I wrote an earlier blog about movie blunders awhile back. Now it’s time for strictly horror movies! As an avid reader, I have found too many mistakes to recall in so many novels that I wonder if publishers still employ proofreaders. If so, they must be illiterate. One book by Kevin O’Brien had more than a dozen errors, while the great Stephen King himself has made quite a few – including changing a main character’s eye color from brown to blue! Maybe he forgot to mention that she wore colored contacts.
I hate mistakes like that. I know it’s often hard to keep track of what you wrote about half a year earlier, but that’s why you should write down all the traits of your characters when working on a long novel. Besides, for the amount of money some of these writers get paid, they ought to be able to give their readers an almost perfect novel. Dean Koontz is one of the few writers to have a nearly perfect track record of zero mistakes in his novels.
As for movies…all I can do is shake my head. Mistakes galore can be found in movies, and there is no shortage of websites out there which feature movie blunders in all their hilarious glory. Film crew can be seen, shadows of cherry pickers, cranes, and helicopters, and often late model vehicles in period pieces. Continuity issues are extremely problematic but hey, that’s why filmmakers should have someone around to take photos of the cast when they wrap up the day’s shooting. They can then look over the photos the following day to make sure that everyone looks right for the next scenes.
Millions of dollars are spent making these movies, and it’s a shame to see mistakes that could have been easily avoided. I’m one of those stickler for details type, and it would slay me to put out a film that contains an obvious mistake. In the first feature film I shot, a no budget ‘diary style’ movie called, appropriately enough, ‘Alicen’s Diary’, I saw some goofs and had a hella time getting them out of the final footage. I still haven’t edited to my satisfaction, but at least the cast got their copies of the shit.
Here are some horror movie blunders you simply will not believe – then again, maybe you will. If you want to view these for yourself, there are several YouTube videos of incredible blunders, and I have also linked to the website from whence these bloopers came.
Scream 2: In the scene where Cici is killed, just before the killer throws her off the balcony there is a visible member of crew/stunt’s head.
The Shining: In the first scene, when Jack Nicholson is driving to the Overlook, the shadow of a helicopter can be seen at the bottom right. This is only visible in the un-matted VHS print and fullscreen DVD.
Resident Evil – Apocalypse: A boom mic operator wearing a white shirt is seen reflected in the door that the female scientist opens, when the Umbrella personnel pick her up, as part of their extraction procedure. He is visible as the door is opening and very faintly when it is closed.
House of Wax: When Carly locks herself in the truck, the owner throws to the ground the box holding the fan belt and a few other things, right beside the driver’s side of the truck. In the next exterior shot, there is nothing on the ground.
Saw: When Adam pounds on Zep with the toilet seat, he grabs his shoulder in pain. In the first shot of him holding his shoulder, his hand is soaked in blood. In the second shot, however, his hand is much cleaner.
The Cabin in The Woods: This is just after Curt has jumped into the lake. The green towel around Marty’s neck disappears and reappears.
The Hills Have Eyes (reboot): When Ethel, Lynne, Brenda and Bobby are sitting around the table outside the caravan, talking, the position of the juice pitcher, ketchup bottle and mustard bottle constantly changes.
From Dusk to Dawn: Throughout the entire film the tattoo on George Clooney’s neck moves position and changes shape.
The Purge – Election Year: When the Senator is about to be sacrificed, the cloth on her mouth immediately disappears for a split second.
Scream: When Sidney comes running to the house and she sees Dewey come out with the knife in his back she screams “Dewey!” but her mouth says “no!”
Jeepers Creepers: About 10 minutes into the movie, when the truck is chasing the 2 college students in the car and starts ramming them, the bumper and the trunk is smashed in. The shot changes and shows the car’s rear end and it is in perfect condition. This repeats at least 3 times.
The Faculty: Mr. Furlong pushes Zeke into the fishing tank and it breaks, soaking him from head to toe with water. Moments later they are walking out and he is dry.
The Gift: In one of the last scenes, Cate Blanchett’s character is standing in the doorway of her son’s room. She is wearing a blue striped dress. When she walks into the room, she’s wearing a floral dress.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (reboot): This movie states that it is during the year 1973, yet in the beginning of the movie when they are driving in the van they are listening to “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. This song was not released publicly until 1974.
A Nightmare on Elm Street: When Freddy falls over the banister onto the stairs near the end, notice the crash mat he lands on.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula: When Dr. Seward first goes to see Renfield, he gets bitten on the right side of his neck, but then grabs the left side as if in pain. – Movie Mistakes