The Skeleton Key (2005)

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A young care worker takes a live in job looking after an elderly lady’s ailing husband but comes to suspect that she is the one responsible for his condition.

As the DVD cover screamed “FROM THE WRITER OF THE RING”! I was pretty sure what to expect from this film, but it actually doesn’t really fall into the generic J horror category at all. Having some of the feel of the “enemy within” Hitchcock thrillers such as Suspicion and Rebecca, it also has a some nice local deep southern colour, the photography is quite atmospheric and although it isn’t exactly full of surprises, there are enough twists and turns to maintain the interest.

Not exactly a cornucopia of originality and invention but The Skeleton Key is a decent piece of Twilight Zonery that’s a lot better than the similar The Others.

6/10

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