The Skeleton Key

The Skeleton Key

Rating: 3.5/5


From IMDB:
A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house’s dark past.


Of all the movies involving a spooky house with a bunch of secrets, this one wasn’t so bad.

Kate Hudson’s character has some depth – After falling estranged with her father and later finding out he had died alone, she now dedicates her life to caring for the elderly. Upon seeing a newspaper ad requesting a live-in hospice caretaker, she decides to grab this opportunity.

Arriving at the 30-room mansion, she meets the family’s attorney and then sour Mrs Devereaux. Caroline is supposed to take care of Ben, Mrs Devereaux’s husband, who is paralysed, unable to move or speak. She is given a skeleton key which unlocks all doors in the house. Well, except a mysterious one in the attic.

As Caroline’s days in the house pass, she encounters mystery upon mystery. What really happened to Ben? What secrets lie in that mysterious room? Is Ben in danger?

I have to admit that, while watching the movie, I felt Caroline stumbled upon the information much too easily and ultimately that is what brought my rating down. Considering the fabulous twist at the end, I can now see why that happened, but back then I didn’t really appreciate it and it took out a fair amount of enjoyment.

Also, sometimes night scenes and storms add to a movie, particularly horror ones, but in this case they felt much too convenient and overstretched. It was all said and done. The movie deserved more. Also, the daytime scenes were spooky enough, with those creepy surroundings. Such beautifully haunting landscapes, I loved it.

The ending really was quite well achieved and, even though the theme itself is not new, I do recommend The Skeleton Key.