The Haunting

The Haunting (1999)

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Corrected entry: During the movie, Theo brags about her black high heeled boots. When we see the boots, they obviously have a thin high heel. Yet in the scene where Theo and Nell find the carousel room, you get a clear shot of Theo's boots and they have a platform bottom that is solid, not a heel. Probably done for balance, but it's pretty noticeable.

Correction: She has never thin heels on her shoes and they are never flat either. The heels don't change from her chamber to the carousel room.

Corrected entry: When the older people come at the end of the movie, the part of the gate that fell on the car was gone.

Correction: The oval crest in the centre of the gate consists of 3 parts - one spiked ring pointing inside (which falls on the car and is still lying on it in the end if you take a close look), the "unspiked" double-H in the middle and another spiked ring pointing outside.

Corrected entry: When Nell opens the ledger which lists the dead children, in the first shot there are no people crossed out in the ledger. In the following closeup, there are. (00:55:25)

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Correction: When she opens the ledger, you can just see the first 1 or 2 pages over her shoulder. In the following closeup she has already turned more than a few pages, where you can see the first few crossed names. This isn't necessarily a mistake, but a) a different page and b) it indicates that Hugh Crain didn't start killing the kids from the very beginning of his company.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Theo first sees her room, she runs and flips into the bed. You then see her head fall back onto the pillow. The flip should have caused her feet to hit the pillow.

Correction: She does a really strange flip, check again frame by frame.

Corrected entry: When Nell is in the Caleope room (the roundabout room) she sees the reflection of herself with the swelling belly to display pregnancy. The reflection has a ring on her right hand. Nell does not have a ring on her left hand which would correspondent with the right hand in the mirror. (01:15:20)


Correction: She doesn't have a swelling belly outside the reflection either; the ring is part of the illusion.

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Corrected entry: When Nell arrives at Hill House and converses with Mr. Dudley through the gates, the oval plate in the centre of the gates had spikes all around it, facing outwards away from the house only. Later when Luke crashes the gate, an oval plate falls with spikes on - spikes which are now facing in toward the house.

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Correction: When the car rams into the gate, we see the oval fall off yet we see another oval facing the opposite direction, one oval pointing towards the house, the other pointing away from the house.


Corrected entry: Dr. Marrow tells everyone that the gate is locked every night by the housekeeper and her husband, when they go home for the night, and that no one can get out. There is an accident and the next scenes show Dr. Marrow with keys opening the gate. Later, when trying to escape, the gate is rammed by the car. Where is the key? The chain on the gate appears to have changed size, the links were smaller in the beginning of the movie.

Correction: Dr Marrow gave the key to his male assistant before he leaves to go to the hospital. You see him giving it to him, while saying "Use the gate key if you have to get back in".


Corrected entry: We see Mr Dudley take quite a while to take the chains out of the gate. Later Dr Marrow closes the gate after Mary and Todd leave and he locks the gate almost immediately. A few scenes later we see the chains totally wrapped around the gate, although he didn't have time for it.

Correction: People do tasks at different speeds. Mr. Dudley was talking to Nell and slowing pulling the chains out, yet Dr. Marrow was in a hurry to get them out to the hospital.

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Corrected entry: The Nursery Room has been closed for more than a century, but there is a fairly modern telephone on a table.

Correction: Nothing indicates that it has been shut for a long time, and the reason for this modern telephone to be in there, is because this room is a replica of Nell's room, and her room has this same phone in it. So Crane obviously made sure that everything was completely identical.

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Corrected entry: Theo's piece of curly hair appears and disappears from her forehead in the first evening at Hill House.

Correction: This is too brief - be more specific to when and where this happens.

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Corrected entry: After Liam Neeson gets glass in his hand, Lili Taylor goes to pull it out. Instead of calling her by her character's name, he says, "Just pull it out Lili."

Correction: Alas, he says "Just pull it out, just pull it will you." However his accent and his temper at this stage effects the clearness of this dialogue.

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Corrected entry: Nell really must have been a psychic or something. Throughout the entire movie she suddenly knows things that she couldn't have known. Such as that Crane was a mill worker and employed children. This was only a joke made the night before by the blonde guy. Then she guessed she was the great granddaughter of Crane and then she knew that Crane built the house for the children to play hide and seek in. Where did she learn all this stuff?

Correction: Firstly Nell discovers that Crane employed children in a mill because she finds the big ledger in the secret room behind the bookcase. Secondly, Nell discovers she is related to Crane because of (a) the portrait of Caroline, who looks just like her and has the same necklace (b) the scene where Nell is shown to bear resemblance to Crane's previous wife in the Carousel Room. As the film develops we see how Nell gathers her information. If you took the time to watch the film closely you would know this.

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Corrected entry: When Nell is introduced to her room she touches some towels that are lined with the bed. In the overhead shot, they aren't. (00:14:05 - 00:14:55)

Correction: They are in the same position in both shots. Laying slightly diagonal, by the edge of the bed.

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Corrected entry: After Dr Marrow tells Nell that he didn't call her, she turns around and looks at the house, and almost all the lights turn on. the problem is that with the lights all turned on, you should be able to see something inside, even the curtains, at least, whereas you only see the windows light up.

Correction: Not necessarily, plus all the curtains hanging in the window were those long white lace ones, so they wouldn't silhouette against the light.

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Corrected entry: The long piece of wood laying on the painting which nell uses to whack the huge statue disappears randomly.

Correction: I watched this scene and the piece of wood is there throughout.

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Corrected entry: Eleanor tells Theo, Dr Marrow and Luke that they have to leave the house, and they start running through the hallway. At some point of the race, the hallway is no longer the nursery room's but the hallway in front of Nell and Theo's room, which was on the other side of the house.

Correction: It is very clear that the shots of them running down the halls/stairs are not meant to be consecutive.

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Corrected entry: When Luke rushes to Theo's room to help them as they scream, Theo turns the lights on before she opens the door. However when they move to the bathroom to open Nell's door, there's no sign of Theo's bedroom lights.

Correction: As they are running over to the bathroom doors, the shot is from behind, so no light would have been visible. In the next frontal shot, you can see in the far background that the lights are still on.

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Corrected entry: The curtains of Nell's room clearly aren't long enough to be over the bed as shown at the first night.

Correction: From this shot there is no way of telling if the curtains are or are not long enough; they look plenty long enough to me, and remember, this house is haunted, and the spirit of the child in the curtain could have easily changed the curtain in length in order to be able to transport itself onto Nell's bed.

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Corrected entry: While putting plastic on the window, we see some leaves outside that move away with the wind. That wouldn't be possible because the wind is coming from the opposite direction.

Correction: There's nothing which indicates what direction the wind is travelling, plus wind can travel in all directions, even circles.

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Corrected entry: A crewman dressed in black is seen outside the window when Luke and Dr Marrow try to destroy the dining room's windows.

Correction: There is definitely nobody outside dressed in black. I've checked this, and there is nobody outside.

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Corrected entry: When Mrs Dudley first introduces Nell to her room, they get in through a door with a statue in front of it, coming from a long hallway. Later when they come to save Nell in the room they try to open the same door, but coming from an enormous hall.

Correction: This is because they are not entering through the same door, but are using the other one which connects to the bathroom.

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Corrected entry: The clouds on the sky change between shots when Nell gets to the house.

Correction: In one brief low shot, you can see the clouds moving very fast (due to the wind, I suspect), therefore this clarifies why the clouds change from shot to shot.

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Corrected entry: When Theo, Marrow and Luke go to the Nursery room looking for Nell, the statue in the hallway follows them with its eyes.

Correction: I've looked over and over for this statue, but none move their eyes.

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Corrected entry: The scene where the others really do see something supernatural for the first time, they barely react: there are hands coming out of the evil former house-owner's huge head above the haunted girl's bed. But as it is computer graphics added after the scene was shot, the others, coming to help the girl, do not even seem to notice the head.

Correction: This is a very weak 'mistake' indeed. First off the others are more interested in rescuing Nell from the bed. But as they do, they scream fearfully and look pretty frightened.

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Corrected entry: Notice as Theo climbs the stairwell, boots can briefly be seen on her feet, although she's supposed to be barefoot.

Correction: This is actually wrong. I slowed the whole scene down, and she is definitely barefoot throughout. What makes it seem like she has boots on is the iron woven stairwell, which is painted black, which makes her feet seem darker in colour.

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Corrected entry: The amount of broken glass that comes out of the window is incomparably more than the actual hole.

Correction: Yes, but this is deliberately emphasised - Hugh Kane's spirit is visible in the window when Nell smashes it, and then the glass which flies out is from him, not from the actual window - remember that this is a haunted house, and Kane controls it. As this has been mentioned before, "how do we know this glass isn't a ghostly illusion? Seems all that glass was gone when everyone else gets to the room."

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Corrected entry: Mr and Mrs Dudley couldn't take care of Hill House, mainly for its size, not to mention the budget necessary to keep it as clean as shown.

Correction: Well, it wouldn't be impossible especially due to the fact that nobody uses it much and nobody lives in. The government or some type of local council might pay the Dudleys to keep it well maintained, or they may have obtained a grant/loaned sum of money to be able to fix it up and keep it well maintained and organized. Nothing is too impossible, and as the details of the Dudleys job given in the movie are very brief, the story behind the Dudleys job taking care of the mansion will only reamin a mystery, not a mistake.

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Corrected entry: The papers that Nell fills out are done with a marker, however we see her using a pencil.

Correction: There is a marker visible on the couch beside her in the overhead shot, which she could have easily used for the previous tests she has completed. She is using a pencil in this current shot as she fills the paper out, yes, but she could have decided to swap what media she was using. It is also possible that she is filling out the tests using the pencil first (especially due to the fact that they are mazes; therefore if she made a mistake she could erase it), and she might then be drawing over the pencil lines with the marker pen once she has completed the test correctly.

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Corrected entry: As Nell first interacts with the child ghost in the wind-blowing curtain corridor, we first see there's something in the end of the corridor. In the shot where Nell follows the child, it isn't there anymore.

Correction: There is nothing at the end of the corridor, plus when she runs away from the curtains she doesn't go down the same corridor, she makes a right turn down another one.

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Corrected entry: When Eleanor arrives at the house, and she drives her car around to the door, she gets out and is not carrying anything at all. Then when they show her inside the house she has a suitcase in her hands.

Correction: Look very carefully when she gets out of the car by the door. You can see the bag in her hand as she walks around the back of the car to the door.

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Corrected entry: Nell's facial expression changes between front and side shots, when the spirits are moving her hair.

Correction: No it doesn't.

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Corrected entry: When Nell is introduced to her room there is a vase with flowers on the right bed sideboard. From there on, it's no longer there.

Correction: Nell is introduced to her room in the early morning when she arrives. The next scene where we see her room occurs at night-time, giving her plenty of time to move them off the sideboard if she wanted to use the sideboard for space (to put a drink of water down, for example,) or if she decided the flowers would look better somewhere else. This mistake would be valid if they disappaered between shots, however due to the huge time-space between the scenes, anything could have happened to them.

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Corrected entry: When the four of them are running away from the nursery room, the doors on both sides of the hallway start closing. Watch very closely, as one crew member is seen on the other side of one of the doors.

Correction: I've watched this scene very closely many times, looking for this crewmember - no success.

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Corrected entry: The amount of spilled blood changes on the glass that Mary has on her eye.

Correction: There are only two shots of her with the glass over her eye; one where they show Nell placing the glass over it (and in this shot the glass is clean.) Then two shots later as she walks out the room crying, there is blood on the glass, which is to be expected. There is no mistake here.

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Corrected entry: As Nell finds Dr Marrow's voice recorder, she presses play and hears exactly what she needed, although she never pressed the rewind button.

Correction: An unlikely convenience - not a movie mistake.

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Corrected entry: When the children go call Nell in the middle of the night, neither of Nell's feet are covered. But without moving, in the next shot, Nell's left foot is covered.

Correction: Actually she does roll over and move, and there is one shot in between these shots, making it perfectly capable for the covers to slip over her foot and cover it.

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Corrected entry: The ceiling is collapsing behind Nell, while Theo is just a few rooms away and doesn't hear anything.

Correction: It's established that the house controls itself, therefore it can monitor its sound it makes, making rooms soundproof; therefore others can't hear it. That's why when Theo and Nell were in the room, and Luke came along, they asked if he could hear it but he said no. The house is able to isolate all the loud bangs and noises it makes.

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Corrected entry: The longer section where Nell parks her car isn't there on the painting in front of Mary when she's playing the piano.

Correction: An inaccurate painting is not a movie mistake. There could be many resons why the carport was not included in the painting, or it could be that the carport was built after the painting was completed.

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Corrected entry: When Luke hits with the candelabra on Hugh Crain's painting, notice the white-like scratches were already there.

Correction: There are not any scratches on the painting beforehand. When he gets up onto the table with the candelabra, he audibly swipes the painting twice, however he is out of shot when he does this. When it cuts to a closeup afterward, there are two scratches, just like you hear.

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Corrected entry: When Nell has a hallucination and sees Mrs. Crain hanging in the Greenhouse, look closely and you can see it is a make-up doll.

Correction: While they probably did use a doll or dummy, there is absolutely nothing which reveals that Mrs. Crain is a 'make-up doll.' I watched this scene, and was quite impressed by how real looking the dummy they used is.

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Corrected entry: While Luke is putting plastic on the window, you can very briefly see a crewman outside.

Correction: I looked as hard as I can to find this crewmember, but all I could see were brown leaves blowing around. I'm very, very sure there's no crewman there.

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Corrected entry: When the children call Nell in the middle of the night, she finds bloody footprints on the floor. When she follows the footprints with her eyes, some of them are on the wood floor, some are on the carpet. But when she actually follows them step by step, the carpet's ones are missing.

Correction: This is wrong. When Nell follows the bloody footprints with her eyes we see they go across the wooden floor, then across the carpet, and then back off of the carpet and along the wooden floor again. When she exits the room we only see a tiny part of the carpet, and you can see the bloody footprints alongside the carpet. This is because she has already passed the footprints that went across the carpet (off-camera).

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Corrected entry: Nell's car isn't seen in the carport in the first overhead shot of Hill House, in the first morning.

Correction: The car is parked behind the carport wall, so we cannot see it.

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Corrected entry: Strangely enough, neither Theo nor Eleanor noticed that everytime they were in the room corridor, there was smoke coming out of the floor.

Correction: Strangely enough, this is not a movie mistake, it's a character mistake.

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Corrected entry: Liam Neeson can't open the compartment in the fireplace not only because of the iron, but also because he is standing on the door!

Correction: I don't really find this a mistake. Yes, he has his foot on the iron door, but he can most probably tell, just by pulling the door upward, that it is stuck and will not budge. If the iron poker was NOT stopping the door from being able to be pulled up, then Dr. Marrow would probably just move his foot off of the iron door, because there is no force holding the door down.

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Corrected entry: At the scene where Eleanor is alone in the huge room, some really big rock comes out of the area where the bones are buried. When a head swings through that area later on in the movie, she says "That's not what I saw." Did that huge rock just disappear? Where could such an enormous rock go?

Correction: We're talking about a huge haunted mansion here; if spirits can float through curtains, fountains can come to life and spit out blood, and stairs can make themselves collapse, I'm sure the huge object Nell saw, can disappear. And by the way, it wasn't a huge rock. By using slow-motion, I found out that it is in fact a huge, creepy statue.

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Corrected entry: When Luke goes to look for Theo, why does he leave through the doors of hell to the outside? Certainly she wouldn't be outside.

Correction: This mistake is dreadful. Luke exits the room through the doors of hell (and he probably doesn't know they're the doors of hell anyway - the girls never told him) - so please, help me out here - HOW is this a mistake. He's going to look for Theo - how would he know where she is? How do YOU know that she "certainly wouldn't be outside?"

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Corrected entry: When Theo and Nell are taken into their room for the first time Theo does a front flip onto her bed, but lands facing backward.

Correction: This is what I thought at first, when I watched it normally. But if you watch in slow-motion, you can see in the wide-shot she flips and then starts to fall facing backwards. Then it cuts to a closeup of he landing on her back. It's just that she does the flip so quickly, and the angle cuts instantly, it's hard to spot.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Luke, Theo, Nell and Dr. Marrow are attempting to escape Hill House, Luke runs to borrow Nell's car in order to ram the gates. In a subsequent shot, a rather large SUV is also parked within the gates; why choose the lighter, less-powerful vehicle?

Correction: This is a character's decision - not a movie mistake.

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Corrected entry: When Dr Marrow goes to rescue Nell to the top of the spiral stairs, at the end of the scene, they leave the greenhouse through a door on top of the stairs. It would have been much easier for him to go rescue her from the top, while Theo and Luke talked to her as a diversion to avoid her from throwing herself off.

Correction: This is a character's decision, not a movie mistake. Anyway, Dr. Marrow did not know that the house would unscrew the bolts and untwine the wires holding the metal staircase in order to kill him, so he probably thought climbing the staircase would be easier.

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Corrected entry: When Nell removes the glass from Marrow's hand, the glass clearly isn't big enough to be inside the skin, furthermore it wouldn't make a wound of that size.

Correction: Being glass, it could have shattered on entry, making a larger wound, but only leaving a small piece inside.

Corrected entry: When Eleanore sees the ghost in the window, she chucks a large metal box. It breaks the window and the ghost spits all the razor sharp shards of glass back at her. She is hit, but later on she is not bleeding or complaining about pain.

Correction: How do we know this isn't a ghostly illusion? Seems all that glass was gone when everyone else gets to the room.

Joshua Skains

Corrected entry: When Nell follows the footprints, outside her room, the footprints are farther apart, but before she gets to the book case, they are close together.

Correction: This would actually make sense if the person leaving the footprints was running. Footprints of someone running are farther apart than someone walking. Yet, when approaching the bookcase, one would automatically slow down, thus the footprints getting closer together.

Corrected entry: From inside the house, the windows are gothic, from the outside they look square.

Correction: There are so many different shots of windows, both inside and outside, and it's impossible to tell which correspond to which.

David Mercier

Corrected entry: Why did Theo and Dr Marrow walked away through the road in the end? The closest village is 9 miles away, and they left their cars and personal stuff in the house.

Correction: Seriously. Would you want to go back in the House after all the fun hauntings and such?

Corrected entry: The big lion head that falls from the fireplace disappears in the next shot.

Correction: It goes back up into the chimney.

Corrected entry: Nell watches Theo's car from her room window, however from the outside, we later see that that's where the main hall should be.

Correction: If you read the book, it describes the layout of the house. Hugh Crain hated normal angles and such, so he had the house built oddly. From the inside, you would be able to watch the car; but from the outside it would seem like it should be the main hall.

Corrected entry: At night when the bloody footprints go call Nell, there are only footprints going out of the room. But the children had to go in anyway.

Correction: The children are ghosts, they don't have to leave footprints if they don't want to. The only reason they leave the trail in the first place is to serve as a guide to Nell, so the footprints are only going to go one way - make a trail, as it were.


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