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The Skeleton Key

The Skeleton Key

2005
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 44m
This contemporary supernatural thrilled, set largely in the dark atmospheric backwoods just outside of New Orleans, stars Hudson as a live-in nurse hired to care for an elderly woman's (Rowlands) ailing husband (Hurt) in their home...a foreboding and decrepit mansion in the Louisiana delta. (Universal Pictures)
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The Skeleton Key

2005
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 44m
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Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
22nd
A rather mediocre movie but the the twist genuinely creeped me out because of the implications it had on the the movie's backstory.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
24th
Would be great as half-hour "Twilight Zone" episode.
Rated 26 Sep 2009
73
66th
Overall it was quite average; it didn't have any tremendously spectacular moments, but didn't suffer from any serious pitfalls either. Boo to all the naysayers, the ending was excellent.
Rated 20 Mar 2007
76
72nd
One of the better horror flicks of 2005. Creepy atmosphere and surprises I did not see coming.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
52nd
Excellent voodoo horror, creepy & mysterious it's a great watch
Rated 20 Oct 2007
76
45th
A surprisingly atmospheric and effective little thriller. Worth a look.
Rated 20 Oct 2012
68
37th
More Southern cliches than fleas on a stray dog on a hot summer afternoon. Hoo-wee.
Rated 07 Jan 2010
60
41st
I expected mediocre, but this one is really not bad
Rated 01 Jun 2008
76
46th
Suspenseful and thrilling at times. The title is misleading to a degree.
Rated 20 Feb 2014
55
44th
Fun, atmospheric horror with solid acting and original story. It does feel quite a bit stretched though, especially towards the end.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
83
50th
A pretty good horror flick. It definitely kept me entertained.
Rated 23 Oct 2007
65
53rd
The photography and setting of this film raise it above it's otherwise unremarkable plot.
Rated 18 Jun 2007
80
65th
Not much in the way of horror or scares, but this movie offered up a good dose of psychological suspense.
Rated 01 Aug 2017
60
38th
This was quite okay.
Rated 29 Dec 2022
58
16th
Brooding "ghost story" horror film starts well, with Hudson a likable lead, and Rowlands and Hurt excellent as a pair of forbidding, unsettling gargoyles; the tension starts to dissipate once the story twists start, which stretch incredulity beyond breaking point, and ultimately the suspense as well, leading to a finale that pretty much goes full shaggy dog, negating the rest of the film. A shame, because Softley sets up the pieces well, with the creaky old house itself a fine horror set piece.
Rated 29 Dec 2006
48
15th
Viewers that like artificial thrillers designed to throw you for a loop will like this more than others, but anyone looking for a real story with real characters may find The Skeleton Key to be a barebones experience.
Rated 10 Jun 2009
65
41st
Not too spooky really. But I'll give it plus point for the mystery.
Rated 18 Sep 2008
79
75th
nice story
Rated 04 Jan 2009
50
14th
Scary, really.
Rated 31 May 2008
50
26th
Note to Peter Saaaaaaarsgaaaard or however you spell your name. Never, ever attempt to do an accent again. Seriously.
Rated 30 Jan 2011
63
34th
Not a lot of scares but a decent thriller. Goes for the cliched Cajun angle and probably some plot twisting for the sake fo twisting.
Rated 08 May 2010
75
53rd
While it doesn't offer many scares to the more seasoned horror fans, the setting is intriguing and the mystery is surprisingly well-crafted. It manages to avoid many pitfalls that horror films these days seem to succumb to, such as dumb slapped-on twists that come totally out of nowhere and serve no purpose other than to make the viewer feel cheated. Here, all the pieces click together in a satisfying way. A very pleasant surprise.
Rated 26 Jul 2009
40
33rd
A transparent metaphor and a boring horror. Kate Hudson is her usual B-movie self. There are mitigating factors. The atmosphere is pretty good.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
67th
Good movie. Missing something though.
Rated 05 Jan 2008
48
23rd
Somewhat scary, and a cool location. Just another shitty twist ending.
Rated 27 Dec 2008
80
35th
overall what was expected
Rated 02 Jun 2008
81
83rd
One of the most interesting horror movies ever.
Rated 18 Jan 2007
58
23rd
The movie is rather bad, except for Gena Rowland's performance and the twist.
Rated 15 Oct 2008
30
9th
I remember little of this horror film, and that means it was rather bad.
Rated 03 Mar 2007
78
53rd
A movie whose scares truly save it from falling into the PG13 horror abyss, there really is something new and original behind this thriller, and Hudson delivers very well.
Rated 19 Jul 2017
68
72nd
A supernatural movie that actually is pretty freaky. The suspense is built up well and the acting is top notch, especially Hudson and Hurt. I think the New Orleans setting was a good fit for this film.
Rated 13 Apr 2019
93
53rd
My SCORING: 99-96=Great; 95-90=Very good; 89-85=Good; 84-80=So-so; 79-70=Boring; Below 70=Forget it.
Rated 27 Jan 2012
38
16th
Dull: The Movie
Rated 20 Sep 2010
90
58th
Really surprised how much I liked this movie.
Rated 05 Jun 2010
50
50th
Only okay.
Rated 15 Dec 2011
25
7th
Uninspired supernatural tale that suffers due to poor casting choices (especially Rowlands).
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
61st
voodoo
Rated 22 Jun 2008
40
6th
For some reason, I liked the ending. That's about it, though.
Rated 14 Jun 2009
40
43rd
New Orleans is a scary place, not that this movie was very scary but it had an interesting premise.
Rated 12 Apr 2007
57
16th
Had a neat premise and an amazing setting, but I really felt like more could have been done with both. Ends up being pretty average as a result.
Rated 14 May 2010
48
39th
Mistake - When Ben falls from the roof and into the leaves during the storm, you can see the mat that he lands on move from under the leaves.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
30
19th
Ring wannabe, don't bother, despite the names attatched.
Rated 07 Nov 2009
70
67th
Far better than it's reputed to be. Rowlands, Hurt, and Sarsgaard are all outstanding actors and really help make this film work. What it does is play a game with the audience about the authenticity of one the core story mechanics. But while you're busy wondering just how much audacity the film has, it's busy raising the stakes again and again. It's not great, and may be outright weak in subsequent viewings, but it's fun. I loved the ending.
Rated 13 Mar 2022
45
5th
Kindanotpayingattention+Kseems/looksweird+believingincurespellwasworking+guyhelpingsacKsoshe'llteachhim+childibelieveyou'vebrokenmylegsetclool-nowthatshebelievesthespelltrapsher-IDONTBELIEVEetcmirrorsmashintoherlool+blackladyspiritgotoutintoKlol
Rated 21 Aug 2007
15
18th
Crap
Rated 25 Mar 2007
61
29th
Is vaguely decent due to how hot Kate Hudson is.
Rated 04 Mar 2009
40
44th
Decent twist.
Rated 10 Aug 2008
90
23rd
good until the end....then it sucked
Rated 12 Jan 2007
1
0th
Ok, this is beyond ridiculous.
Rated 27 Dec 2012
47
44th
Kate Hudson is generic, and the ending was spot on, but the overall the idea is interesting.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
61
34th
Underrated movie and performance by Kate Hudson. It has a genuinely suprising ending, and a really moody atmosphere, as well as a creepy Gena Rowlands make it a good rental.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
38th
Bonus points for great atmosphere and some good acting. Decent plot but I pretty much guessed halfway through what was going on.
Rated 25 Jan 2009
65
30th
Entertaining.
Rated 15 Feb 2014
60
69th
This is how conspiracy theorists are born. For some, their belief in the wacko is so strong it comes to define who they are as a person. Here, the theory of the day is fueled by white guilt, or rather the conviction that the people you've oppressed are bound to get their revenge. It's a clumsy movie for sure, and takes a lot of time to get going, but it's still quite enjoyable.
Rated 13 Aug 2009
52
76th
One of the best supernatural movies I've ever seen. Perhaps the best horror I've ever seen.
Rated 18 Mar 2007
0
3rd
I friggin' hate "It was them all along" twists.
Rated 08 Nov 2016
40
3rd
??
Rated 22 Feb 2008
45
1st
****spoiler alert**** If you like Tales From the Darkside, you might like this, but I came away feeling terrible from the way the story ended. I need my happily ever after!!!!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
36th
Nice new ideas for an horror flick. Cinematography looks good. SWEET twist at the end.
Rated 11 Feb 2011
45
3rd
Tedious supernatural would-be thriller squanders a good cast.
Rated 04 Jan 2009
77
73rd
A bit of an odd movie idea, but I didn't really mind it oo much.
Rated 12 May 2011
50
22nd
The ending made this movie not so bad :}
Rated 19 Aug 2010
47
33rd
Satisfyingly couple steps ahead of an average Hollywood supernatural thriller. Since Angel Heart I find southern magic themed movies very intriguing and atmospheric. Although it's not a very cheesy movie, the story doesn't shine as extremely original.
Rated 24 Aug 2010
70
21st
Disappointing story considering the interesting premise. Hudson's performance just couldn't stand up to the material. The remaining cast was decent and the ending had a fairly good twist. Watch at your own risk.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
42nd
It wasn't bad.
Rated 04 Jul 2011
88
70th
Gran peli... al que le gusta el género quer la mire si o si,..
Rated 17 Oct 2010
15
21st
"In the tradition of Angel Heart, it looks to stir cultural anxiety by introducing a pretty white thing into a sinister world where "black" magic reigns supreme." - Ed Gonzalez
Rated 01 Feb 2012
96
93rd
It's a movie that you want to watch and it's not boring at all.I think it's very cool and mysterious about voodoo.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
33
22nd
Forgettable ghost story given extra resonance due to the disaster of New Orelans, and it still doesn't emerge as anything worth watching. Kate Hudson looks great in panties- if you must know.
Rated 21 Feb 2007
55
49th
Surprisingly good with a great twist.
Rated 01 Apr 2020
86
65th
A good watch. It's not boring.
Rated 08 Jul 2007
82
78th
A run-of-the-mill thriller that manages to have enough flair, bravado and subtlety to be distinctive.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
35
10th
Being a horror film I was ready to give it about a 22, but the plot twists actually caught me off guard, and for that, I give it a little higher score. A horror movie that can leave you thinking a little bit.
Rated 03 Nov 2007
78
84th
Great plot twists and good hints on them on they way there. These kinds of thriller-horrors are rare these days. You don't always need the computer animated monsters or little chinese girls to feel spooked! I loved the idea of "it's not real unless you believe it". That's the way I think ghost and magic really exists..
Rated 04 Jun 2007
34
35th
Atmospheric, but as forgettable as...well, the Earth's atmosphere?
Rated 10 Jan 2007
67
52nd
Rewatched in 01.2021 and raised my ranking from 63 to 67!
Rated 07 Aug 2007
65
28th
Good twist ending, horrible fucking movie.
Rated 20 Feb 2010
48
13th
47.500
Rated 14 Nov 2009
58
61st
Okay Movie
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
69th
The trailer made it look terribly predictable which is why I skipped it in theaters. Thankfully I caught it on DVD and was genuinely surprised. A creepy little film with a fantastic ending that doesn't feel tacked on like so many twist endings.
Rated 31 Aug 2008
7
26th
...
Rated 17 Jun 2008
9
9th
The best thing I can say about The Skeleton Key is that watching it is slightly preferable to gargling lizard jizz.
Rated 26 Aug 2011
70
25th
A decent horror/thriller with a neat twist, but doesn't really amount to much more than that.
Rated 28 Sep 2008
1
2nd
I actually saw this in the theater and don't know how I sat through it. It has some crap about Cajun mysticism and the plot doesn't make much sense. An awful display of modern American cinema's shit-tastic-ness.
Rated 30 Nov 2007
55
35th
+ worth experiencing :: the ending redeems all the terrible stuff that comes before it. (and earns the film a full extra point.)
Rated 21 Sep 2007
90
75th
A really intresting story, if you like mystery you will enjoy this movie.
Rated 13 Aug 2009
15
71st
Possibly the best supernatural thriller/horror ever. I had no idea what was happening until the climax, and all the same I was not cheated by a ridiculous plot, and more over it felt real/believable.
Rated 17 Dec 2009
45
3rd
Thrilling to a point, but beyond that point it is a weird voodoo mystery that is sort of a let down
Rated 09 Jun 2007
80
75th
I hated the ending.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
77
48th
not bad for a mystery, but no gore!
Rated 07 Jun 2021
74
46th
This was an interesting mystery/thriller that deals with things like hoodoo, a topic I don't see very often in movies. Kate Hudson does alright, but I actually thought John Hurt killed it in the role, especially because he physically doesn't do much. He's in bed the whole movie, and barely says a word - he just has to emote SO MUCH thoughout the film and he does that really, really well.
Rated 07 Feb 2008
76
53rd
Well crafted intrique that unraveled quite nicely. Definitely a thriller and not a horror as there were no scares at all but I still dug it.
Rated 27 Oct 2008
10
17th
Woot, awesome twist... pft.
Rated 17 Sep 2007
50
22nd
decent
Rated 09 Oct 2007
65
52nd
I guess, the movie has a good suspense, but the end... Holly crap, finished with the whole expectation of being a good movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
50th
Not a bad movie for the genre. If your old and slow like me you probably won't see what is going on until the end.

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