The Skeleton Key

The Skeleton Key (2005)

8 mistakes

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Revealing mistake: When Ben falls from the roof and into the leaves during the storm, you can see the mat that he lands on move from under the leaves.


Continuity mistake: When Luke brings Caroline back to the house after knocking her out, Violet demands to know where Ben is. In this shot her tears are black because of the mascara, but in the next shot all her blackened tears have disappeared.

Continuity mistake: When Caroline first arrives at the house for her interview, she closes her car door and it cuts to her reflection walking away from the left hand wing mirror of the car, as if she is walking to the back of the car. The next shot, however, she is walking away from the car door which is directly behind her (rather than the car boot). There is no way she would have been reflected in the wing mirror if she was walking at this angle.

Continuity mistake: When Caroline is on the bus circling the newspaper ad for hospice caretaker, there is a black man, wearing a blue shirt, behind her in the next seat. In the next shot from the outside of the bus, that man in the blue shirt is gone. (On the DVD, there is a short deleted scene of the bus stopping between these two shots, allowing for the man's "disappearance" but it is still a continuity error within the film.)

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Caroline is giving Ben his bath and she shows him her mirror, he thrashes about wildly, as he can see his old self. When Ben thrashes about, you can see the top of the mesh body stocking they use on actors when nudity is not intended.

Factual error: In the scene where Caroline finds the conjure record, it is written in ink on the sleeve that it is from "New Iberia Parish". Such a parish does not exist in Louisiana. There is a town called New Iberia, but the parish for that town is Iberia Parish.

Continuity mistake: While Caroline gives Ben a bath, she drops the soap into the water causing her to get soap in her eye. When she gets up to check her eye she drops the sponge into the water, but when she returns the sponge is in the bathtub caddy.

Continuity mistake: When Caroline is going to her interview and drives past the older lady and girl on the road, she's wearing the outfit she wore when she moved in, not the interview dress.

Caroline Ellis: It's like, hypnotism, right? Suggestion? And when this stuff works, its because someone believes it works?.. And if you thought, you know, that magic made you sick... you might believe in a magic cure?
Mama Cynthia: Somebody been workin' roots on you.
Caroline Ellis: Say I knew someone who thought that they'd been.
Mama Cynthia: Crossed?
Caroline Ellis: Crossed. Would they believe that they could be... uncrossed?

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Question: Can someone please explain the ending to me? Did Luke use the spell too?


Chosen answer: The spell was performed on Luke at some point in the past by Violet's husband. Throughout the film, "Luke" is actually Justify in Luke's body.


Answer: Actually, as you see, the servants possessed the two children, so they didn't die right? And they both grew up to be violet and ben. Ben was ageing and became old so papa justify ended up taking control over Luke's (the lawyer) body and the real Luke was in ben's body. So papa justify and Luke had already switched bodies before the movie even started.

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