The Skeleton Key dir. by

4 February 2006

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Rated :

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usThis is supposed to be a horror film, but the only thing horrifing is how bad the film is.

Set in the South of America, The Skeleton Key tells the story of Caroline, a hospice care nurse who ends up taking care of a stroke patient in his old, crumbling house. But she has issues, her father died when they weren’t talking and she regrets not being there for him.

She moves into the Devereaux house, but soon begins to hear strange noises and wonders hat exactly caused Ben’s stroke. And did his wife Violet have anything to do with it? And could she spend more time wandering around in virtually no clothes?

Talk about your predictable set up.
And there is the fact that there is this skeleton key, but it really isn’t an issue at all. In the opening few scenes we learn what it is, what it does and it doesn’t have any other role. Apart from being a key. Why call the film after it?

Anyways, there is a load of backstory about the previous owners, and the hanging of a black servant husband and wife. And voodoo, well hoodoo really, but still. And brick dust to keep out your enemies

And blah blah blah, a load of rubbish. You are never scared. You don’t really care what is going on, and although the ending is a little interesting it is too late to help the film.

Best thing about it; Peter Sarsgaard, but he’s only in it for a short while.

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5 Responses

  1. Carl V. says:

    And see I really enjoyed it. It wasn't great by any means but I thought it was good…entertaining. I loved all the shots inside the locks, etc, the weird camera angles. Very few horror movies are really scary, this one felt more old timey to me and I liked it.

  2. Fence says:

    Meh, I enjoyed some of the shots. But overall the film just didn't do anything for me.

    But yer man who wrote it was also invovled in The Brothers Grimm

  3. Carl V. says:

    Didn't know that, another film that I enjoyed better than most. A second viewing, however, just pointed out how much better it could have been had Gilliam been able to do his film.

  4. Fence says:

    I really enjoyed The Brothers Grimm Carl, but it was more the look than the story line. I'd watch it again, but agree that if Gilliam had been able to do things his way it would've been better, if it got made at all :)

  5. Carl V. says:

    I'm with you there, I have no complaints about the look which is amazing. I gave the movie a fairly good review which I still more or less agree with but I watched it on pay per view with my daughter the other day and my affection for it dropped markedly between first and second viewings and that doesn't often happen with me and movies.