Best thriller movie mistakes of 1988

Die Hard picture

Visible crew/equipment: In the first scene of the Christmas party when Takagi steps out of one the offices and greets a couple of his guests, the camera pans left to show the orchestra and other guests. A huge shadow of the camera and its operator is being shown on the back wall, then the stage light gets moved to light a different area and the shadow is gone.

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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.

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Above the Law picture

Continuity mistake: During the chase scene, Steven Seagal has his tyre shot as he's fleeing from the bad guys. In the next shot, the tires are totally gone from the rims, then they're back again, then they're gone again.

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Midnight Run picture

Continuity mistake: When Jack and the Duke are in the restaurant car of the first train, Jack is eating a chicken leg in one shot. In the middle of a sentence he changes to eating jelly and ice cream, which he finishes. In the very next shot his bowl is full of jelly and ice cream again.

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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.

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Young Guns picture

Revealing mistake: In the final scene as Doc tell Billy good-bye if you look up to the top right hand corner of the screen you can clearly see a jet trail in the blue sky. Certainly not possible in those days.

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Child's Play picture

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.

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The Presidio picture

Continuity mistake: When Mark Harmon's character arrives at Sean Connery's house, as he gets out of the car he slams the door, but the sound of the door comes a few seconds later.

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Hellbound: Hellraiser II picture

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 picture
They 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.

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Mississippi Burning picture

Continuity mistake: Anderson (Gene Hackman) visits Clinton Pell's wife and she's talking about Genesis 9, verse 27. In the first shot he's standing right behind her. In the next shot he stands on her left side. Then again right behind her.

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Moonwalker picture

Continuity mistake: At the end when Michael Jackson is singing come together, at the end of the song his shirt is undone, but when the camera shoots back on him his shirt isn't ripped.

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Rambo III picture

Factual error: The soviet military equipment isn't all that Soviet ... e.g. the helicopter is supposed to be a "Mil-Mi 24 Hind" (Pilot and system operator sitting behind each other), in fact it's just a French "aerospatiale puma" with additional mock turrets and so on (crew sits side by side).

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Akira (1988)

Akira picture

Continuity mistake: When Kaneda shoots Tetsuo with his laser gun, it makes a hole on his shirt. In the next scenes, the hole is gone.

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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.

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Action Jackson picture

Audio problem: In one scene where Jackson is caught by some bad guys you can see (and hear) that a couple of times when Jackson laughs it is badly dubbed over.

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Pulse (1988)

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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Frantic picture

Other mistake: When Walker and Michelle fall down the steps at Dede's apartment, Walker lights a match to show Michelle the matchbook. The light from the match flickers on their faces but if you watch closely you can see the match go out as soon as Walker strikes it.

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Poltergeist III picture

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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Red Heat picture

Factual error: Ivan Danko's police uniform is a combination of at least six different uniforms. His hat is a Moscow Commander's Special and he also wears a Parade Band Musician axelbant.

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The Blob picture

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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Shoot to Kill picture

Other mistake: As the murderer spots a police car coming towards him he turns to his right onto a dirt road, there is a huge boulder at the point where he turns, marked "No trespassing, Bishop Falls camping". As he turns he sideswipes it, rocking the boulder, however the sideswipe has no effect on his vehicle.

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The Dead Pool picture

Visible crew/equipment: In the radio control car chase scenes over the humpy streets, camera equipment is visible in the rear seat area of the lead car.

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Tequila Sunrise picture

Visible crew/equipment: When Mel Gibson is getting his red boat ready to put in the water, his friend comes out of his house to talk to him. You can see the camera crew reflected in his friend's sunglasses.

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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.

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D.O.A (1988)

D.O.A picture

Continuity mistake: When Dexter is at the bar after the faculty party, he's not wearing glasses. After he speaks to Sydney and asks her to have a drink with him, he's suddenly wearing glasses.

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Seven Hours to Judgment picture

Continuity mistake: When Beau Bridges runs past the hooker on the street he has no bow tie. In the next scene as he approaches the telephone booth, the bow tie is back and he removes it after entering the booth.

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The Accused picture

Continuity mistake: When fleeing from the bar where she has been gang raped, Jodie Foster is wearing sneakers. In later flashback scenes of the rape itself you can see she's high heeled.

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The Bourne Identity picture

Audio problem: When Bourne rescues Marie, he fires a silenced pistol at the man who was trying to rape her, but the sound is of an unsilenced gun.

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Missing in Action III picture

Continuity mistake: After Chuck Norris throws away the pimp during the initial evacuation of the embassy, the man pulls out a gun and shoots Chuck Norris from behind. The bullet hits him in the right shoulder but at the next moment - seen from his front - the wound is on his left side.

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