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Skeleton Key

Caroline Ellis (Kate Hudson) gets more than the $1,000/week she was promised when she takes a nursing job caring for an elderly invalid. Her master key to the large isolated mansion, where her patient resides, unlocks a skeleton of paranormal proportions in this supernatural thriller. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: C
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Theater Release: 11 Aug 2005
Video Release: 14 Nov 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Before taking on the role of Caroline, Kate Hudson played a single, career woman who is left with the responsibility of caring for her nieces and nephew when her sister unexpectedly dies in the film Raising Helen. Joy Bryant plays the friend of an aspiring dancer in the hip-hop movie Honey.

Home Video Extra Features

Universal Studio’s DVD release of the Skeleton Key fleshes out the production’s details with a commentary by Director Iain Softley and deleted scenes (also with commentary by Director Iain Softley). There is also a closet full of featurettes and interest pieces such as: Behind the Locked Door - Making The Skeleton Key, Exploring Voodoo/Hoodoo, Recipe & Ritual: Making the Perfect Gumbo, Blues in the Bayou, Kate Hudson’s Ghost Story, Plantation Life, Casting The Skeleton Key, John Hurt’s Story, A House Called Felicity, and Gena’s Love Spell. Available in either wide or full screen, the disc offers Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio tracks and subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

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