The Skeleton Key (2005)

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Critic Consensus: Thanks to its creaky and formulaic script, The Skeleton Key is more mumbo-jumbo than hoodoo and more dull than scary.

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Caroline, a hospice worker, is hired to tend the very old and dying Ben Devereaux. Devereaux lives in a huge Louisiana mansion, where he's watched over by his wife, Violet. Caroline soon discovers that a pair of century-old spirits haunts the mansion. The spirits are evil and are manipulating the living to fit their desires, and Caroline herself is at the center of one of their sinister schemes.
Rating:
PG-13 (for violence, disturbing images, some partial nudity and thematic material)
Genre:
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Romance
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Cast

Kate Hudson
as Caroline Ellis
Gena Rowlands
as Violet Devereaux
John Hurt
as Ben Devereaux
Joy Bryant
as Jill
Maxine Barnett
as Mama Cynthia
Marion Zinser
as Bayou Woman
Deneen Tyler
as Desk Nurse
Ann Dalrymple
as C.N.A.
Trula M. Marcus
as Nurse Trula
Tonya Staten
as Nurse Audrey
Tom Uskali
as Robertson Thorpe
Jen Apgar
as Madeleine Thorpe
Forrest Landis
as Martin Thorpe
Jamie Lee Redmon
as Grace Thorpe
Ronald McCall
as Papa Justify
Jeryl Prescott Sales
as Mama Cecile
Isaach De Bankolé
as Creole Gas Station Owner
Christa Thorne
as Creole Mother
Lakrishi Kindred
as Frail Customer
Mark Krasnoff
as Pickup Driver
Sabah
as Luke's Secretary
Susannah Thorarinsson
as Waitress in Bar
Bill H. McKenzie
as Mr. Talcott
Joe Chrest
as Paramedic
David Hillman Curtis
as Party Guest
Tiffany Helland
as Party Guest
Brian Ruppert
as Party Guest
Philip Frazier
as Rebirth Brass Band
Derek Shezbie
as Rebirth Brass Band
Glen Andrews
as Rebirth Brass Band
Stafford Agee
as Rebirth Brass Band
Keith Frazier
as Rebirth Brass Band
Derrick Tabb
as Rebirth Brass Band
Shamar Allen
as Rebirth Brass Band
Byron Bernard
as Rebirth Brass Band
Herbert Stevens
as Rebirth Brass Band
George Harper
as Jazz Band
Howard McCary
as Jazz Band
Kevin O'Neal
as Jazz Band
Ryan Porter
as Jazz Band
Ryan Regalado
as Jazz Band
Nolan Shaheed
as Jazz Band
Dustin Fleetwood
as Third Infantry Band Member
Roderick Harrison
as Third Infantry Band Member
Torrey McKinley
as Third Infantry Band Member
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Critic Reviews for The Skeleton Key

All Critics (149) | Top Critics (36)

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Full Review… | November 15, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | October 6, 2006
Salon.com
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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Full Review… | September 25, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

This is a moody, creepy thriller with some genuinely scary moments and a couple of twists that took me completely by surprise.

August 15, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
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Full Review… | August 12, 2005
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Audience Reviews for The Skeleton Key

If someone likes occult stuff, this is a right thing, there is a tiny bit of everything. Skeleton Key is one of the greatest Mystery/Occult Movies I think.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

½

Scary movie. I spent most of the movie trying to figure out who the bad guy was and how was it going to end? It didn't end the way I figured it would. Pretty bad. I watched this movie again five years later, and it still did not end the way I figured it would (I had forgotten that I had seen the movie already)

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Decent enough horor/thriller

Stuart Brooks
Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

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