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Tarantula (1955) Poster

(1955)

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Twice in the film, Dr. Hastings lands his plane on an unpaved desert runway. Yet the sound effect when the plane touches down is the screech of tires hitting pavement.
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Continuity 

The jets that take off to attack the tarantula at the end of the movie are F-84 "Thunderjets"; however, the attacking jets are F-80 "Shooting Stars".
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Early in the film, Dr. Deemer goes into the lab and puts on his apron, he is wearing a shirt with short sleeves, but when he puts his arms in the isolation box, the sleeves are long, like a lab coat, then short again in the wide shot when he pulls his arms out.
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The positions of the books on the table when the tarantula attacks the house with the heroine in it.
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The position of the hypo changes as Leo G. Carroll handles it.
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Crew or equipment visible 

The shadow from the off-screen hand holding the first rock in the "rockslide" can be seen before and after the rock is released.
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Factual errors 

When the Tarantula attacks Prof. Deemers house we see a closeup of its "face" looking through the window, with two large eyes right above the jaws. A real tarantula looks completely different, with eight eyes, located at a very different position.
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Plot holes 

At the tarantula's final size, humans would no longer be a suitable prey for it since more energy would be expended catching and eating such a (relatively) small food source than would be gained from ingesting it.
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Prof Deemer takes special care to fill the hypodermic needle inside an isolation box wearing rubber gloves. However, once it is filled he pulls it out of the box with his bare hands and then removes air from the needle by shooting a little bit of serum out. Had the toxicity of the serum been that dangerous he probably would have done that with the needle still in the box and would have worn gloves while handling the needle outside the box.
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When Prof Deemer inspects the animals in his cages he changes the card (on the clipboard) showing the age of the first animal (white rat) from 5 to 6 days and writes that the rat received the second injection on the 6th day. However, even though he is holding the needle in his hand, he does not give the rat an injection. He then inspects the clipboards for the remaining animals yet does not change the date of the age for any of them.
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Revealing mistakes 

In one shot of the tarantula crawling over the mountains, the matte is cut incorrectly, so that one of the spider's legs seems to disappear in mid-air.
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