It Came from Outer Space

Continuity mistake: The opening narration says the season is late spring, or otherwise a warm season of the year in Arizona, yet many people are wearing wool suits, coats and long-sleeved shirts during the day. At one point, the sheriff's dialogue even discloses that it is 92 degrees (and no air conditioning).

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Continuity mistake: Rocks and soil begin to collapse all around Carlson. When he climbs back up to the rim of the crater to Barbara Rush, he doesn't have a speck of dust on his clothes. Then a few shots later (seconds) he does have dust, then he doesn't.

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Larry Koehn

Continuity mistake: Barbara Rush aims a death ray to the right and above of Carlson. The scene changes with Carlson ducking and now the ray is to the left of him at waist level. The ray hits the rocks behind Carlson for several seconds, but it doesn't start breaking the rocks up on the wall until Barbara swings the ray from left to right.

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Larry Koehn

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Opening credits (also a few minutes in) has a fiery spaceship crashing into the camera for this was a 3D movie. What's interesting is that a mirror can be seen on the left portion of the screen just before the collision. This was apparent at the theatres and on the VHS tape release. For some reason, the DVD release has it cropped out and now the spaceship is off-centered at the beginning (fortunately the bonus material still shows it).

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According to the bonus material on the DVD, the monster was used as an after thought. The director and writer thought the audience's imagination would suffice, but the higher-ups at Universal felt otherwise.

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