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The swamp behind the Devereaux house was created with CGI effects. The actual house used in this movie, Felicity Plantation, is situated inland in St. James Parish, and is surrounded by farmland. The fictional Devereaux house was situated in Terrebonne Parish, which is coastal and swampy.
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Sir John Hurt offered to perform the stunt of Ben falling off the roof, but he was not allowed, as the stunt was ruled too dangerous to guarantee no injury.
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At the opening of this movie, the book that Caroline (Kate Hudson) is reading to the hospice patient is Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island". Toward the beginning of that work, Jim Hawkins is caring for the elderly Billy Bones after the man had a stroke. Caroline begins her ordeal in the same way: taking care of the elderly Ben Devereaux (Sir John Hurt) post-stroke.
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The gas station that Caroline visits has a wind chime made of bones hanging from the front entry way. They are opossum penile bones.
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When Luke (Peter Sarsgaard) is talking to Caroline (Kate Hudson) in her room, Violet (Gena Rowlands) walks in and says "so you two kids are getting to know each other", to which Luke replies that she (Violet) is the only woman in his life. This foreshadows the twist about Luke's and Violet's true identities.
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Early in the film, Violet voices her dismay that Caroline doesn't have a New Orleans accent. This is due to her plan to possess Caroline by the end of the film - and their accents wouldn't match.
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