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The Skeleton Key (film review)

Film: The Skeleton Key
Year: 2005
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Directed By: Iain Softley
Starring: Kate Hudson, Peter Sarsgaard, Joy Bryant
About: A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=654uzrc6Lsk

My Review:
Having not seen The Skeleton Key in years I decided to give it another watch especially as it has been a film stuck in my head that I want to see for a couple of weeks.

The film is about a woman who goes to a house in New Orleans and is helping to look after an old man, however when she goes to the attic she starts to notice that maybe something darker is happening within the house. Starting to believe hoodoo she starts to believe that maybe she is in danger but will she be able to escape the house?

I like this film and it reminds me of when I first started to really enjoy horror movies. I think this is a good film that doesn't have gore however is a creepy film to see and shows the story of the past and how it relates to the modern day as well as having everything in the film relevant. I also liked how the film put in hoodoo and how it was shown throughout the movie so that in order for it to work you had to believe in it and it shows how the girl goes from not believing in hoodoo to believing in it. I also like the twist that is in the movie at the ending which makes this a really enjoyable film for myself.

I did however find that some of the acting was a bit static and did make me a little bored at times throughout the film which was upsetting due to it being a really good plot. The Skeleton Key also seems to drag on a little bit and rather slow to get into which did make me mark down the film unfortunately. Finally, I believe that the film was not really that jumpy or scary for a horror film but did have moments which were really good for the film, I do wish it was a little bit creepier which would have matched the tone of the film really well.

Overall, I think that this film would be good for teenagers and those looking for a horror movie in which is not really that scary to watch. I also believe that this movie would be good for those who are wanting something that is a little different in terms of style of horror movie and is based on
hoodoo. This is a film in which I would watch again!

My Rating: 3/5 

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