The Skeleton Key

2005

The Skeleton Key

Critics Consensus

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

37%

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Total Count: 153
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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.

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Cast

Kate Hudson
as Caroline Ellis
Gena Rowlands
as Violet Devereaux
John Hurt
as Ben Devereaux
Maxine Barnett
as Mama Cynthia
Marion Zinser
as Bayou Woman
Deneen Tyler
as Desk Nurse
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
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
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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All Critics (153) | Top Critics (36)

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

    Aug 15, 2005
  • The Skeleton Key delivers on all formulaic counts, except one: It never serves up any truly nightmare-inspiring scares.

    Aug 12, 2005 | Full Review…
  • A diverting, stylish thriller that, despite pivoting on that and other whoppers, deserves credit for creating an authentic, original vibe.

    Aug 12, 2005 | Full Review…
  • This is essentially a haunted-house horror flick that starts off with effectively eerie scenes but devolves into a forced and mildly ridiculous ghost story.

    Aug 12, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • Criminal waste of talent.

    Aug 12, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There's lots of bad stuff brewing on the bayou in this occasionally scary but more often silly movie, which wastes some good actors along the way.

    Aug 12, 2005 | Rating: 2/4

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