Poltergeist

Continuity mistake: When Steve Freeling is in the living room with the Ghostbusters, he has a cigarette behind his ear. In another shot seconds later it disappears then reappears again.

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Continuity mistake: When the big throat is menacing the kids, Carol Anne's position swaps from being left or right to Robbie randomly between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When the ghostbusters team goes upstairs with Steve for the first time, Ryan takes his bag off twice.

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Continuity mistake: When Robbie is trapped by the tree and Carol Ann is about to be abducted, his bed cover keeps changing back and forth from messy to perfectly folded.

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Continuity mistake: In the pool, Diane is surrounded by at least 4 bodies floating together; however, when she grabs the hose to climb up, half a second later, the overview of the pool shows just 2 bodies quite a distance each away from each other. In the next close-up, the 4 bodies reappear.

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Continuity mistake: When Robbie covers the clown, the Chewbacca print on the jacket keeps changing in every shot.

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Continuity mistake: Wen the tree grabs Robbie the toy by the window swaps from facing right to left back and forth.

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Continuity mistake: After Robbie's mom kisses him goodnight, the helmet behind changes positions.

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Continuity mistake: From the outside, Robbie watches the tree and walks backwards to his bed, made and with a green cover on. When the angle changes, the sheets are different and the bed is unmade.

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Continuity mistake: The first night Robbie is watching the tree there are three Star Wars toys by the window. From the opposite angle, the amount and distance between each other is totally different.

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Continuity mistake: While the neighbour's TV swaps from playing the football game to Mr. Rogers, the guy in green on the background lowers the phone. A frame later from a different angle his hand is up and he is repeating the previous movement.

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Continuity mistake: After Dianne says "Stay away from the light" a scientist is standing behind a woman saying there might be walkie-talkies in the home. A frame later he is standing in front of her.

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Continuity mistake: During the big-throat scene, Carol Anne's feet alternate between rapid up and down movement, still or just slightly up and down.

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Continuity mistake: When Steve's high on pot and tells Diane he loves her, he has his hand raised. A frame later it's down by the blanket.

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Continuity mistake: When Diane falls in the pool, the distance to the floating corpse on the left increases or decreases randomly depending on the shot.

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Continuity mistake: After Carol slides through the kitchen floor, Steve rests with his back against the wall, over a brown line. When the angle changes, a frame later, he's resting half a meter to the right of the line.

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Continuity mistake: While Diane faces the creature and demands it not to touch her babies, she is resting against a long flat wall, but from the angle behind, half of her body is resting against a corner.

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Continuity mistake: The night the clown attacks Robbie, when he turns off the light the lamp and the Darth Vader bust swap positions between shots.

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Continuity mistake: Before the clown attack, its left leg keeps changing positions between shots.

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Continuity mistake: The night after burying the bird, Robbie's hat is not tucked in, however a frame later it's totally tucked in.

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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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Carol Anne Freeling: They're here.

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Trivia: In the swimming pool scene with the mother near the end, the actress didn't know it, but those weren't fake skeletons.

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