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The Skeleton Key (DVD)
Member Name: blazeybug
The Skeleton Key (DVD)
Date: 24/06/09, updated on 24/06/09 (13 review reads)
Advantages: Roles are brilliantly played
I am hugely into creepy/mystery films and was not let down by this.
Written by Ehren Kruger and directed by Iain Softley this film is about Caroline (Kate Hudson) who is working in a nursing home. The opening scenes see her reading to a patient whilst he passes away. In the next scene you see her being told to dump the patient's personal belongings in the skip as no one wants them. She is not impressed by their uncaring attitude and so applys for a job to be a hospice carer for Ben, who is mute and bed ridden. Ben and his wife Violet live in an old plantation out in the swamps.
Violet takes an instant dislike to Caroline, saying she will not understand the house and Caroline finds the old woman very strange and suspicious. Caroline notes there are no mirrors in the house and finds this quite unusual but puts it down to the old woman being eccentric.
Violet, gives Caroline a skeleton key to unlock all the doors in the house. Whilst nosing around Caroline finds a secret room in the attic, a locked room in the attic (where Ben had his stroke). Violet says she has never been in there and that it has always been locked.
She becomes more alarmed when she finds the bed ridden Ben on the roof of the house, seemingly trying to get away. When she runs to his bedroom she finds the worlds 'help me' wrote on his bed sheet.
Later in the story Violet explains about the history of the house. There were two house keepers, who served the original owners of the house. It is rumoured they practiced black magic and were one night found teaching the house owners children and were hanged.
Caroline becomes more and more drawn in to investigating the history and the black magics hidden within, as she believes it may have something to do with Ben's illness - but will it lead to her downfall?
I like the fact that with this film you really don't know where it is going until around halfway through and its keeps you guessing all the way along.
I think Kate Hudson plays her role superbly but the feel that Gena Rowlands (Violet) is the amazing at playing her part. You really have to keep your mind ticking over to try and uncover what this odd old lady is all about and what she seems to be hiding.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film and watch it often.
Summary: Get the popcorn and enjoy!