The Skeleton Key
In this horror/thriller, Caroline Ellis (Kate Hudson) is a nursing student and a Hospice worker. After working with Hospice for a time, Caroline becomes discouraged by how little they care, so she goes out on her own. She takes on the position of a live-in nurse for a man (John Hurt) who apparently has suffered from a severe stroke and only has a short time to live. He and his wife (Gena Rowlands) live in an old plantation home outside of New Orleans. Soon after arriving, Caroline is given a skeleton key that she is told opens every door in the house. But after exploring, she finds a door in the attic that the key will not unlock. Her curiosity will not allow her to leave the mysterious room unexplored, so she keeps trying until she is able to get in. When she does, she discovers that the man may not be a victim of a stroke at all, but rather something much more diabolical.
I think this film should’ve used that skeleton key to unlock a formula for a good script because it is terrible. There was nothing thrilling or horrific about it, which would’ve been a great cure to my boredom. I do have to credit the movie for the interesting twist at the end, but then again, I may have seen it coming if I weren’t fighting my heavy eyelids for two hours. Lock up any desire to see this film, and throw the key away.
Everything in this film pertains to Voodoo and Hoodoo. It is full of spells, conjures, chants and potions. These elements cast away a Dove approval, and hopefully any wasted money from horror film enthusiasts. Also, don’t count on any nominations for the acting in this film- the performances were awful as well. This should be Kate Hudson’s last try at a horror flick, as she should stick to her romantic comedy genre, just as movie goers should stick to watching entertaining films.