Wow, the ending was NOT what I was expecting! Well done really, and it made you think about the movie long after it finished. The ending tied together all the subtle things that had been said/done during... Read morethe movie, which at the time seemed incidental but in reality was all part of the plot, so to speak. The only negative thing is that the movie itself was very dark and made watching a little difficult/tedious/annoying. But if you have a flash TV that probably won't be a problem! :o)
It can open any door.
Caroline (Kate Hudson) is a twenty-five-year-old hospice worker who cares for the ailing and the elderly, a job designed to atone for her own mistake for ignoring her dying father in the past, when she had been a rock 'n' roll manager. After her latest charge passes away, Caroline takes a job in Louisiana, caring for Ben (John Hurt), a stroke-victim who is bed-ridden and cannot speak. But Caroline becomes suspicious of the house, and Ben's cold wife, Violet (Gena Rowlands) only adds to the creepy atmosphere. After acquiring a skeleton key, Caroline makes her way into a secret room within the attic where she discovers hair, blood, bones, spells, and other instruments for practicing voodoo. Violet says she has never been in the secret room, but that the items probably belonged to the original owners' two houseworkers, who practiced black magic and were lynched as a result. Noting that Ben had his stroke in the attic after entering the room, Caroline is determined to unlock the secrets of the house, and rescue Ben from the horrors that hold him captive within.