Best horror movie factual errors of 1988
Factual error: The damage done by the hobgoblin-induced fantasies is real, as seen several times in the movie. Kyle's car runs off a cliff, Nick's grenades really explode, etc. Nick is in one scene set ablaze by throwing himself on a grenade, and is completely engulfed in flames from his head to his toes. But he shows up in the last scene with nothing but a few minor burns on his forearms and a pair of crutches (that he immediately discards). His hair and eyelashes are not even singed.
Factual error: Right before Elvira is burned at the stake, the officer pronouncing judgement on her says "By the power vested in me, by the sovereign state of Massachusetts..." Massachusetts (according to its own constitution ratified in 1780) is a commonwealth, as are Virginia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. Although the internal governments appear to be different, they have the same legal status as states within the United States.