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The Skeleton Key (2005)

The Skeleton Key (2005)

"My child, I believe you broke my legs." -Violet

The Skeleton Key is another one of my favorite little movies. It is about a young hospice worker named Caroline Ellis who decided to take a caregiving job outside of New Orleans deep in the bayou. She will be working for Violet Devereaux, and will be taking care of her bed ridden husband, Ben. Caroline senses something eerie about the old plantation house, and begins to uncover a strange chain of events and incidents after opening a secret room within the attic.

In the attic are all kinds of strange things, and strangest of all and old record called 'The Conjure of Sacrifice'. Caroline begins to suspect something isn't going right within the home. She asks her friend Jill who explains that the attic is probably a Hoodoo room, and tells Caroline that Hoodoo is folk magic, and it can't hurt you if you don't believe in it. But if Caroline dares believe in what she has been exposed to, it can ultimately destroy her. Could there be ghosts within the old home? Or could something else even more sinister be going on?

I can't say a whole lot about this movie, but trust me you will be pleased with it, and the ending will surely shock you, it has to be one of the greatest twists I've seen in a movie, and is very unexpected. When you think you know what's happening, everything is completely reversed, and I have much respect for the writer of this film. The movie sets a very creepy tone and atmosphere, with all the imagery of the Spanish moss, etc. Director Softeley uses lots of southern imagery to add a certian texture to the movie. Also the record, 'The Conjure of Sacrifice' is very creepy, listening to it can give you the chills. I think one of the reasons this movie appealed to me so much was because it took place in the South, and I've always wanted to visit New Orleans, but overall I think anyone can enjoy the movie, it has great acting, an excellent story, and some pleasingly creepy moments. My personal rating will be a 5, because everything in this movie was so right for me, but it probably depends on a person's taste.

Starring: Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands, Peter Sarsgaard, and John Hurt
Theatrical Release: August 12, 2005
Directed By: Iain Softley

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