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The Skeleton Key (2005)



Critic Consensus: Thanks to its creaky and formulaic script, The Skeleton Key is more mumbo-jumbo than hoodoo and more dull than scary.

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Caroline, a hospice worker, is hired to tend the very old and dying Ben Devereaux. Devereaux lives in a huge Louisiana mansion, where he's watched over by his wife, Violet. Caroline soon discovers that a pair of century-old spirits haunts the mansion. The spirits are evil and are manipulating the living to fit their desires, and Caroline herself is at the center of one of their sinister schemes.

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Kate Hudson
as Caroline Ellis
Gena Rowlands
as Violet Devereaux
John Hurt
as Ben Devereaux
Maxine Barnett
as Mama Cynthia
Marion Zinser
as Bayou Woman
Deneen Tyler
as Desk Nurse
Trula M. Marcus
as Nurse Trula
Tonya Staten
as Nurse Audrey
Tom Uskali
as Robertson Thorpe
Jen Apgar
as Madeleine Thorpe
Forrest Landis
as Martin Thorpe
Jamie Lee Redmon
as Grace Thorpe
Ronald McCall
as Papa Justify
Jeryl Prescott
as Mama Cecile
Isaach De Bankolé
as Creole Gas Station Owner
Christa Thorne
as Creole Mother
Lakrishi Kindred
as Frail Customer
Mark Krasnoff
as Pickup Driver
as Luke's Secretary
Susannah Thorarinsson
as Waitress in Bar
Bill H. McKenzie
as Mr. Talcott
Joe Chrest
as Paramedic
Tiffany Helland
as Party Guest
Brian Ruppert
as Party Guest
Philip Frazier
as Rebirth Brass Band
Derek Shezbie
as Rebirth Brass Band
Glen Andrews
as Rebirth Brass Band
Stafford Agee
as Rebirth Brass Band
Keith Frazier
as Rebirth Brass Band
Derrick Tabb
as Rebirth Brass Band
Shamar Allen
as Rebirth Brass Band
Byron Bernard
as Rebirth Brass Band
Herbert Stevens
as Rebirth Brass Band
George Harper
as Jazz Band
Howard McCary
as Jazz Band
Kevin O'Neal
as Jazz Band
Ryan Porter
as Jazz Band
Ryan Regalado
as Jazz Band
Nolan Shaheed
as Jazz Band
Dustin Fleetwood
as Third Infantry Band Member
Roderick Harrison
as Third Infantry Band Member
Torrey McKinley
as Third Infantry Band Member
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Critic Reviews for The Skeleton Key

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (42)

A blundering New Orleans-set thriller under the spell of archaic stereotypes about Southern Bayou blacks.

August 26, 2005 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Blame screenwriter Ehren Kruger (Arlington Road). I can't tell if this hit-and-miss scribe is a remarkably talented guy who's unfortunately had a few misfires or if his few good scripts were just the result of a large amount of blind luck.

August 20, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This is a moody, creepy thriller with some genuinely scary moments and a couple of twists that took me completely by surprise.

August 15, 2005

A top-notch cast was gathered and then wasted in this atmospheric but prosaic hoodoo spooker.

August 14, 2005 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Skeleton Key is for the most part neither horrifying nor thrilling, and its mystery is mostly related to trying to figure out what the filmmakers were thinking.

August 14, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

The meandering, but occasionally effective film relies on a semi-logical and semi-satisfying twist ending to patch over myriad flaws in logic and storytelling.

August 13, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for The Skeleton Key


A very good thriller, starts slow but has a good ending!

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

If someone likes occult stuff, this is a right thing, there is a tiny bit of everything. Skeleton Key is one of the greatest Mystery/Occult Movies I think.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer


Scary movie. I spent most of the movie trying to figure out who the bad guy was and how was it going to end? It didn't end the way I figured it would. Pretty bad. I watched this movie again five years later, and it still did not end the way I figured it would (I had forgotten that I had seen the movie already)

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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