The Skeleton Key (2005)

It can open any door.

Blu-ray, 1h 44min
Rating: 6.5
Votes: 107801
Languages: English, French
Country: USA, Germany
Director: Iain Softley
Writer: Ehren Kruger

Plot outline

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


A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past. - Anonymous

Caroline Ellis, a Nurse, quits her job to take care of a elderly man named Ben Devereux who has had a stroke and can't talk. When she gets to the Home in Terrebone parish Louisiana, Ben's wife, Violet Devereux acts suspicious and creepy. The Family Lawyer, Luke Marshall tries to convince her to stay. Caroline ends up staying. She ends up in the attic and she finds a secret room in the attic full of spells, hair and bones used to practice HooDoo. Violet says she has never seen the secret room. Caroline wants to help Ben, she thinks his wife Violet has put a spell on him. She knows HooDoo can't hurt you if you don't believe. Caroline does whatever she can to save Ben from his wife and crazy things start to happen. - amberbrigman

A young hospice worker helping care for an invalid who lives in a remote mansion in the Louisiana bayous finds herself caught in the middle of morbid happenings centered around a group of Hoodoo practitioners. - Ed

Caroline (Kate Hudson) is a twenty-five-year-old hospice worker who cares for the ailing and the elderly, a job chosen to atone for ignoring her own dying father in the past, when she was a rock and roll manager. After her latest charge passes away, Caroline takes a job in Louisiana, caring for Ben (Sir John Hurt), a stroke victim who is bedridden and cannot speak. But Caroline becomes suspicious of the house, and Ben's cold wife, Violet (Gena Rowlands), only adds to the creepy atmosphere. After acquiring a skeleton key, Caroline makes her way into a secret room in the attic where she discovers hair, blood, bones, spells, and other instruments for practicing hoodoo. Violet says she has never been in the secret room, but that the items probably belonged to the original owners' two houseworkers, who practiced black magic and were lynched as a result. Noting that Ben had his stroke in the attic after entering the room, Caroline is determined to unlock the secrets of the house, and rescue Ben from the horrors that hold him captive within. - Tickleberry

This movie is about a twenty-five-year-old woman who gets a job as a caretaker living in a plantation home in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. She soon discovers the scary attic in the house, with all sorts of hoodoo recipes, spells, books, et cetera. She starts to investigate and question Violet (Gena Rowlands), the owner of the house, about the secrets. But if she believes in what she discovers, it will all become real. - Peyton

Nurse Caroline Ellis (Kate Hudson) decides to quit her job in a hospital and work for a family in the swamps of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. Family lawyer Luke (Peter Sarsgaard) hires her for one thousand dollars per week to take care of Ben Devereaux (Sir John Hurt), the beloved husband of Violet Devereaux (Gena Rowlands), who had a stroke and is totally paralyzed. Violet gives a skeleton key of the huge house to Caroline, and the curious young woman finds a secret creepy hoodoo room in a scary attic that belonged to a couple of sorcerers that worked in the house. Caroline, who does not believe in magic, decides to learn about hoodoo, and believes Violet put an evil spell on Ben. She decides to help the invalid man, and asks for help from Luke. - Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil