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Salem's Lot (TV Movie 1979) Poster

(1979 TV Movie)

Goofs

Continuity 

The blood drop on Mike Ryerson's pyjama top changes. When first seen (when he is newly dead) it is a large spot on the pocket. Later, when he visits the doctor, the spot is nearly invisible in some shots. In other shots it is a very small drop slightly above the pocket.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In the hospital scene when Ralphie comes to vampirize his brother Danny, Danny's I.V. drip falls to the floor and smashes, but the audio and picture are out of sync.
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Boom mic visible 

During the dinner at the Norton house, a boom microphone is visible at top of screen over the dinner table.
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As Cully and Larry enter the living room, a crew member and a boom mic are reflected in the mirror.
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As Ben and Susan leave the Norton House after dinner, the shadow of a boom mic is visible on the porch roof post.
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Continuity 

After getting a visit from the vampirized Danny Glick, Mark is backing away from his bedroom window with a cross held in his outstretched hand. He then pulls the cross to his chest. In the next shot, his arm is still stretched out in front of him.
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While driving to the antique shop, Straker drives by Crockett's realty office where a memorial wreath is on the door. Moments later we see the realty office again and there is no wreath.
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While a vampire, Ralphie is in his pyjamas although he died in his regular clothing.
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As Ned drives away after the first meeting with Ben, there is a white car in the corner. The camera cuts to Ben and Susan, and the car is no longer there.
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The pry bar that Ned and Mike drop on the floor at the Marsten house changes positions between shots.
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When Straker drives to the police station with his two suits, the rear side window on the driver's side in rolled down. When he arrives at his shop across from the police station, that window is rolled up.
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When Mike Ryerson is digging dirt onto Danny Glick's coffin, the weather is b brilliantly sunny and windy, but at one point on a reverse angle, it's quite foggy.
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Bonnie tells Larry that Cully will be in Portland before Cully is actually hired to go to Portland.
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The house that is burning at the end of the film in no way resembles the Marston house we see throughout the film. The burning house has a large colonnade entrance with a triangular roof and rounded corner sections.
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In the Marsten House, Straker picks Bill up with his his hands on Bill's arms, just below the shoulders. But as he approaches the antlers, Straker has one hand on Bill's arm and one hand clutching his tie.
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In their initial dinner in the bar/restaurant, Ben tells Jason that he left Salem's Lot at the age of ten. Later, as Deputy Nolly relates the information he got about Ben's past from the FBI to Parkins, he states that Ben left at the age of eleven.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During Ralphie's second visit to Danny after being vampirized, Danny opens the hospital windows and one of the crew members is reflected in the glass.
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At the Marsten house when Straker is taking his suits to constable's office, a camera & crew are reflected in the rear door, when Straker open it.
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When Straker is driving to his office to drop the suits to constable's office, the camera is reflected in the co-pilot side when the car is passing-by on the street. Also after he park his car, the camera is again reflected in the pilot's door when he open it.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In the meeting with Mark, his parents, and Father Callahan, Barlow (the vampire) simply breaks into the house without any invitation by its occupants. All of the other vampires in the movie need to be invited in. However, Barlow is a powerful master vampire for whom such "rules" may not apply. Note how he doesn't recoil from Father Callahan's cross? In fact, he actually touches it and throws it to the floor.
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Revealing mistakes 

After Danny Glick visits Mark outside Mark's bedroom window, Mark shows Danny the cross he took off the model on his desk and tells Danny to "Go away!". As the vampirized Danny begins to "float" backwards away from the closed window, you can see Danny is sitting in a chair on a boom that is lifting him away.
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As Ben Mears drives a stake into Susan's heart, when Susan opens her mouth and screams, the metal dentures holding her fangs in place are clearly visible in her mouth.
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During the complete 184-min version, you can see Ned and Mike pushing the supposedly heavy and cumbersome crate towards the lorry - unfortunately it snags on the floor on the way, tilting upwards in a manner characteristic of light, empty crates.
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Just before the window in the Petrie's kitchen blows inward, a very visible wire can be seen pulling the frame of the window inwards.
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When Barlow is in Mark's kitchen, the make-up line on Barlow's neck is visible.
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When Mark goes to the Marsten house to kill Barlow, he pulls out two lock picks from a small case in order to break in. Then he clearly inserts the handle of one pick into the padlock, rather than the toothed end.
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