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.

xx:xx:xx

Continuity mistake: Likewise, 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.

Add time

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. Watch in slo-mo a couple times, then it's really obvious at regular speed.

Add time

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.

Add time

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.

Add time

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.

Add time

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.

Add time

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.

Add time

Visible crew/equipment: Near the end of the movie, when Diane falls down the stairs and runs towards the door, she grabs the door knob. When she gets thrown backwards, you can see the cable that is attached to her shirt, pulling her back, in the first couple of frames in slo-mo.

Add time

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.

xx:xx:xx

Jeff Swanson

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.

Add time

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.

Add time

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.

Add time

Sacha

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.

Add time

Sacha

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.

Add time

Krista

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.

Add time

Dameon

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.

xx:xx:xx

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.

Add time

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.

Add time

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

Add time

Sacha

Continuity mistake: When the mother falls into the muddy swimming pool, and the bodies are popping out from the ground,she was drenched and covered in mud. By the time she runs upstairs, she is almost completely dry and there is very little mud on her.

Add time

Continuity mistake: When the dog jumps in the back of the cab, he gets in the right side and Robbie is nowhere to be seen. It cuts away very briefly, and when it cuts back suddenly Robbie is very much on the right side of the seat and the dog is on the left- not enough time for them to have moved and settled in.

Add time

Krista

Continuity mistake: A few seconds before Robbie looks at his clown toy, you can see a Rubik's cube near his head. When the camera angle changes, the cube is gone.

Add time

Continuity mistake: When Diane and Carol Anne are lying in the bathtub towards the end, Carol Anne's hair and hand position change drastically between the wide shot and the closeup.

Add time

Krista

Continuity mistake: Right after JoBeth Williams and Craig T Nelson joke with Dr. Lesh about not showing the tapes of their haunting on "60 Minutes" or "That's Incredible", JoBeth walks to the table with Dr. Lesh's flask in her hand. As she walks from the sink, there's a silver cap on it. When she gets to the table, the cap is gone. She couldn't have removed it out of sight, she had a coffee cup in her other hand.

Add time

Ingabritzen

Continuity mistake: When Robbie wakes up to cover the clown, his grip on the jacket and the position of his head (crouched neck against breast vs raised neck) changes between one frame and the other.

Add time

Sacha

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.

Add time

Sacha

Continuity mistake: After Carol goes through her mom's body, a huge wind sweeps away the living room. The lamp next to the TV falls down, but a second later it's facing upwards again.

Add time

Sacha

Continuity mistake: The reddish brown goo on Robbie's face after he's almost eaten by the tree varies between camera shots.

Add time

jerimiah

Continuity mistake: Returning from the pool, Diane enters the kids' bedroom and starts to fly, covering the door with mud. A second later the door is clean, only to dirty itself in the following shots.

Add time

Sacha

Continuity mistake: When Robbie leaves in a taxi, in the close-up Steve is massaging Diane, in the wide angle he is just standing behind. This keeps swapping back and forth.

Add time

Sacha

Continuity mistake: When Carol Ann is about to be abducted, sometimes she is suspended horizontally over the bed, others diagonally.

Add time

Sacha

Visible crew/equipment: After Robbie's glass breaks, Dana leaves through the left side while Diane says she'll clean up. Watch the painting behind her and you'll see the moving shadow of a crew member in front of her.

Add time

Sacha

Continuity mistake: After Carol Ann's been abducted, her family walks upstairs and places one mattress on top of another. A few seconds later they are arranged in a different way.

Add time

Sacha

Continuity mistake: The back window of Robbie's cab goes from being up to halfway down from shot to shot.

Add time

Krista

Continuity mistake: When Diane and Carol are in the tub, the amount of red slime on Diane's forehead, and foam on Steven's hand increases or decreases between shots.

Add time

Sacha

Continuity mistake: The first night the ghosts come out of the TV, before Carol Ann wakes up, there's a pillow on the background laying on the floor by a basket. When she walks towards the TV the pillow is standing upright by the basket.

Add time

Sacha

Continuity mistake: Diane places the liquor flask upside down on the table, but a frame later it has turned 180ยบ.

Add time

Sacha

Continuity mistake: After the credits, the position and amount of beer cans around the fallen bicycle changes between shots.

Add time

Sacha

Continuity mistake: The clown puts his hand around Robbie's throat, but a frame later disappears.

Add time

Sacha

Visible crew/equipment: When Diane and Steve go to their neighbor's house after the scene of the chair sliding across the floor, there's a flash of lightning that reveals a shadow of a fan that's blowing on the actors on the left side of the house.

Add time

jerimiah

Continuity mistake: The piece of licorice that Carol Anne puts into the cigar box with the dead parakeet "for when he's hungry" appears to be close to 6 inches long when she's placing it in the box but no more than a couple of inches long when it's shown in the box a few moments later.

xx:xx:xx

Jeff Swanson

Continuity mistake: Just before the house starts to implode, Teague is backing away from it and as he does so, he passes a couple of white garbage bags on the sidewalk and backs into the street. In the next shot, taken from across the street showing bystanders being blown backwards, Teague is visible in the background; he's back on the sidewalk tripping backwards over the same bags he safely passed moments before.

xx:xx:xx

Jeff Swanson

Continuity mistake: Toward the end, when Diane and the kids are trying to escape, they start into the kitchen only to see 2 coffins come up through the floor. The initial shot shows the coffins quickly shooting up to almost the same height and then stopping, but in the next shot, in which the coffin on the right opens, the one on the left is a couple of feet lower and is still slowly rising.

Add time

Jeff Swanson

Other mistake: In the opening sequence, when Dana is in bed and hears Carol Anne say, "Hello, I can't hear you", for some reason there is a prosthetic leg lying across Dana's bed.

xx:xx:xx

mightymick

Continuity mistake: As the Freeling family is escaping through the side of their house, you will notice that Diane is holding a doll that looks like Carol Anne.

Add time

Factual error: Robbie is grabbed by the big, gnarly tree outside his bedroom window during a severe thunderstorm, and Steve rushes outside to save the boy as a full-blown tornado passes overhead. The tornado sucks up the tree (which certainly weighs several tons); yet, completely defying physics, Steve and Robbie remain unaffected by the powerful updraft, even though the two are directly beneath the tornado vortex.

Add time

Charles Austin Miller

Visible crew/equipment: Near the end of the film in Carol Anne's bedroom, after the medium calls "Give me your hand" the edge of a giant fan is visible on the extreme right of the picture. (Maybe widescreen version only).

Add time

Audio problem: When CarolAnn slides across the floor, she comments on how it feels on her butt, but her mouth doesn't move.

Add time

Michael Barrows

Revealing mistake: When the TV is turned off and Diane insists it's left on, the picture rolls and color bars are visible before the picture stabilises again. The 'static' is a video signal being fed to the TV, not true static.

Add time

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.

Add time

Sacha

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.

Add time

Sacha

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.

Add time

Sacha

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

Add time

Sacha

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.

Add time

Sacha

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.

Add time

Sacha

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.

Add time

Sacha

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

Add time

Sacha

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

Add time

Sacha

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.

Add time

Sacha

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.

Add time

Sacha

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.

Add time

Sacha

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

Add time

Sacha

Continuity mistake: When Diane is about to dye her hair, the shampoo bottle changes positions between shots.

Add time

Sacha

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

Add time

Sacha

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.

Add time

Sacha

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.

Add time

Sacha

Other mistake: The night after burying the bird, a lightning strike projects an image of the tree outside onto the bedroom wall. However, the silhouette has nothing to do with the tree's shape.

Add time

Sacha

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

Add time

Sacha

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.

Add time

Sacha

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.

Add time

Sacha

Revealing mistake: When the investigators open the kids' bedroom, some of the flying stuff becomes transparent or very light coloured due to the matte effect.

Add time

Sacha

Revealing mistake: When Diane is pulled back from the front door near the end of the movie, they use a stunt double, as you can see the stunt person scramble off to the right after the real Diane lands behind the stairs.

Add time

jerimiah

Continuity mistake: When Carol Anne goes to the TV in the parents' bedroom the first time, the clock on the TV changes from 2:38, 2:58, 2:38 and then back to 2:53 with each camera angle change.

Add time

jerimiah

Factual error: During the climax of the film, coffins from the cemetery below rise out of the ground. Only problem: they're rising vertically. Coffins are laid horizontally.

Add time

JC Fernandez

Share

Follow