The house is supposed to have been built in the 1850s, and the interiors are typical Victorian era mansion sets, but exteriors are of a house designed in the 1920s by Frank Lloyd Wright which still looked very modern when this film was made more than 20 years later.
Lance locks his door from the inside with a deadbolt after the Doctor calls everybody to the meeting, and leaves through Nora's door. When they return from the meeting he opens his own, unlocked, door from the outside.
In the opening scene, when Frederick Loren introduces each of the party guests, the back window of each person's funeral car is blacked out with a dark cloth. But in all the long shots showing the procession of cars driving slowly along the road, the back windows of all the cars are clearly transparent, with nothing blocking the view through the glass.
In the living room they discuss that it's impossible for Annabelle to have hanged herself because there was not anything for her to get up on to jump. However, minutes earlier when we see the body hanging, there is clearly a newel post on one side of the hanging body and a handrail on the other, both within jumping distance.
When Frederick is in the bedroom with Annabelle, he shakes a bottle of champagne and then points the bottle at her with the foil and cork intact. In the next scene, Frederick stops pointing the champagne bottle at her and removes the cork. The foil has already been removed.
The skeleton's dissolving by the acid should not be shown as held together in one piece the way it is seen, as the acid should have melted the tendons and joints that hold bones together, thus resulting in piles of loose bones.
When Dr. Trent removes Annabelle's "Hanging harness", it is just a leather bustier. A real hanging harness would have some sort of hook(s) to transfer the pressure from the neck to the shoulders. Such a harness was used by Darto (Burt Lancaster) in "The Flame and the Arrow,"
Frederick Loren announces at the start of the challenge that if any of the contestants die, the deceased's heirs will get his/her $10,000. Later he says that if any of the five contestants die, the total $50,000 will be split evenly among the survivors. However, the initial statement is spoken directly to the film's audience, is not part of the actual plot line, and therefore does not really contradict the terms subsequently described to the genuine characters.
The rope that comes floating through the window and wraps around Nora's feet and then unwraps itself and goes out the window again, in real life, how would you do all that? You can't reverse film in real life, and if there was a string attached, wouldn't Nora see it or feel it?
Mr. Loren shakes an unopened bottle of "champagne" and points it menacingly at his wife, yet when the bottle is opened there is no effervescent "fountain" nor bubbles visible in their glasses when poured.
When using candles in the rooms in the basement, the candlelight is obviously a spotlight as the shadows of the candle and silhouette of the person are displayed on the wall, when all there should be is candlelight.
Lance leaves Nora alone in her room with strict instruction to not let anyone else in whilst he's gone. Suddenly, every candle light snuffs out, just before the rope comes through the open window. These were obviously spot or hidden surface lights, as a room full of lit candles and a candle-chandelier do not simply blow-out without a sudden, blinding gush of wind.
Recognizably, the following was intended to be a spooky special effect, but delivered rather awkwardly... Annabelle had faked her hanging death to fool her husband and the guests, and to obviously scare Nora to the point of hysteria. Which explains why "ghost" Annabelle 'floats' to Nora's window, but doesn't materialize inside the room as an actual ghost would. However, that sequence does not explain how the rope managed to creep through the window and *wrap* itself around Nora's ankles, and then retract out the window again. It may have worked better, if the rope had physically pulled on Nora's ankles, leaving her screaming as she grabbed onto to something, and then simply retracted back out the window again.
After Trent and Lance lower the hanging body of Annabelle and are joined by Loren, Trent states that she hanged herself. However, just a few minutes later when all but Nora are gathered in the parlor, Trent explains how it was clearly a physical impossibility for Annabelle to have done herself in.
Loren drops the skeleton back into the acid from which it had emerged unscathed. Some have interpreted this act as destroying the evidence of his crime and the two being self-contradictory. However, there is no hint of motive for Loren's returning it to the vat and no bubbling effect to indicate any dissolution of the skeleton. Furthermore, Watson Pritchard had not only previously stated that the acid leaves bones behind, but he had demonstrated it by tossing in the body of a dead rat.
It is established that no one can get out of the house due to the locked metal door and bars on all the windows, yet Annabelle somehow gets outside so she can pretend to be a ghost outside Nora's window.
After the guests have locked themselves in their rooms, Nora emerges, goes to the end of the hall and discovers Annabelle swinging from a noose. Nora screams. She backs into a corner and is confronted with a monster hand and screams again. In the next scene, the doctor knocks on Mr. Loren's door and asks him if he heard anything strange, to which Mr. Loren replies that he thought he heard footsteps. How did no one hear Nora screaming?
Annabelle complains that her husband invited all the guests, and they're strangers, but the psychiatrist is secretly her lover and will help her try to murder him during the party. So doesn't she find it odd that her husband invited him? She obviously didn't suggest that he do so.
If the caretakers are real people, how can they stand in the doorway without saying a word and suddenly disappear? Also, how does the wife float in mid-air, glide around the cellar and not be seen by Lance when she passes through the doorway to the next room where he is waiting? She doesn't react to a bloodcurdling scream right next to her - is she deaf as well as blind? If she is blind, how does she head straight for and cleanly through that doorway?