Darkman (1990)

57 mistakes

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New this month Continuity mistake: When Durant walks into Louis' office, after he places the glass on the table and says he's got good and bad news, his arm is either stretched out or not depending on the angle.

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New this month Continuity mistake: At Peyton's lab, after Julie tells him she can't help him and walks down the stairs, wooden crates suddenly appear on the floor between shots.

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New this month Continuity mistake: When Durant exits the courthouse the passers by are not continuous between shots. Furthermore, a woman in red reading a paper walks by twice.

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New this month Continuity mistake: When Durant is arrested, he places his right hand over his left wrist. The cop handcuffs his left wrist but, in the following shot, Durant's right hand disappears and is replaced by the cop's hand.

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New this month Continuity mistake: During the dancing freak scene, Peyton holds an iron bar and looks at his reflection on a puddle. He lets go of the bar, which falls on the floor. He then takes his hands to his head, but the reflection on the puddle shows his arms at waist level. Also, in the following shot the iron bar falls on the floor again.

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Other mistake: At the carnival, you can see an African-American man staring at the camera for a while. I am unsure if he is a crew-member watching over the scene, or if he is just an extra trying to get onscreen.

Continuity mistake: When Durant shows up at Darkman's hideout in a helicopter, he is holding a machine gun. In the next shot, he's holding a grenade launcher. (01:10:20)

Continuity mistake: When Peyton returns to his lab after its destruction, a burnt picture of him and Julie is on the floor. The destroyed picture shows half of Peyton's face missing. After finding a new place to stay, when the picture is put into the scanner, more of Peyton's face is visible. (00:28:10 - 00:30:40)

Other mistake: Near the end, when Julie is pushed off the building by the henchmen, her handcuffs get caught on some rods that where sticking out. But this is impossible, by the way she was falling (vertically) the rods would have made contact between her legs. No way her handcuffs could have been caught like that. And they were sticking out a good foot or two from where her body was.

Other mistake: When Durant uses his cigar cutter to cut off Eddie's fingers, no blood is shown squirting from his severed digits and no blood is seen on the cigar cutter. (00:05:15)

Deliberate mistake: There is just too much movement and detail in the synthetic skin masks. Peyton lost a large portion of his face in the explosion, and cannot make much expression with his own face, but somehow he can make the masks move perfectly just like a real face.

Continuity mistake: In the opening battle at the warehouse, there is frantic gunfire and battling during the scene. However, after the second car crashed, all of Eddie Black's men are suddenly dead, despite almost all of them being alive just a few seconds earlier.

Plot hole: Peyton had his face burned in the explosion. In fact, he basically lost his lips, so he should not be able to talk very easily. While he could probably learn to speak normally again through other movements with his mouth and tongue, he does so too quickly to make logical sense. And his uncanny ability to almost perfectly mimic his enemies could probably be learned over time, but again is too quick to make sense.

Revealing mistake: When Strakk is firing the giant nail gun thing at Darkman during the climax, you can see that the gun firing does not always match the squibs going off on the beams behind Darkman.

Continuity mistake: When the power goes out in Peyton's lab (when he figures out the secret of the synthetic skin), the entire lab is still filled with some light. If it was daytime, this would be believable, but it is night outside.

Continuity mistake: At the climax of the movie, in the skyscraper construction site, there is a segment where the villains are swinging large wires with metal hooks to hit Peyton. However, the number of wires swinging through the area changes during the course of the shots, and in fact, they all disappear for a period of time.

Factual error: During the scene where Peyton is hanging from the helicopter, Durant is firing at him with a grenade-launcher. He hits several cars, most of which end up in flaming wrecks. Despite this, traffic continues as normal... If you saw cars around you exploding, would you casually continue on, oblivious? This error is especially visible with the truck driver, whom reacts to Peyton landing on top of his truck, but seems oblivious to the chaos behind him.

Plot hole: Whatever happened to the one legged henchman? He was one of the villain's lead goons in the first half of the film, but he simply disappears after the scene in Chinatown. The previous correction that "Peyton didn't have time to track him down" is complete nonsense. He literally vanishes from the film. (Due to a deleted scene, but that's no excuse either way.) There's absolutely no reason he still wouldn't be in Durant's gang and in the remainder of the film.

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Suggested correction: You may not agree with the filmmaker's choice, but that doesn't make it a plot hole. It's an unresolved character thread, nothing more.

Jason Hoffman

It's not the filmmakers' choice, though. He was meant to be in more of the movie, but his death scene got cut by the studio to shorten the runtime. So yes, it is a plot-hole, given he was one of the main goons and simply vanishes.

Continuity mistake: When Durant fires a grenade launcher at Darkman as they are flying through the city, Durant hits a van with a clown face on it. A few seconds later Durant hits the exact same van again.

Continuity mistake: When Darkman's hand is pinned to the steel beam by the rivet there is no blood. When we see a close up of him trying to pull his hand free, there is now blood coming from the wound. When Strack calls Darkman a freak, Darkman gets angry and the blood from his hand is gone. The next shot of his hand shows blood, as he pulls it free from the rivet.

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