Best horror movie mistakes of 1988

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Halloween 4 picture

Revealing mistake: When the guys are driving down the road, you can see Michael isn't under the truck. Yet 2 minutes later, he climbs in the bed. (01:16:25 - 01:18:10)

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 picture

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where the souls are coming out of Freddy's chest, in the first close-up on the bottom left of the screen you can see a man's hand holding a black stick to manuoever the little arms. It's real fast but noticable on standard play. (01:20:45)

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Continuity mistake: Opening scene where Chris Sarandon is chasing Brad Dourif into the toy store. During the gunfight, Sarandon has gloves on. As he enters the store he is wearing gloves. The next shot, the gloves are off. The next scene, the gloves are back on and he takes them off by biting the fingertips and pulling them off. (00:01:50)

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Revealing mistake: Any time when the two girls are in hell's corridors and running around, you see these corridors as stone walls, yet whenever they back up against one of these walls, you can clearly see they are merely rubber sheeting overlayed on a framework as the rubber sheeting bends and contracts very clearly.

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They Live pictureThey Live mistake picture

Revealing mistake: During the big fight scene, you can tell easily that Frank is wearing knee pads (try looking when his pant leg is wet). Construction workers will often wear knee pads for work but most often they wear them on the outside of the pants to save the knees of their pants. (00:58:50)

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Phantasm II picture

Revealing mistake: As Reg fights with one of the baddies with the chainsaws, as the baddie take a swing with the chainsaw he misses and cuts into the wooden door. You can clearly see that a vertical cut has already been made in the wood though, to help the chainsaw get in and cut. (01:17:55)

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Pulse picture

Visible crew/equipment: When Joey smashes the garage door open by reversing the car into it, you can see fluorescent lighting reflected in the car windows. The garage does not have fluorescent lighting fitted inside it.

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Critters 2 picture

Other mistake: As the brown truck drives away in the scene after the man working in the newspaper office is "harpooned" by a Critter, if you look closely as the truck turns a corner you can see some Critters rolling after it. Well, after they roll past the truck in the bottom left of the screen you can see the Critters roll right smack into another parked car. Obviously the crew forgot to add a turning feature to their Critter balls (which were just some fur taped to a basket ball).

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Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood picture

Visible crew/equipment: As Tina swerves off of the road after seeing her mum get killed by Jason in the middle of the road, if you look in the back of the car, you can see a camera set up, filming the shots in the back seat. (00:43:15)

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Visible crew/equipment: When Carol-Anne is running away from Kane's voice in the garage, she ends up standing in a puddle, only to have hands pull her in seconds later. But when the camera moves down Carol-Anne's body to the puddle, you can see the platform the actress is standing on.

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Hobgoblins picture

Continuity mistake: Sergeant Parker is thrown through the air with his boots on, yet we are shown the dead hobgoblins beside his smoldering boots.

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Return of the Living Dead Part II picture

Continuity mistake: Jesse sneaks downstairs so that he can go out, but the doorbell rings, so he hides in a closet. As he walks down the stairs, there is a table with a white pot on the edge of it. In the next shot it's in the centre. (00:17:55)

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Revealing mistake: We know that the blob dissolves flesh and hair and that it can also burn wood (since fluid coming from the blob burns a small spot on the desk in the hospital) and that it can dissolve bullets, but despite this obvious acidic state, the blob doesn't dissolve plants, walls, glass, concrete, metal, nor sticks and twigs.

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Killer Klowns From Outer Space picture

Visible crew/equipment: In the bathroom, when Mike's ex-girlfriend is getting undressed to take a shower a long-necked clown jumps from out of the toilet. Anyone, and I mean anyone, can clearly see the arm of a white guy sticking out of the bottom of the clown's neck controlling the puppet.

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Continuity mistake: When Rei is impaled in the chair, the amount of blood on her clothes changes. Blood all over her right arm vanishes by the end.

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Elvira, Mistress of the Dark picture

Other mistake: When Elvira is being chased by her Uncle Vinnie, you can see the hole in his head from where Elvira throws her stiletto at him. However, the hole in his head is apparent 'before' the scene in which she actually throws her stiletto.

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Return of the Killer Tomatoes! picture

Continuity mistake: When Igor grabs Tara and pulls her inside the truck, Tara drops the tomato twice between the shots. (00:54:40)

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Pumpkinhead picture

Visible crew/equipment: Toward the end of the film, when Pumpkinhead picks up the boy Bunt, by one foot, you can see the two lifting cables attached to the victim's foot.

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Maniac Cop picture

Revealing mistake: The dead cop can be clearly seen sitting up even though he's dead as the lady cop tosses the chair through a window. The next shot he's back to being dead again. (01:16:00 - 01:17:15)

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Continuity mistake: When the girlfriend of the lead actor and his cousin are sitting eating pizza in a diner, his hair goes from a little messed up to extremely messed up, then back to a little messed up in different shots. He at no time touches his head.

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