Continuity mistake: As the first part of the exorcism comes to a close, Father Karras picks the blanket up off the floor and covers Regan with it. Father Merrin's red prayer book can be seen on the left night table but in the next shot it's moved and we see his crucifix there instead.
Continuity mistake: After the first part of the exorcism, Father Merrin leaves Regan's room and we see his red prayer book and crucifix sitting on the nightstand as he does. He sits on the steps and then goes into the bathroom to take a pill, but later as he goes back into her room he has the book and crucifix in his hand.
Continuity mistake: After she gets up from the table, Chris walks into the kitchen and we see an oil and vinegar tray on the lower level of the shelf above the cutting board. We see this spot before behind Det. Kinderman as he looks at his coffee, and the oil and vinegar tray are not there.
Continuity mistake: Father Merrin says, "Hear my prayer" as he puts his hand on Regan's head. If you look closely the vomit first comes out when her head is facing the right and it totally soils her blue nightgown. In the next shot with her head facing left there's nothing on her blue nightgown.
Continuity mistake: Throughout the film it has been made clear that it's Autumn and it is cold. Leaves have fallen and they are crunchy on the ground. In the scene where Father Karras is walking with the detective they turn a corner and it's summer again. The sky in the scene goes from grey to blue and the trees have re-greened as they pass a tennis court with players in their short whites.
Continuity mistake: As the Language Lab Director plays the tape of Regan backwards for Damien he turns on the wrong tape recorder. There's no indication that this is not the first time he's heard the tape and he uses the recorder on the left to listen, and is not dubbing anything onto the recorder on the right. When we hear the backwards tape he uses the recorder on the right which does not have the right tape spooled up and doesn't have an overdub of the original to play backwards either.
Continuity mistake: Lots of stuff moves as Damien waits on the couch in Chris's living room as she pours him a drink. The flower pot on the back wall under the ceramic pumpkin moves to the left and the couch he's sitting on moves a couple of feet to the left. Later everything moves back.
Continuity mistake: In the scene with the crucifix, Chris falls to the floor after Regan bashes her in the face. Look closely at the dresser that eventually comes sliding across the room at her. When we first see it, it's about half a foot to the right of the closet door on the left of the room, and is never touched or moved. When we see it again as it comes sliding across the room at Chris it's been moved to the left right up against the closet door.
Continuity mistake: Dr. Klein and Dr. Taney arrive at the house and go up to Regan's room to see her for themselves. We see inside the room and the two doctors, Chris and Sharon are the only ones there but as they try to give her an injection, Karl appears from out of nowhere restraining her.
Continuity mistake: After Chris is startled by the exploding flame in the attic there's a shot of a priest caring flowers into the courtyard of a church and if you look closely the flowers on the right are the same in the close-up but the flowers on the left are not. When he walks into the chapel the flowers are rearranged again.
Continuity mistake: After Chris is startled by the exploding flame in the attic there's a shot of a priest carrying flowers across a courtyard into a chapel. When he first opens the door to the chapel he's in the shade, but when we see him walking into the chapel from the other side of the door the sun is shining.
Continuity mistake: As they talk, Det. Kinderman describes how Burke Dennings was found, "with his head turned completely around, facing backwards". In the next shot they're standing in a different place. At first Father Karras has a shiny fence clamp on the right of his head than in the next shot it disappears.
Continuity mistake: After Chris puts her to sleep and walks down the steps, Willi the maid is cleaning up Regan's mess on the living room carpet from the previous party scene. We saw a nice close-up of the wet carpet as it happened and now Willi is not even close to cleaning the right spot. In fact she's kneeling right on it, yikes.
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