Casts its Spell on DVD NOVEMBER 15, 2005
from Universal Studios Home Entertainment

songs may say so much, but it’s scary stories that really get our blood
pumping. Next Tuesday, November 15th, sees the DVD release of The Skeleton Key, a supernatural thriller starring Kate Hudson that weaves a tale of terror and suspense!

Caroline Ellis (Hudson) takes a job in Louisiana’s bayous, she unlocks
a deadly secret involving magic, conjure and sacrifice that pulls her
into a terrifying world of strange, frightening and unexplained
incidents. The key to escaping may lie in a decrepit attic, but if she
dares to believe in what she discovers, everything she fears will
become real! Filled with endless suspense and bone-chilling scares,
hold on for this terrific ride with "one of the best twists since The
Sixth Sense" (Melanie Moon, WB-TV)!

The Skeleton Key DVD opens a Pandora’s box of extra features, as it lifts the veil on some of the filmmakers’ supernatural secrets:
- Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Director Iain Softley
Behind the Locked Door – Making The Skeleton Key: A behind-the-scenes
making of The Skeleton Key that includes interviews with Director Iain
Softley, Kate Hudson, Peter Sarsgaard, and John Hurt.

- Exploring Voodoo/Hoodoo: Explore the symbols, chants, and history of hoodoo, and the religion of voodoo.
- Kate Hudson’s Ghost Story: Kate Hudson tells a chilling true ghost story from her past.
- Recipe & Ritual: Making the Perfect Gumbo!
Blues in the Bayou: Music Supervisor Sara Lord and Director Iain
Softley discuss the roots and history of bluegrass music and how its
spirituality adds suspense to the film.

Plantation Life: Learn the true history of Plantation Life through
interviews with plantation owners Stan and Irma Waguespack and Norman

Casting The Skeleton Key: Through interviews with cast and filmmakers,
we discover why the actors chose to play these characters.

- John Hurt’s Story: John Hurt reads a disturbing excerpt from the book Voices from Slavery.
- A House Called Felicity: Through interviews with cast and crew, we discover how the film’s locations were chosen.
- Gena’s Love Spell: Gena Rowlands shows the viewer a voodoo spell that will create love and friendship.
- Audio Commentary with Director Iain Softley

Studios Home Entertainment is teaming up with CHUD to offer a very cool
and very unique contest. One lucky winner is going to get:

- a 27” flat screen TV

- a DVD player

- and a ten pack of scary Universal DVDs

do you win? It’s not so simple this time – you’re going to have to
actually work for this one! Just as Kate Hudson shares her own personal
ghost story on The Skeleton Key’s
DVD bonus features, to be eligible to win our prize, you’ll need to
share an original scary ghost story of your own! And…I won’t be
deciding on the winner – that’ll be up for a vote by all CHUD readers!

are the restrictions on your ghost story? None, but remember that it’s
being voted on by readers, so keep in mind what will make people want
to read the whole thing and then vote for you.

Get writing! The
contest begins immediately and we will stop accepting entries on
November 22. We will have polls set up on our message board where
readers can vote on each day’s batch of stories. Then we’ll have a big
final vote with each day’s winners.

Send your story – in a Word Document only – along with your name and mailing address, to with THE SKELETON KEY DVD in the subject.

Eligibility: The Skeleton Key DVD Contest (the "Contest") is open only
to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of
Columbia who are at least thirteen (13) years old at the time of entry.
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2. Sponsor: – Cinematic Happenings Under Development 4915 Camberbridge Dr. Alpharetta, GA 30022.
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