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The Skeleton Key
(2005)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
Edward Shearmur

Co-Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai
Jeff Toyne
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(August 2nd, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you are an enthusiast of classic blues tunes of a truly depressing nature, and could tolerate some twangy suspense underscore interspersed.

Avoid it... if you seek heightened intelligence in your horror works, and the same old stereotypical strikes and banging won't compensate for some good location design for America's deep south.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,285
WRITTEN 11/12/05
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The Skeleton Key: (Edward Shearmur) A stock thriller released in the height of summer, The Skeleton Key takes the notion of the haunted house and places it in the Louisiana delta region outside of New Orleans. One of the ironies of the film is that it seems to rain all the time in this place, and wouldn't you know... a "hurricane of the century" would hit the real life location a few weeks after the release of the film. The rain, unfortunately, is the only realistic leap of logic in this rather trashy film. It's amazing how such established groups of actors can end up in a rehash such as The Skeleton Key, with stereotypical horror twists and camera techniques that no longer cause the majority of the audience to even squirm slightly in its seats. Kate Hudson's primary character is given a skeleton (master) key to a mansion where she is the live-in nurse, and there is inevitably a room in the attic with a rattling door and all sorts of nasties within. Heck, there's even a gas station in this little town setting that looks perfect for Deliverance. The only variation on the horror theme here is the "Hoodoo" folk magic variation on familiar incantations and herbal remedies. Director Iain Softley has been deteriorating in his progression of projects, and he's been taking his loyal composer, Edward Shearmur, along for the ride. From The Wings of the Dove to K-Pax to The Skeleton Key, Shearmur's music for Softley's films has not stayed consistent with the otherwise slow, but sure increase in quality from the composer for other projects. One thing that Shearmur has going for him is an intelligence about genres of music, however, and he does his best to inject the spirit of America's deep south into the soundtrack. Hearing a genuine Southern twang in scores these days is relatively rare, and the album that Shearmur has put together includes some classic, historically regional songs.



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158 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.5 Stars
***** 16 5 Stars
**** 20 4 Stars
*** 30 3 Stars
** 53 2 Stars
* 39 1 Stars
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N.R.Q. - July 6, 2007, at 4:47 p.m.
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I disagree.. fans of shearmur will enjoy
Chris - January 19, 2006, at 2:45 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 52:48
• 1. Death Letter - performed by Johnny Farmer/Organized Noise (3:39)
• 2. Opening Titles (3:00)
• 3. Come On In My Kitchen - performed by Robert Johnson (2:49)
• 4. Barefoot Dancing - performed by Blackbud (3:42)
• 5. Ben Escapes (3:12)
• 6. Do Watcha Wanna - performed by Rebirth Brass Band (3:24)
• 7. 61 Highway Blues - performed by Mississippi Fred McDowell (3:11)
• 8. Violet's Story (2:28)
• 9. Hoodoo Woman (2:45)
• 10. God Moves on the Water - performed by Blind Willie Johnson (2:59)
• 11. The Goldrush - performed by Joe Washbourn (4:18)
• 12. Saving Ben (4:41)
• 13. Iko Iko - performed by The Dixie Cups (2:04)
• 14. The Conjure Room (5:53)
• 15. Conjure of Sacrifice - performed by Walter Breaux, Bruce 'Sunpie' Barnes, Fawn Lohnee Harris, Eluard Burt II & Alfred Roberts (2:40)
• 16. Thank You Child (2:04)

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The insert includes a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film.
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