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.

Revealing mistake: When Darkman is hanging from the helicopter above the street, dodging traffic, in one shot from the side, the camera pans to follow a car, and you can make out the shadow of a crane. This makes it very obvious that in this shot, Darkman is in fact not hanging from the copter, but rather from the crane. (This shot has been cropped to remove the shadow in some subsequent releases, but it is still visible in the original Universal DVD release).

Revealing mistake: When Peyton looses his nerve and breaks the fingers of the game operator at the fair, you can see the fake hand that was used is a very cheap prop. It looks like hollow rubber the way the skin bends in and there is no sign of muscle/bone underneath.

Revealing mistake: When Liam is in china town and holding the match under his hand, it is very obviously a prop hand used to create the effect.


Revealing mistake: When we see a shot of Peyton typing (after he makes a synthetic glove for one hand), you can see the sides of either hand fade as they move about the keyboard typing. This reveals a "split-screen" effect with a fade through the center was used to match the real hand with the animated fake hand.

Revealing mistake: When Peyton is making Paulie's mask, note the burnt right hand typing on the keyboard. It moves like a stop-motion object, revealing it's either a robotic hand or an animated effect.


Revealing mistake: When Paulie is thrown out of the window he is replaced by an obvious stuntman: His bald cap is way lighter than his skin, as opposed to Paulie's whose skin colour is homogeneous.


Upvote valid corrections to help move entries into the corrections section.

Suggested correction: I personally see nothing wrong with the effect. While it is indeed a stop-motion effect, it certainly doesn't look cheap, the animation of the skin burning and curling is pretty smooth, and nothing inherently gives it away outside of the fact you know they wouldn't actually burn up the actor's hands.


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)

More mistakes in Darkman

Darkman: I'm everyone. And no one. Everywhere. Nowhere. Call me...Darkman.

More quotes from Darkman

Trivia: Director John Landis and actress Jenny Agutter both have cameos in this movie as doctors. And let us not forget that John Landis directed An American Werewolf in London and Jenny Agutter starred in it. Jenny Agutter is not credited at the end of Darkman, only John Landis is.

More trivia for Darkman

Question: When Peyton wakes up in the hospital, images suddenly appear. What exactly is the significance of the light bulb shattering and the little marionette with the huge head supposed to represent?

Answer: It's just psychedelic imagery to try and show his fragile state of mind and how he's losing it. The shattering light-bulb is likely to show that his mind is "shattering" (as light-bulbs appearing above someone's head are often used to signify brains/ideas in fictional, particularly cartoons), and the marionette "dancing" is the first part of the recurring motif in which he sees himself as a "freak." (Which is paid off later when he starts singing a demented song about "Paying five bucks to see the dancing freak!").

More questions & answers from Darkman

Join the mailing list

Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.