Best horror movie mistakes of 2012
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Factual error: In the scene where Arthur first enters the house and starts going through paperwork, there's a shot of Nathaniel Drablow's death certificate which shows 'body was not recovered' in the box next to his cause of death. Such a thing would not be written on death certificates of the time - that box is reserved for 'Signature, description and residence of informant', a heading which can partially be seen as the camera pans across the certificate. For the death to have been registered, an informant's signature would have to have been there. (00:20:05)
Factual error: The type of surgery shown made by the machine transversely cuts the rectus abdominis muscles. Besides not being a standard surgical incision in order to "remove a foreign body" as stated, it seriously damages important muscles of the abdominal wall making any immediate active mobilization of the trunk virtually impossible, even under strong analgesia.Manuel Correia Ramos
Revealing mistake: Right at the end of the fight between Selene and the Uber-Lycan in the vampire coven, the Uber-Lycan throws Selene into some wooden panels, knocking her unconscious. As she travels through the air you can tell that she is suspended by wires; she travels far too slowly towards the wooden panels for someone who was just thrown. (00:48:35)THGhost
Factual error: The whole basis of the movie is flawed. You could not pick a more inappropriate location for a babes-in-the-wood style zombie film. The Exclusion Zone around the Chernobyl reactor site is not a deserted wasteland as shown in this film - it is one of the most secure and well patrolled areas on earth. It is crawling with police, military and paramilitary patrols and if you did manage to get lost all you'd have to do is walk or drive five minutes in any direction and you'd run into someone who could help. If there really was a population of mutated zombies about the place they would have been located and dealt with years ago. You cannot just drive into Pripyat (the setting of this film). To get there you would have to pass through two checkpoints, and a private vehicle would be refused entry. Further, the Exclusion Zone is (believe it or not) a popular tourist spot and the single road through is an important transit route for heavy goods vehicles driving to and from Kiev. In other words, you are never far from someone who could help, probably by shooting the zombie with his AK47. And as for mobile telephone masts - the place is festooned with them and you can make a call any time of the night and day.
Deliberate mistake: Nearly every night scene inside the house is lit by very bright lights shining in the windows from outside. Yet every time anyone is outside the house, it's still just as dark. There is no light source from which these lights could possibly originate.
Continuity mistake: During one of Elissa's phone calls with her mother the phone switches hands between shots without enough time for Elissa to have put the phone in her other hand. In one shot its in her left hand and in the next its in her right. I cant remember how far into the movie it is.Aled Wesker
Other mistake: After the daughter visited with her mother for the first time, she is reviewing the footage with the priests. No such camera angles were taken for what they reviewed, only an overhead room camera would have been available.
Factual error: When Dave shoots Justin 8 times, he empties the magazine of his semi-auto handgun, but he continues pulling the trigger, and the gun clicks several times. Semi-auto handguns do not "click" when they are empty, because it's impossible to pull the trigger. Also, the slide of Dave's handgun does not lock in the open position when the magazine is empty, as it should.Charles Austin Miller
Revealing mistake: When Ray reminisces about having fought the Germans in WW2, a flashback is shown with him fighting in a bunker. He is carrying a No.4 Lee-Enfield rifle which requires the bolt to be worked after every shot to reload. However, he is shown firing two shots in rapid succession without moving his hands at all, revealing the shots to just be flashes added after filming.Andrew Upton