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The Skeleton Key [DVD] [Full Frame]

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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.
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    • Rating - violence, disturbing images, some partial nudity, and thematic material
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 25851

  • Credits
    Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands, Virginia Cathryn Rowlands, John Hurt, Peter Sarsgaard, Joy Bryant
  • Critic 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."
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    "[A] basic bayou thriller distinguished by a very self-conscious subversive streak..."
    Entertainment Weekly

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