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The Skeleton Key (2005) Poster

Goofs

Crew or equipment visible 

After Caroline decides not to throw her patient's belongings in the trash container, the lid is lifted up (by an off screen crew member) before she grabs it in order to close it.

Character error 

Caroline needs chalk to make a protective hoodoo symbol. She uses blackboard chalk, but that is made of gypsum, not of calcite.

Continuity 

When Caroline is giving Ben his second bath she soaks the sponge with soap and water. A second later when she goes to get the mirror her hand is completely dry.
When Caroline is giving Ben his bath, she drops both the soap and sponge into the bathtub water. When she comes back to the bathtub, the soap is still floating in the water, but the sponge has appeared on the rack over the tub.
When Caroline is reporting for her interview, she steps out of her car and walks up to the house for the first time. We see her back from the car's side mirror. In reality, the car is parked (and she walked) in a direction that would not allow her to be visible in the car's side mirror.
When Caroline first finds the door in the attic, there's a flowery pattern on it. When she goes back to unlock it later, it's not the same doorknob.
When Ben is trying to kill himself, Caroline isn't as wet when she goes to wake up Violet, but is completely wet when she first goes outside to help Ben.
When Caroline crashes into the gate with the Volkswagen, the front bumper falls off. It disappears and reappears between shots.
Toward the beginning of the movie, Caroline takes a shower and goes to sleep. She is awoken by Ben crawling on the roof and goes outside to save him. The rain makes her faces drip mascara, which she never had time to put on since her shower.
When Caroline is showing Jill the newspaper ad for the hospice job, she has circled it numerous times with wide pen strokes. When Jill looks at it again, the pen strokes have obviously changed positions, more an oval shape.

Crew or equipment visible 

When Caroline finds the mirrors in the attic, another person's reflection is behind her.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Caroline makes a 911 call, she gives the street address of the house and says it's "in Terrebone Parish." Parishes are like counties in that they are composed of many, many different small towns and cities. She would have to give a specific city/town name in order for emergency vehicles to get there. However, because the house isn't located in any particular town (but rather out in the swampland), it is more likely that the address given to 911 by Caroline IS the full address, and that what is supposed to be a street name is actually just a name of a very scarcely settled small town with no particular streets. Thus, an address consisting of just a town name and house number would be legitimate.

Plot holes 

Violet rides up in the elevator when all power is out.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the beginning of the movie a man is supposed to be dead but you can still see him breathing.

Spoilers 

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Continuity 

When Caroline is escaping from Violet for the first time, she spots the boat and you can see some of hair in front of her face, in the next shot her hair in front of her face switches sides.

Continuity 

When Caroline is getting everything ready for the conjure of protection, she slices her hand and puts the blood on the sulfur. The blood then disappears and reappears between shots.
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Continuity 

At the end of the movie when Caroline is smoking, her hand is completely bloody. When Caroline grabs the Remedy from Luke, her hand isn't as bloody, but the blood reappears in subsequent shots.

Continuity 

At the end of the movie Caroline is brought into the house by Luke. She has her hands tied behind her back and has mascara streaking down her face. When we see her again, the streaks are not running down her face but just around her eyes, yet she has no hands free to wipe them off.

Continuity 

The gag in Caroline's mouth changes position as she pulls up to the house. It goes from a twisted to a flapping gag, then back to a wrapped gag.

Crew or equipment visible 

When Caroline is trying to escape with Ben, the first time she tries to bang into the gate and break the lock, she looks back and in the window of the house you can see the camera flashing.

Revealing mistakes 

As Caroline throws Violet over the stairwell, the back of her shirt flies up, revealing a protection pad across her lower back.

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