Revealing mistake: When Chelsea is on the roof of the house and Kathy joins her, Kathy's hair is blowing in the wind, while Chelsea's stays perfectly still, the water in the lake is also perfectly still. Obviously the director had the actors do the scenes separately until we see them both together in which case both characters hair is blowing around. (01:27:40 - 02:00:00)
Continuity mistake: At the end of the film, George falls off the roof and lands on the mud, getting his face and shirt extremely filthy. However a bit later, when the family escapes on the speedboat, he awakes and his face and shirt are now exceptionally clean. Admittedly the rain could have washed off his face, but not cleaned his shirt to that extent. (01:13:05 - 01:17:15)Hamster
Deliberate mistake: In the beginning, the police chief says "The six members of the family were found last night, in bed, shot and killed." As he says this, look to the left of the screen. In the background, the real Amityville house (dark brown with white windows and trim) is shown instead of the house used in the rest of the film. That segment was from actual news footage of the murders from 1974; apparently, the director didn't want to recreate it.
Continuity mistake: When the main character picks up the shotgun (at the beginning of his rampage) he cocks it. He then cocks it again as he goes up the stairs, but he hasn't fired it yet. This would have ejected an unused round, but nothing comes out.
Continuity mistake: Towards the end of the movie after George falls, and the rest of the family is climbing down, we see (from top to bottom of ladder) Kathy, Chelsea and then the eldest kid, with the youngest boy still reaching out on the roof. Yet, in the next shot, the eldest kid and Kathy are on the ground, and Chelsea is on top of the roof again, jumping into Kathy's arms.
Factual error: There is a poster for Whitesnake on Billy's wall. This movie takes place in 1975. Whitesnake didn't form until three years later.
Factual error: There is an Alice Cooper poster on the wall of the boy's bedroom. The logo on the poster was not used before the 2000's.
Revealing mistake: Towards the end, when the family is getting away from the house in their boat, you can see that the motor is a covered camera. It is too high out of the water to be a real motor and when the shot is not from behind the boat you can easily see the "motor" moving left and right while the boat is still.
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