The Skeleton Key (Widescreen)

Closed Capationed Starring: Kate Hudson & Gena Rowlands Director: Iain Softley  Rated: PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned for Children Under 13
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Universal Studios
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  • Packaging: Snap Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound - English
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound - French
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound - Spanish

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Entertainment Reviews:

Uncut - 09/01/2005
"[T]he performances are full-throttle, with Hudson as the most pig-headedly fearless heroine in years, making good on her ALMOST FAMOUS promise."
Entertainment Weekly - 08/19/2005
"[A] basic bayou thriller distinguished by a very self-conscious subversive streak..."

Product Description:

After New Orleans hospice worker Caroline (Kate Hudson) answers a help wanted ad, she finds herself working as the live-in caretaker of Ben Devereaux (John Hurt), a stroke victim who has lost his ability to speak. Ben's wife, Violet (Gena Rowlands), presents Caroline with a skeleton key to open any door in the house--with the exception of one, which she claims she has never been able to open. But curiosity gets the best of her, and Caroline opens the door to find a wealth of materials representing the old house's history of hoodoo, an ancient form of folk magic. She soon discovers that the house harbors a dark secret--one that Violet knows more about than she first admits.

Breaking her string of lighthearted romantic comedies, Kate Hudson gives a performance that proves she's more than capable of playing a feisty damsel in distress. Ehren Kruger's (THE RING) script gives her some physically demanding scenes, while providing the audience with a steady string of effective jolts culminating in a SIXTH SENSE-style twist that few are likely to see coming. Louisiana's swampy, heavy atmosphere is literally a character in the film, while Gena Rowlands, at age 75, astounds once again with one of her most surprising roles.

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Haunted Houses | Mysteries | Theatrical Release | Thriller

Production Notes:

  • THEATRICAL RELEASE: AUGUST 12, 2005

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  • Sales Rank: 35,531
  • UPC: 025192585029
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