Halloween

Continuity mistake: Michael stabs his sister repeatedly. The amount of blood shown on the knife when his parents come home is nowhere near enough for the number of times he stabbed her. (00:06:35)

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Factual error: In the scene when Laurie gets stabbed by Michael in the arm she falls over the banister - the camera shows a view of what she sees, falling at that angle Laurie would have broken her neck, spine and hip. But it is still weird how she managed to turn 180 degrees in such a short fall. (01:16:40)

Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the film when Michael is walking through the house, the clocks have different times on them. After he walks by the clock in the living room, it says 9:40. Seconds later, it strikes ten times.

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Suggested correction: This scene jumps ahead as Michael was in the living room waiting for them to finish having sex and the boyfriend to leave.

Revealing mistake: When Michael cuts Annie's throat, notice there's no visible cut or blood at all. When your throat is cut blood is going to pour out.

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Suggested correction: True, but the view we have is distorted because it's shown through the windshield in a dark garage. Blood most likely poured out, but we don't see it because of how it's shown to us.

dewinela

In the documentary, John Carpenter specifically stated that he left out of the gore on purpose. He wanted to film the movie so that the viewer would have a "mental image" of the kills without all the blood. He wanted it to be left to the imagination of the viewer.

Continuity mistake: When young Michael Myers sees the clown mask, Judith's clothing is bunched up together on the floor. When he puts the mask on, Judith's sweater is lying separately from the rest. (00:05:15)

Other mistake: Michael stabs the teen boy who goes to get a beer for his girlfriend. In the closeup, even though the teen boy was stabbed pretty much straight through the heart clear through to the wall, there is no blood whatsoever dripping on the floor or down his pants. If you cut the major arteries to the heart, there would be great volumes of blood streaming down both the front and back of the teen. Even if he missed the heart there should be blood.

logician

Continuity mistake: When Laurie is in the closet she stabs Michael with the hanger and leaves it up there. When they show all the locations at the end of the movie, in the shot of the living room look near the floor up close - you can see part of the hanger there, even though it was left upstairs.

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Suggested correction: She stabs with the hanger, he drops the knife in which she proceeds to stab him in the midsection. Once he was shot by doctor Loomis and disappeared, the end of the movie begins prior to the credits and we see the knife lying on the floor next to the knitting basket.

Character mistake: When Laurie and Annie are on their way to babysit, and they see Annie's dad, the cop, as soon as they pull up to say hi and roll the window down, he mixes the two names up, and calls Laurie Annie, and Annie Laurie. You'd think he knows his own daughter's name. (00:32:10)

Continuity mistake: When Laurie, Annie and Lynda are walking home from school, the part where Lynda walks to her house you can see the station wagon on the side of the road behind them. A few seconds later it has moved up the side of the street.

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Suggested correction: This is intentional. Many times, even driving, Michel can be seen lurking in the background and following them around in this car. This is mean to create a subliminal element of suspense and unnerving restlessness with him always creeping about.

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Plot hole: Since the station wagon from the asylum was stolen, it should have been reported stolen along with the escape of Mike Myers. So why was the sheriff department not looking out for the stolen station wagon? We see Myers driving that station wagon freely without being stopped, while wearing a mask in broad daylight.

Deliberate mistake: Possibly to avoid being gory, Michael, who's just been unmasked by his father, has a clean butcher knife despite having stabbed Judith multiple times.

Rob245

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Suggested correction: This is incorrect. It's a little hard to see, but if you pay attention, there is some blood on the bottom edge of the knife when the camera cranes back. Look up the YouTube video "Halloween 1978 - Young Michael Myers" and watch around 1:45 through the end of the video - blood is definitely visible on the knife.

TedStixon

Continuity mistake: More than one mask is used at the movie's end. The black material covering Michael's eyes is gone as he's trying to strangle Laurie then back as Loomis shoots him. Clearly two masks were used.

Rob245

Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the film the Myers' house is within walking distance of the Strode house, both of which are on one side of town, while the Doyle and Wallace houses are on other considering the driving distance Annie and Laurie had to drive to get to them. But at the end of the film somehow the Myers' house is now within walking distance of the Doyle and Wallace houses.

jbrbbt

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Suggested correction: Annie and Laurie took so long to get to the Doyle and Wallace houses simply because they were cruising around town, giving themselves enough time to smoke Annie's weed. After they leave the hardware store when the sun was setting, they continue killing time. That's why it was completely dark by the time they arrived at their babysitting jobs; they didn't drive directly there. Remember also, Tommy walks to school too. If the Strode and Doyle houses were truly a long drive from each other, he and Laurie would've never crossed paths earlier that morning when she drops the key off. All the characters' houses in the film (and both schools) are within walking distance of each other.

Revealing mistake: Towards the end, Laurie pulls off Michael's mask, revealing his distorted face, but as he pulls the mask back down, the distorted face is also a mask as you can see the seam around his neckline.

eaglegrad16

Visible crew/equipment: When Bob gets impaled, Michael steps back to observe. Crew lights are quite visible behind Michael's head as the camera pans back. (01:05:50)

eaglegrad16

Continuity mistake: When Lynda and Bob are having sex the phone rings and Bob reaches over and takes it off the hook. In the next scene when Michael comes in with the sheet on, Lynda gets out of bed and walks to the other side of the room to make a phone call.

Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the movie the only light on in the house is from Judith's room, which she turns off. Michael is seen walking through a dark house with only the hall light on. When he comes outside after killing Judith every window in the house has a light on. He didn't have time to turn them all on as he ran down the steps.

Tommy: It's the boogeyman! The boogeyman's outside.
Laurie: Oh, Tommy, stop it! You're scaring Lindsey. There's nobody out there. Now, if you don't stop this I'm going to have to turn the TV off and send you to bed.
Tommy: Nobody believes me.
Lindsey: I believe you, Tommy.

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Trivia: Michael Myers' mask is a Captain Kirk mask turned inside out, then painted white with ruffled hair and a few other tweaks.

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Question: Where did all of the kids' parents go that required babysitters for the entire night? Seems like a small town such as Haddonfield would not have many options.

Answer: Annual Halloween party as evidenced in the following instalment. Dr Mixtner was drunk and was at a party. The Strodes were also at a party, the same one if I recall correctly as the doctor.

Alan Keddie

Also we only SEE two families have babysitters. Other families could have had babysitters. We just don't see this. (I'm not sure if this adds anything additionally to the question asked, tho).

Alan Keddie

Answer: There are only two families that hire babysitters in the film, the Doyle and Wallace families. Where they went is never explained, but it could be potentially anywhere. They could have gone on a trip out of town for the night, they don't have to be in Haddonfield.

BaconIsMyBFF

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