Best horror movie mistakes of 1981

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Continuity mistake: When Cheryl is running through the woods, she is wearing slippers that stay on up until she reaches the cabin door. However, in following shots, she is shown barefoot, and when Ash opens the door her foot is dirty as if she'd been running barefoot the whole time. (00:28:05 - 00:29:10)

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Revealing mistake: When Loomis shoots the marshal's window out, when he makes a u-turn you can see the tire marks on the road and dirt from previous takes.

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Continuity mistake: When Mommie is cutting Christina's hair it keeps on changing from long to short several times.

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Other mistake: Right at the part where Crazy Ralph is looking in on Paul and Ginny. Ralph hears a breaking of a stick behind him. You can see Jason put the barbed wire up and over the tree. How is that possible? He would have to whip it around the tree, not over it. (00:30:20)

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Visible crew/equipment: When the woman in the opening credits is taking off her clothes, she is about to take a blue shirt from her bag, but decided against it. As she does, you can see a crew member aimlessly wandering around in the bushes behind her. (00:01:40)

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Continuity mistake: In Jack's first appearance to David in the hospital room, Jack uncovers the food on the tray and takes a piece of toast from another plate on the tray. The silver cover on the tray changes position throughout the scene in various shots. Sometimes the cover is resting partly on the tray and sometimes flat on the tray table surface.

Randy DeShong
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Visible crew/equipment: When the investigator pulls up to the house to inform the Doc and Ginny about the discovery of Ann's empty car, as he gets out the car and the camera shot is from the back of the car, you can see a crew-members face reflected in the small rear-view mirror.

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Continuity mistake: A zombie smashes a window, and then we see its hands trying to get in. One woman grabs a machete from the table and then proceeds the cut both its hands off. The amount of glass on the window-ledge below the zombie's hands differs, depending on the shot.

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Continuity mistake: After Karen has a nightmare on the couch, Bill comes in and comforts her. Karen's grip on Bill's shoulders changes between shots. The position of her head changes too. (00:13:30)

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Visible crew/equipment: When Dr. Boyle arrives in Boston, you can see the reflection of some crew members on the car.

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Continuity mistake: In the head exploding scene the table gets covered in blood and brain matter, but in the next shot the table is clean. (00:13:05)

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Continuity mistake: In the first Omen movie, Robert is told that he must kill Damien on the altar of a church using all seven daggers of Megiddo. In this movie, he is killed using only one dagger and his death doesn't occur at a church but at some ancient ruins.

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Suggested correction: Partial correction, you may well be right about the seven daggers, in which case you have spotted a big mistake in the film. But Damien's death does occur in a church. The final scene takes place in the church of Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire in the north of England. Fountains Abbey is major tourist attraction and heritage site. So he dies on the altar of a ruined church.

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Continuity mistake: In the raft scene the boy at the front right, from his view, is kneeling on his left leg. When the camera cuts behind them he's suddenly kneeling on his right leg and remains on this leg through every other angle.

Paul Andrews
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Revealing mistake: When Joe has died of blood poisoning there is a close up of his head and neck, you can see him breathing and his eyes flicker.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Michael Caine leaves the Last Chance Saloon at night and is walking along a sidewalk in town, he looks inside one of the store windows to see something moving under an old cloth. As he looks closer to the window, suddenly a hand jumps out from under the cloth and crashes through the store front window from the inside and grabs Michael Caine's throat. What is so laughable is that the crew or extra who is putting his hand through the breakable glass to get at Michael Caine's throat fails to "hide" his entire arm from view and what is supposed to be a severed hand is not only the hand but the entire arm attached.

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Continuity mistake: At the end when Axel hits TG as he's coming round the corner, the head lamp TG is wearing is on or off depending on the angle of the camera.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Anne and Tyler break into the morgue, the shadow of the camera can be seen on the wall outside.

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Revealing mistake: When John Jaffrey is lying dead in front of his medicine cabinet, he is still breathing.

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