They are to be taken away to hospice care to die, both of them unable to speak and unable to communicate to anybody what has happened to them. Perhaps because she finds Ben's condition compelling, Caroline accepts and moves into the mansion. She decides to help the invalid man, and asks for help from Luke. After conducting the ritual, Ben regains some ability to speak and move, and he begs Caroline to get him away from Violet. Caroline finds out a little about magic from her friend and former roommate, Jill Joy Bryant. Violet warns Caroline that she's decided to take them down and Caroline is not to replace them. Caroline visits the secluded New Orleans home, which is an old mansion near a bayou swamp, and meets her potential employers.Next
Emerging on another shore of the swamp, she hitches a ride back to New Orleans and goes to Luke's apartment, just as he gets a phone call from Violet. Caroline, who does not believe in magic, decides to learn about hoodoo, and believes Violet put an evil spell on Ben. A pair of black servants, Papa Justify and Mama Cecile, were brutally attacked and lynched during a party that was attended by many wealthy, powerful guests. We've listed a number of streaming and cable services - including rental, purchase, and subscription options - along with the availability of 'The Skeleton Key' on each platform. Justify and Cecile were discovered in the attic conducting a magic ritual with the two small children of the house, and the party guests reacted by dragging them outside, hanging them from a tree, and burning their bodies. The synopsis below may give away important plot points. Later, after a confrontation about the strange goings on, Violet explains the mansion's sordid past to Caroline.Next
She will be caring for Ben Devereaux John Hurt , who seems to have suffered some kind of stroke. Because hoodoo is supposedly only effective on those who believe in it, Cecile and Justify had to wait for Caroline to come to believe in hoodoo through her own investigation. They struggle on the second floor of the house, and Caroline hurls Violet over a banister. After Ben attempts to escape his room during a storm, Caroline uses a which Violet gave her, to investigate the house's attic, where Violet says Ben suffered his stroke. She also finds all of the house's mirrors, she she hangs one in Ben's room, much to Violet's horror. The last straw comes when Caroline finds boxes of items belonging to other recently deceased patients, all being stored in a dumpster, thrown out as garbage. She takes it to her own apartment so that she can listen to it in private, and it contains Papa Justify's voice reciting an incantation.
Family lawyer Luke Peter Sarsgaard hires her for one thousand dollars per week to take care of Ben Devereaux Sir John Hurt , the beloved husband of Violet Devereaux Gena Rowlands , who had a stroke and is totally paralyzed. After being told this Caroline wants to find out more details. Hunting down a streaming service to buy, rent, download, or view the Iain Softley-directed movie via subscription can be confusing, so we here at Moviefone want to help you out. Years ago, the house was occupied by wealthy white owners. She soon discovers the scary attic in the house, with all sorts of hoodoo recipes, spells, books, et cetera. Using a schematic that she snatched away from Violet, Caroline draws a magic circle around herself, using sulfur, chalk, blood and hair. When she wakes up again, she is bound and gagged, and Luke is driving her back to the Devereaux mansion.Next
Using a jar of red brick dust, she begins to seal herself off in the house, covering every dooryway and blocking Luke's advances towards her, but Violet appears and smashes the jar. The servants, Mama Cecile and Papa Justify, were renowned practitioners, and were after conducting a ritual with the owner's two children from whom Violet and Ben later bought the house. As Violet emerges from the house with a shotgun, Caroline manages to hide Ben in the tool shed and she promises to return for him. Violet tries to get Caroline to say she believes in hoodoo but she want say it. She incapacitates Violet and attempts to escape the house with Ben, but Violet uses magic to chain the front gate.Next
One night Caroline finds that Ben has somehow climbed out onto the roof outside his bedroom window, and he falls a short distance to the ground. She asks one of the proprietors, a blind woman, about the Conjure of Sacrifice, which she learns is a hoodoo spell wherein the caster steals the remaining years of life from the victim. Caroline confronts Violet, who reveals that the room used to belong to two servants who were employed at the house 90 years before. One night at dinner Caroline poisons Violet, and tries to escape the house with Benjamin. Oleh Dunia21 Synopsis A young hospice worker helping care for an invalid who lives in a remote mansion in the Louisiana bayous finds herself caught in the middle of morbid happenings centered around a group of Hoodoo practitioners. Caroline's certain that Violet did something to Benjamin, and she drives to a hoodoo store to get supplies to remove hoodoo from the mansion.Next
Violet tells Caroline that they do not keep mirrors in the house because they see reflections of Cecile and Justify in them. The album for The Skeleton Key succeeds at creating a mood, setting a tone, crafting a sustained feeling of dread and Southern Goth. It was released in North America on August 12, 2005. Violet revealed to be Mama Cecile, who had been occupying Violet's body through the Conjure wakes up in Caroline's body, and force-feeds Caroline now in Violet's body a potion that induces a stroke-like paralytic state as what was done to Ben. It's too bad the movie goes over the top and falls apart in the last third. . Seemingly anxious to put this to the test, Caroline uses her small compact mirror and holds it up to Ben's face while she is bathing him.Next
Soundtracks which freely mix score tracks with an assortment of songs from and inspired by the movie have always irked the true movie music fan. This is the circle in which the Conjure of Sacrifice takes place. Caroline ask Violet about the room and, Violet tells her that, two slaves lived in the room, and were killed for doing magic on the owners kids. After acquiring a skeleton key, Caroline makes her way into a secret room within the attic where she discovers hair, blood, bones, spells, and other instruments for practicing hoodoo. As the months goes by Caroline and Violet argue alot about Benjamin's health. His wife, Violet Devereaux Gena Rowlands , seems to immediately dislike and distrust Caroline, but Luke smooths it over and encourages Caroline to take the position. Caroline protects the house by putting white powder that doesn't allow evil to enter the room.Next
Caroline escapes him, gets into a fight with Violet and violently pushes her down the stairs, breaking her legs in the process. A young hospice worker helping care for an invalid who lives in a remote mansion in the Louisiana bayous finds herself caught in the middle of morbid happenings centered around a group of Hoodoo practitioners. A recording of the Conjure of Sacrifice plays, and the two. She falls, breaking her legs in the process, and Caroline makes a 911 phone call to the police. Caroline Kate Hudson is a quarter century old hospice specialist who thinks about the ailing and the old, an occupation intended to give penance for her own slip-up for ignoring her dying father before when she had been a stone and movie director. They were apparently well versed in the ways of Hoodoo, and Justify had even discovered a unique spell that was called the Conjure of Sacrifice. These musical chase sequences are interrupted here and there by atonal intermissions.
When Caroline begins to explore the couple's rundown Bayou mansion, she discovers strange artifacts and learns the house has a mysterious past. Curious to know what the movie's about? Violet drags herself into the attic just as Caroline finishes the circle. Caroline is now convinced that Violet herself has put a spell on Ben, and that she must get Ben away from the house for the spell to be broken. When Violet goes into town for her errands, Caroline explores the mansion with the key that Violet gives her. Caroline hides Ben on the property and enters Luke's office for help. She discovers a secret room filled with ritual. Luke suddenly appears behind her and strangles her until she is unconscious.Next