The Skeleton Key

A Film Review By Jason L. King

Rating:Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, some partial nudity and thematic material
Starring:Kate Hudson
Directed By:Iain Softley

Final Grade:

Voodoo is a scary thing. Yup, I’ll admit it, I am a wus when it comes to those strange supernatural things that involve weird dolls and other crazy creepy looking riff raff. That’s probably because I imagine how many people have made their own Voodoo dolls with intent to use them on me. Thank god I don’t “believe” in that other wise I’d be a lot worse off.

Kate Hudson stars in the Skeleton Key as a young caretaker named Caroline who goes to aid an old man who had a stroke. As she arrives at the home of the man she finds him in a very creepy old house with his very eccentric wife who believes very strongly in the ideas of voodoo magic. But as Caroline begins to uncover the secrets of the house and her patient’s mysterious paralysis, a whole new mystery unfolds in front of her eyes.

I was very impressed with this film. I went in expecting very little and the film did a very nice job of keeping me entertained for two hours. Sure just like all suspense films it has it’s moments of cheap pops and thrills but this film was different. I thought it had a very good story behind the thrills. The horror/suspense genre seems to be a genre where quality stories are forgotten and it’s all about the making people jump, so when a good story is part of a suspense film’s combo it’s a delight.

Kate Hudson also does a great job in the film. Normally I admit to not being a huge Hudson fan, especially since someone once pointed out to me how much she “mugs” the camera in her films. This time around I think she did a decent job. Her character was believable and she actually helped become something more than jsut another run of the mill suspense films. She played a great damsel in distress. Kudos to her on a job well done.

The problem with the Skeleton Key is that its doesn’t have much of a rewatch value to it. I enjoyed the film once, maybe twice (assuming I watch it again) but I don’t think it carries with it that special something that makes you want to watch a film over and over again.

If you get the chance, check out the Skeleton Key on DVD. It’s a fun suspenseful watch that should provide an evening of entertainment. The acting is decent, the story is fun and it’s both a light hearted fright and delight. Problem is chances are a year from now you’ll probably have forgotten that it ever existed.

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