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. Bens 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 houses history of hoodoo, an ancient form of folk magic. She soon discovers that the house harbours 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 shes more than capable of playing a feisty damsel in distress. Ehren Krugers (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. Louisianas 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.
Audio Commentary With Director Iain Softley, Deleted Scenes, Behind The Locked Door Making Of The Skeleton Key, Exploring Voodoo Hoodoo, Recipe And Ritual Making The Perfect Gumbo, Blues In The Bayou, Kate Hudsons Ghost Story, Plantation Life, Casting The Skeleton Key, John Hurts Story, A House Called Felicity, Genas Love Spell, Trailers
Release Date: 28 November 2005
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Main Language: English