The Skeleton Key

Release August 12, 2005 (Wide)
Cast Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands, Peter Sarsgaard, John Hurt, Joy Bryant
Director Iain Softley
Writer Ehren Kruger
Genres Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Studio Universal Pictures
Length 104 mins.


An elderly woman (Rowlands) hires a live-in nurse named Caroline (Hudson) to care for her ailing husband (Hurt) in their home – a foreboding and decrepit Gothic mansion in the Louisiana delta. Intrigued by the enigmatic couple, their mysterious and secretive ways, and their rambling house, Caroline beings to explore the old mansion. Armed with a skeleton key that unlocks every door, she discovers a hidden attic room that holds a deadly and terrifying secret.

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