"Horror movie heroines (and they're almost always heroines) could dramatically
increase their survival chances if they would just follow three simple guidelines," writes
Jessica Reaves of <i>The Chicago Tribune</i>:<P>
1. "When house or apartment hunting, pay attention to creepy details: rooms that
are 'off-limits,' a history of murders and/or suicides by previous occupants or
aged lace curtains. These are never good signs and should be deal-breakers."
2. "If you move into the aforementioned haunted house/apartment and stumble on a
door that's locked, bolted and has wood planks nailed across it, you're probably
better off not finding out what's behind it."
3. "For heaven's sake, put some clothes on."
"Kate Hudson resolutely ignores all three rules in her latest endeavor,
'The Skeleton Key,' a serviceable but ultimately disappointing thriller set in
the Louisiana bayou," Reaves writes.
Google's aggregate review system gives the movie 2.5 stars out of a potential five.
The BBC calls it "daft...would be horror."