Director: Ian Softley
Writing credits: Ehren Kruger
Cast: Kate Hudson, John Hurt, Gena Rowlands, Peter Saarsgaard and others
Plot: Kate Hudson, who plays a nurse is called to New Orleans to care for an old guy (John Hurt) who is on his deathbed; much to the displeasure of Mrs.Devereaux (Gena Rowlands). A reluctant Hudson coaxed by the lawyer(Peter Saarsgaard) decides to stay on. She is given the Skeleton Key which, opens every door in the decrepit mansion. Hudson's curiosity gets the better of her, and she enters the forbidden room. What follows is a tale of intrigue, deception and a gory history with a voodoo/ hoodoo lining to it. (Hoodoo is an old African American magic that only works if you believe in it.)
For starters, the movie is far from scary. Infact, the first half is a drag . The story picks up steam only towards the end which, gives it an excellent, although a predictable finish. Gena Rowlands as the sinister old woman gives an excellent performance. Kate Hudson manages to add a touch of sensuality to this horror flick with her lingerie or the lack of it. The story uses a good dose of audio/music for that extra creepy flavour.
Key words: Partial nudity, disturbing images, violent acts.
Bottom line: If you want to kill a good couple of hours, The Skeleton Key, will not disappoint you.
Rating: **** (Chalta Hai)
Khub Bhalo: **********
Chalta Hai: ****