Spooky! Reviewing the reviews: 'The Skeleton Key'

9746__skeleton_lKate Hudson’s new thriller, The Skeleton Key, opens today, and coincidentally, dozens of newspaper writers across the country seem to have been possessed by the same cliché-spouting demon when writing the headlines for the film’s various reviews. Not to say that all the puns were scarily bad. Here’s the best and worst:

Best pun:
The Oregonian: Deep hoodoo

Runner-up, best pun:
Boston Herald: Help haunted: `Skeleton Key’ opens up world o’ snores

Most obvious non-effort (it’s a tie!):
The Cincinnati Post: Kate’s keys
Philadelphia Daily News: Kate’s horror flick

Say whaaa…?
The Seattle Times: ”Skeleton Key”: Dear Kate, we miss your sunny smile

Jauntiest imagery:
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Skeleton digs its own grave

Probably not what she was going for:
Daytona Beach News-Journal: Hudson adorable in ‘Key’

Inexplicably made me crave gumbo:
Philadelphia Inquirer: Stylish Cajun-country thriller doesn’t know when to quit

”How about unlocking your thesaurus?”
Minneapolis Star Tribune: ‘Skeleton Key’ opens door to terror
East Valley Tribune: ‘Skeleton Key’ opens door to mediocre movie
The State: ‘Skeleton Key’ unlocks only boredom
Asbury Park Press: ‘Key’ doesn’t unlock thrills
Detroit News: ‘Skeleton Key’ unlocks Kate Hudson’s potential
The Christian Science Monitor: Kate Hudson unlocks a skeletal plot


Comments (12 total) Add your comment
  • EP Sato

    I’m surprised there weren’t more jokes about voodo rather than the title.
    “Headless chickens, drooling old guys and oh yeah, Goldie Hawn’s daughter”
    “Whodo Voodoo? Penny Lane, that’s who”
    “Hudson’s doll gets needled”
    “Hudson “open” to suggestions after “Key” bombs at box office”

  • Bernard

    There should be an irony award for cliche and pun obssessed Entertainment Weekly having the nerve to critique/criticize the puns of other news outlets. As a friend of mine likes to say, it’s the pot questioning the pigmentation of the kettle. LOL

  • royneslo

    Just thought I’d say, I love the Friday rundown of review headlines. Keep ‘em coming!

  • Brian

    Deja Voodoo All Over Again

  • Vincent

    These headline posts you guys … and gals (don’t want to be sexist) do are what makes work bearable. Thank you.

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