Best horror movie factual errors of 1979
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Factual error: When Holmes gets rundown by the carriage, he gets taken home and Watson ministers to his head wound. Holmes gets up a short time later and refers to the carriage as a hansom, which is a little two-wheeled cab. The attacker drove a brougham, with four wheels and four-in-hand horses. Even with a slightly bruised head, the master of observation would never make this simple yet telling mistake as he's shown seeing the carriage. The type of carriage is vital to the plot later as it suggests the wealth and status of the murderer and it appears to be used to commit the crimes.
Factual error: Mike attaches a shotgun shell to a hammer to blow a hole in a door. This would be quite likely to kill him - in a shotgun blast, the explosive force, and hence the buckshot, is channelled along the gun barrel. Without a barrel to channel the force, the blast would send buckshot in all directions. (01:00:40)