History Film / TheSkeletonKey

6th Apr '18 12:36:23 PM eroock
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* DoorHandleScare: In the scene where Caroline is roaming around the attic, there is a close-up on a door handle and the doors starts rattling.
24th Mar '18 5:33:21 PM fearlessnikki
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* AmoralAttorney: [[spoiler: It seems that Luke is this at first, as he's in league with Caroline. But it turns out he's really Justify, who stole the body of the real Luke]].



* CatchPhrase: Violet says "fiddlesticks" a few times.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: The brick dust Violet uses in the house. Caroline remembers it and uses it to test if Violet means her harm. [[spoiler: She then exploits the dust she had left in the doorway to get away from Luke in the climax]].
* ChekhovsGun: It's mentioned at one point that Luke is helping Violet update her will. [[spoiler: In the end it's revealed they left Caroline the house, so Cecile can move in]].



* DaddysGirl: Caroline was one due to being raised just by her father. His death before she knew he was sick is a primary motivator in helping Ben.
* DamselOutOfDistress: [[spoiler: Caroline is able to get away from Luke and Violet in the climax several times]].
* DramaticThunder: A thunderclap strikes just as Caroline's spell to make Ben talk works.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Caroline walking into the Deveraux house when no one answers the door shows that she's quite prone to snooping.



* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Being stuck in a body old and decrepit, unable to talk, helped by two "caring" people who at least will put you out of your misery soon.]]

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* FateWorseThanDeath: ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Caroline's curly hair is worn straight as soon as we move into the third act.
* FateWorseThanDeath:
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[[spoiler:Being stuck in a body old and decrepit, unable to talk, helped by two "caring" people who at least will put you out of your misery soon.]]



* FourIsDeath: [[spoiler: Caroline seals her fate by creating a protection circle with four ingredients]].



%%* HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler:Implied, as a ruse. It's ''[[MetaphoricallyTrue not exactly that]]'', but ''worse''.]]

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%%* * HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler:Implied, as a ruse. It's ''[[MetaphoricallyTrue not exactly that]]'', [[spoiler:A variation. The Conjure of Sacrifice does involve sacrificing another person - but ''worse''.Cecile describes it as "more like a trade".]]



%%* HouseOfBrokenMirrors

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%%* HouseOfBrokenMirrors* HouseOfBrokenMirrors: The climax in the attic features lots of smashed mirrors.


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* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler: Caroline at one point is ready to run away but chooses to stay because Ben needs her. It turns out he was never in any major danger, and she could have saved herself had she run away]].


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* MissingMom: Caroline says her mother left when she was younger.
* MyCarHatesMe: Caroline's car fails her [[spoiler: when trying to escape the house with Ben]].


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* NeverMessWithGranny: Violet demonstrates in the third act that she's not as weak and docile as you'd expect a woman of her age to be.


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* OldDarkHouse: The house has been built since at least before the 1920s, and it's frequently dark and shadowy.


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* SouthernGothic: The movie takes place in a former southern plantation house, with appropriately creepy shots of the bayou and swamp. The house was once elegant but is now slightly decaying.
* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow: It's said that Papa Justify's Conjure of Sacrifice was this.
* VillainousIncest: Implied. [[spoiler: Cecile and Justify possessed the bodies of a brother and sister in the past, presumably living together as a couple]].
5th Mar '18 12:15:37 PM Owlorange1995
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Possibly the case with [[spoiler:Papa Justify and Cecile, who took the bodies of Thorpe's children before they were lynched. It's not made clear if they are genuinely horrified or see it as a necessary setback to their plan.]]
10th Jul '17 9:28:58 PM Mdumas43073
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A 2005 horror movie, starring Creator/KateHudson as a hospice worker who takes a job caring for an invalid at an old house in [[TheBigEasy New Orleans]]. Things rapidly go downhill as the old man's wife behaves strangely, a locked room in the attic contains [[HollywoodVoodoo evidence of hoodoo rituals]], and she finds the poor guy desperately wants to escape...

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A 2005 horror movie, PsychologicalHorror film directed by Iain Softley, starring Creator/KateHudson as Creator/KateHudson, Creator/JohnHurt, and Gena Rowlands.

Caroline (Hudson) is
a hospice worker who takes a job caring for Benjamin (Hurt), an invalid at an old house in [[TheBigEasy New Orleans]]. Things rapidly go downhill as the old man's wife Violet (Rowlands) behaves strangely, a locked room in the attic contains [[HollywoodVoodoo evidence of hoodoo rituals]], and she finds the poor guy desperately wants to escape...
10th Jul '17 9:24:42 PM Mdumas43073
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2005 horror movie, starring Creator/KateHudson as a hospice worker who takes a job caring for an invalid at an old house in [[TheBigEasy New Orleans]]. Things rapidly go downhill as the old man's wife behaves strangely, a locked room in the attic contains [[HollywoodVoodoo evidence of hoodoo rituals]], and she finds the poor guy desperately wants to escape...

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A 2005 horror movie, starring Creator/KateHudson as a hospice worker who takes a job caring for an invalid at an old house in [[TheBigEasy New Orleans]]. Things rapidly go downhill as the old man's wife behaves strangely, a locked room in the attic contains [[HollywoodVoodoo evidence of hoodoo rituals]], and she finds the poor guy desperately wants to escape...
24th May '17 8:56:23 AM xcountryguy
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* AgentScully: Caroline is new to the area in which she takes her job as caretaker, and the lore and traditions of the region strike her both as strange and silly... [[spoiler: At least, at first. As time goes on and she is exposed to things she has trouble rationalizing, she starts to believe and begins playing by the rules of Hoodoo... Which was actually the antagonists' hope, as it results in the loss of her very useful AntiMagic quality.]]
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Hoodoo is a real folk practice, albeit not as sinister as the film tries to make it (and contrary to what Jill implies in her InfoDump, most of it's adherents are Protestant Christians - in other words, God has ''everything'' to do with it).
* AndIMustScream: A nasty potion is used repeatedly, that leaves victims with all the effects of a stroke. [[spoiler: Caroline is made to drink it at the end.]]
* AntiMagic: Not believing in Hoodoo will make it useless against you. Caroline doesn't believe it [[spoiler: until she starts following suggestions to ward off Violet, thus accidentally pulling herself into it...]].

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* AgentScully: Caroline is new to the area in which she takes her job as caretaker, and the lore and traditions of the region strike her both as strange and silly... [[spoiler: At [[spoiler:At least, at first. As time goes on and she is exposed to things she has trouble rationalizing, she starts to believe and begins playing by the rules of Hoodoo... Which was actually the antagonists' hope, as it results in the loss of her very useful AntiMagic quality.]]
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Hoodoo is a real folk practice, albeit not as sinister as the film tries to make it (and contrary to what Jill implies in her InfoDump, most of it's its adherents are Protestant Christians - in other words, God has ''everything'' to do with it).
* AndIMustScream: A nasty potion is used repeatedly, that leaves victims with all the effects of a stroke. [[spoiler: Caroline [[spoiler:Caroline is made to drink it at the end.]]
* AntiMagic: Not believing in Hoodoo will make it useless against you. Caroline doesn't believe it [[spoiler: until [[spoiler:until she starts following suggestions to ward off Violet, thus accidentally pulling herself into it...]].



* BlackBestFriend: Caroline's, who knows about Voodoo but doesn't practice it. [[spoiler: ''Possibly'' may have noticed "Caroline" speaking like an old lady at the end.]]

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* BlackBestFriend: Caroline's, who knows about Voodoo but doesn't practice it. [[spoiler: ''Possibly'' [[spoiler:''Possibly'' may have noticed "Caroline" speaking like an old lady at the end.]]



* BodySurf: [[spoiler: Cecile and Justify's method of immortality.]]
* BrotherSisterIncest (maybe): [[spoiler: Cecile and Justify are a married couple who possessed the bodies of a brother and sister. When said siblings were children.]]
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: Jill explains that the Hoodoo can't hurt you if you don't believe. [[spoiler: It turns out the master plan is to ''make'' Caroline believe]].
* CreepyHousekeeper: Violet. She owns the house but has all the traits of a creepy housekeeper. She even tells Caroline not to bother with the housework, since she's the only one that knows how. [[spoiler: But then again she's really Cecile, who ''was'' the housekeeper in her first life]].

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* BodySurf: [[spoiler: Cecile [[spoiler:Cecile and Justify's method of immortality.]]
* BrotherSisterIncest (maybe): [[spoiler: Cecile [[spoiler:Cecile and Justify are a married couple who possessed the bodies of a brother and sister. When said siblings were children.]]
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: Jill explains that the Hoodoo can't hurt you if you don't believe. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It turns out the master plan is to ''make'' Caroline believe]].
* CreepyHousekeeper: Violet. She owns the house but has all the traits of a creepy housekeeper. She even tells Caroline not to bother with the housework, since she's the only one that knows how. [[spoiler: But [[spoiler:But then again she's really Cecile, who ''was'' the housekeeper in her first life]].



** [[spoiler: Don't forget the servants switching bodies with you, then having your parents unwittingly ''lynch you and burn you alive -- as young children''.]]

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** [[spoiler: Don't [[spoiler:Don't forget the servants switching bodies with you, then having your parents unwittingly ''lynch you and burn you alive -- as young children''.]]



* GrandTheftMe: The main goal of [[spoiler: Cecile and Justify. They steal the bodies of younger people so they can extend their lives]].

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* GrandTheftMe: The main goal of [[spoiler: Cecile [[spoiler:Cecile and Justify. They steal the bodies of younger people so they can extend their lives]].



* {{Manipulative Bastard}}: [[spoiler: Violet, or rather, Cecile, oh so very much. Acting nice while hiding your true intentions? If you look at her previous conversations with Caroline, you would realize that every single one of them foreshadows about what she's going to do. And yet Caroline ''doesn't take a single hint'' before it's too late.]]
* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler: Grace and Martin were unwittingly killed by their parents]].

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* {{Manipulative Bastard}}: [[spoiler: Violet, [[spoiler:Violet, or rather, Cecile, oh so very much. Acting nice while hiding your true intentions? If you look at her previous conversations with Caroline, you would realize that every single one of them foreshadows about what she's going to do. And yet Caroline ''doesn't take a single hint'' before it's too late.]]
* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler: Grace [[spoiler:Grace and Martin were unwittingly killed by their parents]].



* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler: The heroes accomplish absolutely nothing, and in the end, they suffer the same fate as all the other victims.]]

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* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The heroes accomplish absolutely nothing, and in the end, they suffer the same fate as all the other victims.]]
15th Mar '16 9:32:32 PM Dimas28
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* AndIMustScream: A nasty potion is used repeatedly, that leaves victims with all the effects of a stroke.

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* AndIMustScream: A nasty potion is used repeatedly, that leaves victims with all the effects of a stroke. [[spoiler: Caroline is made to drink it at the end.]]
* AntiMagic: Not believing in Hoodoo will make it useless against you. Caroline doesn't believe it [[spoiler: until she starts following suggestions to ward off Violet, thus accidentally pulling herself into it...]].



%%* {{Manipulative Bastard}}

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%%* * {{Manipulative Bastard}}Bastard}}: [[spoiler: Violet, or rather, Cecile, oh so very much. Acting nice while hiding your true intentions? If you look at her previous conversations with Caroline, you would realize that every single one of them foreshadows about what she's going to do. And yet Caroline ''doesn't take a single hint'' before it's too late.]]



* ShootTheShaggyDog: The heroes accomplish absolutely nothing, and in the end, they suffer the same fate as all the other victims.

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* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler: The heroes accomplish absolutely nothing, and in the end, they suffer the same fate as all the other victims.]]
12th Feb '16 2:54:22 PM fearlessnikki
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%%* TheBigEasy
%%* BigFancyHouse

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%%* TheBigEasy
%%* BigFancyHouse
* TheBigEasy: Caroline lives in New Orleans and goes back there to visit Jill. However most of the movie takes place in the swamps, notably outside New Orleans.
* BigFancyHouse: Given that the Devereauxs' house used to belong to a rich banker - in the Old South no less - it's particularly grand. Though it is a little overgrown and diminished.



%%* BlackMagic

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%%* BlackMagic* BlackMagic: Turns out that the antagonists are using Hoodoo folk magic.



%%* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve
%%* CreepyHousekeeper: Violet.

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%%* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve
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* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: Jill explains that the Hoodoo can't hurt you if you don't believe. [[spoiler: It turns out the master plan is to ''make'' Caroline believe]].
*
CreepyHousekeeper: Violet.Violet. She owns the house but has all the traits of a creepy housekeeper. She even tells Caroline not to bother with the housework, since she's the only one that knows how. [[spoiler: But then again she's really Cecile, who ''was'' the housekeeper in her first life]].



%%* FlyawayShot: How the movie ends.
%%* GrandTheftMe: The main goal of [[spoiler:Cecile and Justify]].

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%%* * FlyawayShot: How the The movie ends.
%%*
ends with a shot of the house, as the camera flies away.
*
GrandTheftMe: The main goal of [[spoiler:Cecile [[spoiler: Cecile and Justify]].Justify. They steal the bodies of younger people so they can extend their lives]].



* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:Averted. Cecile and Justify take over the bodies of little Martin and Grace, implicitly killing them in the process.]]
%%* {{Mammy}}: Mama Cecile for Martin and Grace.

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* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:Averted. Cecile and Justify take over the bodies of little Martin and Grace, implicitly killing them in the process.]]
%%*
But if one gets technical, only the children's minds died in the bodies of adults]].
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{{Mammy}}: Mama Cecile for Martin and Grace.Grace is a subversion, given that she's slim, attractive, married and a Hoodoo practitioner.
31st Dec '15 10:06:07 AM mephistos
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* AgentScully: Caroline is new to the area in which she takes her job as caretaker, and the lore and traditions of the region strike her both as strange and silly... [[spoiler: At least, at first. As time goes on and she is exposed to things she has trouble rationalizing, she starts to believe and begins playing by the rules of Hoodoo... Which was actually the antagonists's hope, as it results in the loss of her very useful AntiMagic quality.]]

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* AgentScully: Caroline is new to the area in which she takes her job as caretaker, and the lore and traditions of the region strike her both as strange and silly... [[spoiler: At least, at first. As time goes on and she is exposed to things she has trouble rationalizing, she starts to believe and begins playing by the rules of Hoodoo... Which was actually the antagonists's antagonists' hope, as it results in the loss of her very useful AntiMagic quality.]]
31st Dec '15 10:05:52 AM mephistos
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* AgentScully: Caroline is new to the area in which she takes her job as caretaker, and the lore and traditions of the region strike her both as strange and silly... [[spoiler: At least, at first. As time goes on and she is exposed to things she has trouble rationalizing, she starts to believe and begins playing by the rules of Hoodoo... Which was actually the intention of the antagonists and causes her to lose her very useful AntiMagic quality.]]

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* AgentScully: Caroline is new to the area in which she takes her job as caretaker, and the lore and traditions of the region strike her both as strange and silly... [[spoiler: At least, at first. As time goes on and she is exposed to things she has trouble rationalizing, she starts to believe and begins playing by the rules of Hoodoo... Which was actually the intention of antagonists's hope, as it results in the antagonists and causes her to lose loss of her very useful AntiMagic quality.]]
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