History Film / TheSkeletonKey

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
%%*
* 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.]]
31st Dec '15 10:04:51 AM mephistos
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* AgentSkully: 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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* AgentSkully: 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.]]
31st Dec '15 10:04:33 AM mephistos
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* AgentSkully: 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.]]
5th Dec '15 3:24:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* DownerEnding: Read above for TheBadGuyWins.
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