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Skeleton Key (2006)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | Video 5 December 2006
John Johnson's Skeleton Key is a horror comedy about a tabloid reporter, Howard, who in the process of covering a story on a five-legged two-headed goat comes across the town of Nilbog.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Johnson John Johnson ... Howard
Karthik Srinivasan Karthik Srinivasan ... Cornelius
David Simmons David Simmons ... Nicopernicus
William G. Smith William G. Smith ... Neil (as Liam Smith)
Paul Stark Paul Stark ... Evil
Jay Barber Jay Barber ... Dr. Noches
Denise Shrader ... Sandy
Hans David Moore Hans David Moore ... Leprechaun Stowaway
Mark Wagner Mark Wagner ... Mr. Harvey
Debbie Rochon ... The Bloufer Lady
Brinke Stevens ... Spiderella
Jimmy Belcher Jimmy Belcher ... Howard's Head Voices (voice)
Chris Jenkins Chris Jenkins ... Dr. Qubert / Mr. Sniffles
Lincoln L. Lilley Lincoln L. Lilley ... The King
Vicki Taylor Vicki Taylor ... Witch


John Johnson's Skeleton Key is a horror comedy about a tabloid reporter, Howard, who in the process of covering a story on a five-legged two-headed goat comes across the town of Nilbog.

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The wackiest mind screw yet!


Comedy | Horror


Not Rated

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Release Date:

5 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Buckingham, Virginia, USA See more »


Box Office


$6,000 (estimated)
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This film was based on two prior films of the same title by John Johnson. One was a short, and one a feature length. See more »


Dr. Noches: I hope you get some gasoline underwear and then run through hell!
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Followed by Skeleton Key 2: 667 Neighbor of the Beast (2008) See more »

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A very odd film. Is it a horror, a comedy, but wait there is a song too so is it a musical !!!!!
21 February 2015 | by CorblimeyGuvnorsSee all my reviews

A reporter sets out to find a five legged, two headed goat and arrives in the town of Nilbog. The town is infested with all manner of monsters. From Zombies through to Vampires.

Joh Johnson has quite an an impressive IMDb list of credits and to be continually working is a commendable thing.

I feel a bit guilty about not really liking this film. Judging by the reviews on here you really either love it or hate it. I would not go as far as saying I hated this. I just found it a bit juvenile and some of the characters really grated on me.

The concept is cool and starts off with a man watching the film in his bathroom. It then jumps back to him on numerous occasions and he passes comments on the action unfolding. Now if he had spoken in a normal voice (or really any other voice than the one used) this would have been fine, but he speaks his lines in a high pitched sequel. This seems to be a problem with a lot of the characters through out the film. There is also the Asian man who does not speak English, and he really just sounds like he is talking gibberish. Apparently the script was totally improvised.

Some of the physical special effects were good, but this was counterbalanced by some poor visual effects.

Acting generally was poor. There are appearances from Debbie Rochon and Brinkie Stevens, two well established scream queens. They are only briefly seen and Debbie has a slightly bigger part than Brinkie, who only really has a cameo.

The best thing about this was the music and there was a rock track that sounded very much like the Phantasm main title. Cool !!

Not a total waste as there were the odd scene that made me smile and keep my attention. Especially the Grease homage when the lead actor started to sing to a girl called Sandy!!!!!

There is even a couple of sequel's. Skeleton key 2: 667 the neighbour of the beast in 2008 and Skeleton key 3: The organ trail, made in 2011. So their must be a fan base out there somewhere.

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