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The Skeleton Key (2005)

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Drama, Horror, Mystery |

The Skeleton Key is a American supernatural horror film directed by Iain Softley, written by Ehren Kruger, and starring Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands, John Hurt, Peter Sarsgaard, and Joy Bryant. The Southern Gothic narrative follows a New Orleans hospice nurse who begins a job at a Terrebonne Parish plantation home, and becomes entangled in a supernatural mystery involving the house, its former inhabitants, and Hoodoo rituals and spells that took place there.

Caroline Ellis, a hospice aide, quits her position at a nursing home and is hired as the caretaker of an isolated plantation house in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. The aging matron of the house, Violet Devereaux, needs help looking after her husband Benjamin, who was mostly paralyzed by an apparent stroke. At the insistence of the family’s estate lawyer, Luke Marshall, Caroline accepts the position.

After Ben attempts to escape his room during a storm, Caroline investigates the house’s attic, where Violet said Ben suffered his stroke; she uses a skeleton key which Violet gave her. She discovers a secret room filled with ritual paraphernalia. Caroline confronts Violet, who reveals that the room used to belong to two African American servants who were employed at the house 90 years before.

Director: Iain Softley

Writer: Ehren Kruger

Stars: Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands, John Hurt, Peter Sarsgaard, Joy Bryant, Maxine Barnett, Fahnlohnee R. Harris

Cast:

Kate HudsonCaroline Ellis
Gena RowlandsViolet Devereaux
John HurtBen Devereaux
Peter SarsgaardLuke Marshall
Joy BryantJill
Maxine BarnettMama Cynthia
Fahnlohnee R. HarrisHallie (as Fahnlohnee Harris)
Marion ZinserBayou Woman
Deneen TylerDesk Nurse
Ann DalrympleC.N.A.
Trula M. MarcusNurse Trula (as Trula Marcus)
Tonya StatenNurse Audrey
Thomas UskaliRobertson Thorpe (as Tom Uskali)
Jen ApgarMadeleine Thorpe
Forrest LandisMartin Thorpe
Jamie Lee RedmonGrace Thorpe
Ronald McCallPapa Justify
Jeryl PrescottMama Cecile (as Jeryl Prescott Sales)
Isaach De BankoléCreole Gas Station Owner (as Isaach De Bankole)
Christa ThorneCreole Mother
Lakrishi KindredFrail Customer
Lawrence ‘King’ HarveyBar Man
Mark KrasnoffPickup Driver
SabahLuke’s Secretary
Susannah ThorarinssonWaitress in Bar
Bill H. McKenzieMr. Talcott
Joe ChrestParamedic
David J. CurtisParty Guest (as David Curtis)
Tiffany HellandParty Guest
Brian RuppertParty Guest (as Bryan Ruppert)
Philip FrazierRebirth Brass Band
Derek ShezbieRebirth Brass Band
Glen AndrewsRebirth Brass Band
Stafford AgeeRebirth Brass Band
Keith FrazierRebirth Brass Band
Derrick TabbRebirth Brass Band
Shamarr AllenRebirth Brass Band (as Shamar Allen)
Byron BernardRebirth Brass Band
Herbert StevensRebirth Brass Band
George HarperJazz Band
Howard McCaryJazz Band
Kevin O’NealJazz Band
Ryan PorterJazz Band
Rudy RegaladoJazz Band
Nolan ShaheedJazz Band
Dustin Fleetwood3rd Infantry Band Member
Roderick Harrison3rd Infantry Band Member
Torrey McKinley3rd Infantry Band Member
Rico E. AndersonOrderly in Hospital (uncredited)
Andreas BeckettBallroom Dancer (uncredited)
Pauline BoudreauxParty Guest (uncredited)
Kristi ChalaireClub Goer (uncredited)
Natasha DelahuntBallroom Dancer (uncredited)
James J. DuhonClub Goer (uncredited)
Ianello GarcinoMama Cecile’s Lyncher (uncredited)
Justin GroetschClub Goer (uncredited)
Michael Tyler HenryOlder Martin (uncredited)
Korey L. JarmonClub Goer (uncredited)
David JensenCountry Doctor (uncredited)
Patricia LaurietBallroom Dancer (uncredited)
Karen Kaia LiversPreacher (uncredited)
Melissa Reneé MartinCaviar Eating Guest (uncredited)
Natalie McNeilCigar Smoking Party Guest (uncredited)
Piper Moretti1930s Party Guest (uncredited)
Sarah Pettycrew KaniaBallroom Dancer (uncredited)
Karen PritchettBar Patron (uncredited)
Adam RouillierVigilante (uncredited)
Ross RouillierVigilante (uncredited)
Joel SchmidtTerrebonne Sheriff (uncredited)
Deanna Dylan Scott1920’s Party Dancer (uncredited)
L.J. StevensOlder Grace (uncredited)
Michael WozniakLynch Group Leader (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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