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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Poster

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Continuity 

The blood the hitchhiker smears on the van is gone in the long shot a few seconds later.
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The position of the hitch-hiker, in relation to the lorry, as it hits him, changes between shots. Also, the hitch-hiker is an obvious dummy as he is hit; you can see the fake limb attachment on his arm.
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When they get to the gas station early in the film, it constantly changes from overcast skies to the sun brightly shining with each different camera angle.
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When the man at the gas station washes the teenagers' van, the floor around the front of the van is totally wet after he finishes, but as the teenagers pull away, the area around the front of the van is now dry.
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After Sally has run back to the service station for refuge from Leatherface, there is a broom by the door, which changes position a couple of times during the scene.
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When Leatherface chases Sally into the house the first time and she escapes through an upstairs window, he corners her on the stairs and she leaps out a window off the hallway on the second floor. However, when Leatherface appears in the empty window frame after she jumps, he's standing in an attic window with a gable.
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When the van pulls up to the service station and the cook comes out, there is a red 'Open' sign on the door. Later it is gone.
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As the teenagers pull up into the gas station, look at the position of the gas pump's hose and its shadow. In the next shot, the gas pump's shadow has vanished and the gas pump's hose is positioned differently.
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When the group of teenagers pick up the hitchhiker, he goes crazy and cuts Franklin's arm, so they throw him out. As they throw him out, the van-door windows are shut. In the following inside shots, they're open.
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After the hitchhiker cuts his own hand there is a cut to him inviting them to dinner and his hand is clearly uninjured.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the Hitchhiker has been thrown out of the van and proceeds to chase after, and smear blood on the side of the van, at one point the camera cuts to the inside of the van to show the hitchhiker blowing raspberries through the window at the teenagers. During these perspectives, a clapper board, and a crew member wearing a red t-shirt, can be seen reflected in the window.
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Revealing mistakes 

After the hitch hiker cuts his own hand, he laughs and waves the knife. Watch carefully and you can see the hose behind the blade the blood came through.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Leatherface kills Franklin, blood spatters on his apron and shirt. In the wider shot, as Leatherface lifts the saw above his head and Franklin's flashlight shines on him, old stains are still visible on the apron, but Franklin's blood is gone.
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At the end of the film, Leatherface takes a pipe wrench to the face and falls down into a roadside ditch, getting his clothes very dirty. Moments later, when he's doing his macabre chainsaw dance, his clothes are all nice and clean again.
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When Sally escapes out the window, shards of glass land all about her. In the next shot as she gets up, they're gone.
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When Pam gets impaled on the meat hook, the hook would leave a deep cut injury, but when Jerry finds Pam dead, she has no obvious deep cut injury on her back.
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Revealing mistakes 

There are two identical meat hooks next to each other in Pam's murder scene, one of which she's skewered upon. However, based on the position of the spare hook, the point of Pam's hook would be above her shoulder and not sticking in her back.
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