I grew up with my mother watching Perry Mason every Saturday morning. When I got older, my mother and I went to the cinema every Saturday and checked out all the goosebump movies. We loved a good thriller.
After I had my first baby, my husband and I made a rare date to the movie to see a Stephen King movie. We left after the first ten minutes. Motherhood had changed me forever. I couldn't stomach it.
Now that baby is nineteen and my "baby" is five. The other day I had a rare desire to see something spine-tingly and picked-up The Skeleton Key starring Kate Hudson. The other afternoon I had a rare chance of being alone and bored. So I popped in that spine-tingly DVD and enjoyed the fact that my stomach was back in the buff.
Now, just for the record, I still prefer a comedy over a horror movie; but I adore a good thriller with a "twist" at the end. All you M. Night Shyamalan fans will know what I'm talking about. Give me the Sixth Sense, The Village, and Signs anyday. That's good film-making. That's good *hang-onto-your-socks* suspence.
So when I saw the plug that The Skeleton Key's ending was marked "one of the best twists since The Sixth Sense" I figured a twist good enough for M. Night Shyamalan was good enough for me.
Another appeal for me was that The Skeleton Key was set in my home state of Louisiana and I do love to see how outsiders portray us down here. I really do. I find it fascinating. I love to see if the director gets it "right" or not.
A Louisiana swamp? A backwater plantation home? A forbidden attic? An old skeleton key? Shrouded secrets? A Shyamalan twist?
Sounded good to me. And it was.
Granted, the movie is slow-paced and dark and I think they dragged the ending out a bit but the overall effect was a good movie, well-worth the lazy afternoon I spent here in Louisiana. The scenery they filmed of Louisiana was extremely accurate. I even laughed over the muddy yard and Ben taking a twig to his boot. Our yard is so like that at this moment.
And the twist, you ask? Perfect! It is worthy of M. Night Shyamalan. Can there be higher praise?
Edited to add: This movie is not scary in the least. Though not for a young audience, it is pretty harmless in the spook tactic. And you don't have to worry about a weak stomach. The "boo" moments are about as bad as a black cat whisking his tail at you. There is no nudity but it seems Hollywood couldn't resist showing Kate Hudson in the brief. Again, not for young viewers.