Best horror movie mistakes of 2014
Plot hole: Towards the end the Rich Purgers call for reinforcements, and Shane, Leo, Eva and Cali are hiding behind a wall. A guy somehow opens a door in front of them (without being seen by the three facing him), exposes himself and shoots only Shane, numerous times, to cause his death. He should have been spotted by the people looking in his direction. Also, if he was that well hidden he could have simply sprayed the entire group. He unloaded 5 or 6 shots to Shane's chest...when he could have taken them all out.
Factual error: In the first scene of the film the girls are shown in a flashback playing with the Ouija board. When one of them holds the planchette up to the other one, the underside of it has text saying "© 2013" molded into the plastic, even though the scene is based years before that.
Other mistake: When Jordan drops Rusty's truck into the compactor, the excavator and its claw seem just too small for the job. You can see the truck has been sawed shorter as the truck's rear axles stay on the ground while the cab goes in the compactor. There is no possible way for the truck to snap in half like that when lifted. This small excavator would just simply have flipped over trying to raise the truck by the engine compartment.
Revealing mistake: As Glenn, Blake and Monica are being surrounded by zombies, as Monica asks "Fucking hell, how many more of these are there?", in the background you can see a zombie sitting astride his victim, flailing away with a hammer or hatchet. It is obvious that he is just swinging his arm back and forth, without connecting with anything. It looks as if he is dusting, not slaying someone.
Other mistake: At the beginning of the movie, a woman runs to the store to get help. She uses the pay phone booth outside. The UFO takes her and the whole booth. A minute later, the booth crashes back to Earth. The next morning, the sheriff finds her wallet in the debris. She wasn't carrying it and didn't have a purse or pockets.
Factual error: The alien drops the video camera out of the UFO from outer space and it falls to earth landing on the ground. This very far drop would certainly have busted it to pieces, if not ignited it on reentry, but when the guy picks it up off the ground, it appears only the screen is cracked.
Revealing mistake: In the scene were Viago is showing the locket that his girlfriend, Katherine, gave him, he puts it on, and since it's silver, it starts to burn his skin. The smoke from his burning flesh is coming from something on the table in front of him, not from inside his shirt.
Factual error: Writer/director Adam MacDonald boasted that he studied black bear predatory behavior and black bear attacks on humans for years in preparation for making this film, because he wanted to depict a black bear attack in as factual and as authentic a manner as possible. But, at the most crucial point in this film (when the black bear actually does attack Alex and Jenn), factual accuracy goes out the window. As Alex and Jenn cower in terror, the bear lunges into their tent and bites into Alex's leg; whereupon, Jenn fires a can of bear spray (a stifling pepper-based chemical) point-blank into the animal's face. The startled bear retreats for a moment, but then lunges into the tent again, dragging Alex outside and killing him; thereafter, the bear continues pursuing Jenn for the remainder of the film. However, according to years of extensive study by the University of Calgary, no bear has ever attacked a human after the animal was sprayed with bear spray, much less resumed an attack, as depicted in this film. To date, the success rate of defensive bear spray is 100%. So, the factual accuracy of "Backcountry" was abandoned for the sake of cheap thrills.
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Factual error: Scarlett and George use the Rose Key to translate the inscription on the back of Flamel's ancient tombstone, and it translates into a rhyming English lyric puzzle. Problem is, they are translating this lyric puzzle from Aramaic (an ancient and virtually dead Middle Eastern language) to modern English. Aramaic would not and could not translate into rhyming modern English.
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