Poltergeist

Revealing mistake: When the chair moves across the kitchen floor, Craig T. Nelson goes to investigate it (after it has stopped moving). He goes up to the chair and flips it over. If you look closely, Craig almost hits the camera with the chair's legs. You can tell this has happened because the camera moves up very quickly and Craig looks straight at the camera crew with very big guilty eyes. This is more easily visible on the widescreen version of the film. (00:33:30)

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Continuity mistake: When Carol Anne is being sucked into the closet vortex she clearly lets go of the white wicker headboard of her bed. In the next shot, the child (actually a dummy or a stunt double) is seen sailing into the closet, grasping a sizeable section of the now broken headboard.

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Continuity mistake: At the start of the film, the dog is seen going from room to room looking for food. Just before he goes into Dana's room, someone can be seen through the crack in the door, moving from left to right.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the breakfast scene when Robbie's milk glass spontaneously shatters from the bottom. Watch closely, you can see a string coming out of his cereal bowl and attaching to the bottom of his glass. Robbie just needs to give the glass a little tug, and splash.

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Visible crew/equipment: Near the end of the film, when she lands behind the stairs. If you look in the right hand corner, underneath the stairs, you can see tennis shoes running by.

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Continuity mistake: The wicker headboard of Carol Anne's bed is ripped apart when she holds onto it to try to keep from flying into the closet. Towards the end of the movie, when her mom tucks her into bed, the headboard is intact and has had no repairs.

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Suggested correction: Diane could've bought a new headboard obviously.

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Continuity mistake: In the opening sequence while the kids are in bed, the toys on Robbie's headboard keep changing. The Rams football helmet is always there, but next to it, you will see a Star Wars droid, a Rubik's cube, a race car, or a dinosaur, depending on which shot it is.

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Continuity mistake: As Diane brings the freshly-washed flask to Dr. Lesh, who's sitting at the kitchen table, the flask jumps from one hand to another.

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Continuity mistake: When the scientist's face starts to melt, the stuff on the wall keeps changing all the time.

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Continuity mistake: Toward the end of the movie, as the family gets in the car and leaves, the garage door is closed on the house. But when the house begins imploding, suddenly the garage door is wide open. (01:48:10)

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Continuity mistake: After the chair moves, Steve is in awe, his left hand on the counter. A frame later, on the close-up shot, it's on his thigh.

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Continuity mistake: A few seconds after Steve stops the car for his daughter, Robbie yells. During this brief scene you can see a bluish flannel on Robbie. About eight seconds later, Robbie's red pajamas reappear. Previous to these scenes, Robbie was wearing his red pajamas.

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Continuity mistake: When the men are watching football, they are reacting as if they are watching live action. However, the images shown on the TV are clearly in slo-motion.

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Continuity mistake: Robbie watches the tree and gets in bed. Next to him there's a yellow comic book underneath a Darth Vader bust. When his mother arrives the comic book is completely different.

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Continuity mistake: After Diane places the chair to show Steve how it moves, the chair swaps from being parallel to him to slightly skewed. Also, its position on the floor changes: First the right legs aren't touching the brown lines, and a frame later they are.

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Continuity mistake: When the kids are sitting around the table saying, "Ask Dad" right before Robbie's glass breaks, he picks up the glass twice in two different shots.

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Continuity mistake: Just after the dad pulls the boy out of the tree, they all go looking for the little girl. Watch the amount of mud on the boy. By the time he wanders in front of the TV, the mud on him increases. For that matter, the mom wanders in with more mud on her too.

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Revealing mistake: When the father tucks Robbie in and Robbie says "I don't like the tree, dad." the camera shot begins rolling to the left. Robbie flinches when reacting to someone telling him to lean back more so he's not blocking too much of the father's face. The father also improvs a solution by gently pushing Robbie's shoulder back a bit as well. (00:18:55)

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Continuity mistake: When they put Diane and Carol Anne into the bath tub, near the end of the film, look at Carol Anne's face. The red gunk changes in pattern every time we look at it.

Continuity mistake: When Diane sees the creature in front of the door and yells "No - don't hurt my babies!" she crosses in front of it and falls down the stairs. When she's in front of it you can easily see the creature's eyes and mouth through her, on her shirt.

Carol Anne Freeling: They're here.

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Trivia: While filming the toy clown attacking Robbie, the clown's arms were wrapped tightly around Oliver's neck. He immediately said he couldn't breathe but Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper both thought that he was ad-libbing. When Spielberg saw Oliver's face turning purple, he realised that he really was being asphyxiated and ran over to remove the arms from his neck.

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Question: Why was only the Freelings' house sucked into the vortex? Since it was discovered that the developer only moved the headstones but left the bodies, shouldn't other houses that were also built over the cemetery have also been dragged in?

Answer: It seems that the majority of the activity was focusing in on the Freeling house exclusively. It's not fully explained why they were the only house affected, but there are a number of possibilities. Possibly because it's where the highest concentration of spirits were at unrest. Possibly because it could be inferred that the Freelings moved in first given Steven was involved with the company that built the community, and thus they became the first targets. And possibly because they were trying to get to Carol-Anne since she was an easy target.

Also, it is mentioned in the movie that Carol Anne was actually born in the house. That likely caused everything to focus on her.

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