The Skeleton Key

Character: Caroline Ellis

Directed by: Iain Softley

Written by: Ehren Kruger

Produced by: Iain Softley, Daniel Bobker, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher

Cast Members: Gena Rowlands, John Hurt, Peter Sarsgaard, Joy Bryant

Released date: August 12, 2005

Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery

Duration: 1h 44min

Caroline Ellis (Kate Hudson), a good-natured nurse living in New Orleans, quits her job at a hospice to work for Violet Devereaux (Gena Rowlands), an elderly woman whose husband, Ben (John Hurt), is in poor health following a stroke. When Caroline begins to explore the couple's rundown Bayou mansion, she discovers strange artifacts and learns the house has a mysterious past. As she continues to investigate, she realizes that Violet is keeping a sinister secret about the cause of Ben's illness.


• It can open any door.
• You will believe.
• Fearing Is Believing

Character’s quotes

• It gets harder every time. They just don’t believe like they used to. Gotta get ’em all riled up.
• Yeah, well, homegrown southern wisdom seems to grow on trees around here.
• But I heard it can’t hurt you. It can’t hurt you if you don’t believe.
• The thing folks just don’t understand about sacrifice… sometimes it’s more of a trade.
• His words have gotten tied, tied in his throat, let the water run down, and cure this affliction. His tongue has gotten tied, tied and tangled, let the water run down, and cure this…

Script developed by Never Enough Design