Continuity mistake: Late in the film, Alex Browning hides out in the cabin and attempts to make it as death-proof as possible, securing everything therein with ropes and duct tape, and carefully placing his kerosene lantern in a tray of water. At first, we see that the antique lantern is painted dark green; but, one scene later, the same antique lantern (in the same tray of water) is now painted bright red.Charles Austin Miller
Factual error: The flight attendants didn't do the safety briefing properly. None of the flight attendants show the demonstrations. Also, the safety briefing should be given during taxiing to the runway. But in the movie, the flight attendant had finished the safety briefing before the door of the plane closed. During the safety briefing, the flight attendant said that the aircraft has 6 emergency exits. How come a 747 has only 6 exits? A 747 in fact has 5 main deck exits on each side, which means on the main deck there are 10 exits. Judging by the picture of the plane on the DVD inner cover (New Line Platinum Series), the 747 used in the movie most likely is the 747-200 series, which means the upper deck has one emergency exits. All in makes the plane has 11 exits, almost double the number said by the flight attendant. And during the take off, when Alex looks outside the plane to the wing, he sees that the flaps are just being deployed. When a plane is taking off, the pilot needs to make sure that the flaps are deployed BEFORE they are actually on the runway. (00:10:05 - 00:17:00)Andy Handoko
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Billy gets his head sliced off by a piece of metal that fell off the train, as his head rolls away his hair is a much lighter shade of brown than it was during the rest of the film.
Continuity mistake: Near the beginning, when they are at the Memorial for the school, look closely to the right of Devon Sawa right after he and the other gal look at one another - an extra with red hair walks in front of him, in the very next shot Devon gets up, and the same extra is now behind him.
Continuity mistake: When Alex is talking to Clear in her garage, one strand of her hair keeps changing, first curled under, and then straight, back and forth...
Continuity mistake: When you see Alex watching the news report about the crash of 180, after coming back from the airport, you see his mum and dad asleep on the couch with a pillow at the end of his mothers foot and a few shots later after hearing the loud thunder, the pillow is lying on her ankles.
Character mistake: In scenes following the plane crash, authorities refer to the 'National Transportation AND Safety Board.' The organisation is called the 'National Transportation Safety Board' - no "and".
Other mistake: When the plane takes off in Alex's vision, the plane begins to go into a nosedive, and the entire left fuselage is blown apart, sucking many people out of the plane. The plane then explodes completely, but in reality, the plane just takes off, and explodes almost instantly afterwards. No struggling with the plane is shown in reality, nor is the plane going into a nosedive. This is also proven in FD5, which is a prequel. The jet engine explodes, leaving a flaming tail, and the plane spinning out of control. The plane just simply "explodes" without any signs of struggle.M0vi3
Character mistake: The scene where Clear is trapped in the car and Alex is trying to save her, he incorrectly tells her the tires are grounding the car and to not touch anything. Rubber tires insulate the car preventing the charge from reaching the ground. If Clear were to get out of the car touching metal on the car and the ground at the same time she could be the conduit for the charge to pass through. (01:25:50)
Continuity mistake: After Alex reads his porno and throws the magazine at the owl, that one piece of paper with "Todd" pops out of the fan after the magazine got stuck in it. Now, this is a very small mistake, but if you look at the shape of the piece of paper, the one short stump side changes between takes. Like I said, it's very small differences, but there are differences.
Other mistake: When Carter is basically trying to kill himself with the remaining "survivors" in his car, Billy makes a comment saying that when he saw Alex leaving Mrs. Lewton's place, Alex's shoe prints were in her blood and his prints were on the knife. All good and fine but there's just one thing that doesn't make much sense. Her house blew up right after he ran out, so could anyone still pull off any prints from the knife that killed her, and see footprints by her body? Wouldn't that evidence be gone in the explosion?
Revealing mistake: When Alex is running through the woods and is sliding down the hill, just before he stops himself from being impaled by some branches, you can hear someway say "Look out." It can't be the agents following as they're too far away.
Continuity mistake: When you first see Carter's car you can see that is says "SS" on the front. Then when he almost hits Billy at the school it doesn't say it. Then when he is on the train tracks it says "SS" again.
Trivia: The filmmakers originally had an ending in which Alex grabs the cable that lies on Clear's car, Alex catches fire and dies. Then Clear gets her baby and Carter survives. The test audience didn't like this, so the filmmakers shot another ending in which Alex is decapitated by a crashing police helicopter. But again, the test audience didn't like the fact that Alex dies, so they shot the finish with the billboard, which took 6 days to film and cost nearly $2,000,000.
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