CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

"Found on the crossroads of Gospel Lane and Blues Avenue, "The Skeleton Key."

In the future, "The Skeleton Key" will be regarded as a celluloid of phophecy. For a contemporary ghost story, "The Skeleton Key" had the box office misfortune of being released when "The Sixth Sense," "What Lies Beneath" and "The Others" are still vividly remembered. Given the current events in New Orleans, "The Skeleton Key" will find a cult audience in the future. "The Skeleton Key" is set in New Orleans and the Louisiana swamplands. The issue of racial revenge is a key thematic element that sits on the crossroads between Gospel Land and Blues Avenue. This is a film that will offend the card carrying members of the Klu Klux Klan.

Kate Hudson portrays a caregiver who recently lost her father. She takes an assignment at a gothic mansion owned by Gena Rowlands and the bedridden John Hurt. Things go bump in the night and Nurse Hudson goes to investigate. At first she suspects patient abuse, but eventually the pretty nurse learns the occult differences between hoodoo and voodoo.

The strength of "The Skeleton Key" are the performances. From the low key scenes featuring discussions over ice tea to the violent emotional ones, Rowlands and Hudson hold audience interest. It is a film where throw away scenes provide important exposition double entendre. One dialogue scene about cultural morays and tattoos features a payoff during the film's climax.
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