskali, Brian Ruppert, Ryan Porter, Piper Moretti, Jen Apgar, Melissa Reneé Martin, Rudy Regalado, Sarah Pettycrew Kania, Forrest Landis, Nolan Shaheed, Jamie Lee Redmon, Natalie McNeil, Dustin Fleetwood, Ross Rouillier
The Skeleton Key Writers: NA
The Skeleton Key Director: Iain Softley
Box Office: $47,729,605
Production: Universal Pictures
Language: English, French
Country: USA, Germany