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The Evil Dead (1981) Poster

(1981)

Goofs

Continuity 

(at around 25 mins) Before Scotty turns the light on in the shed, there is already a bright light coming from the ceiling near the door.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

At the beginning of the film, the sound of tires screeching on the dirt road do not match what is happening onscreen.
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Continuity 

Characters' hairstyles, as well as the amount of blood on them, change drastically from shot to shot - a result of shooting the film sporadically over several years. Note that seconds after Ash is completely covered in Linda's blood, he is clean again.
In the cellar when the projector comes on, blood is dripping on the center of the lens in large circles. However, on the screen you see the blood oozing down from the top of the lens rather than dripping on the center.
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When Scotty first enters the cabin, it is clearly dark out, despite it being daylight outside when he approached the house.
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When Ash hits Cheryl's hand with the end of his shotgun and closes the door, in the next shot you can see that the blood that spilled on the edge of the door disappears.
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When Scott and Ash go to the cellar and find the random objects, Ash starts to examine the Book of the Dead. When you look the book pages all the time in the different shots, they change even though Ash doesn't turn the pages.
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At one point in the movie, Ash's feet are shown walking across a blood-covered floor. Near the end of the movie, his feet are shown walking down the steps to the cellar, and he is obviously wearing different shoes.
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When the possessed Cheryl is lying on the floor next to the pencils, the position of the pencils change between shots.
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The shotgun wound on Cheryl's face goes from the left side, to the right side, then back to the left between shots.
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The wire on the light bulb in the shack changes length between shots.
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The design on the box for Linda's pendant changes between shots.
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Scotty is shown being scratched by the demon on the right side of his face, however, later the scratches appear on his left side.
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The amount of blood on the wall that comes out of the demon's hand after Ash smashes its hand with the shotgun changes from shot to shot.
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At the beginning of the movie the car windows alternate between open and closed throughout the ride to the cabin.
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When Cheryl is first possessed, Ash, Linda and Shelly are standing looking at her. In one shot Shelly is behind a chair. In the next shot the chair is lying on its side on the floor.
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When Ash first walks across the cellar floor, above him water pipes can be seen leaking water at a moderate rate. As Ash walks through the next door you can clearly see that the floor is dry.
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When Scotty is fighting with Shelly in front of the fireplace, Shelly is holding the Kandarian Dagger, however, when the shot cuts to Scotty trying to get his buck knife out of the sheath, you can see the Kandarian Dagger lying on the floor on the bottom right corner of the screen.
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Linda's pendant changes from shot to shot as Ash gets ready to use the chainsaw.
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When Cheryl runs back onto the porch after being raped by the tree, there are three porch lights on the top of the cabin. One at each end and one directly above the door. As the "Evil" is approaching Cheryl, who is trying to unlock the door, the light above the door is missing. After Cheryl makes it back into the cabin, the "Evil" retreats back into the woods and suddenly the light above the door has mysteriously reappeared.
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When the car was going across the bridge, the rear passenger side tire broke through, but when they drove it out the rear driver side of the car came up and the front passenger side dropped down. This is what would happen if the rear driver side tire had fallen through. In their case, the rear passenger side should have come up and the front driver side should have come down.
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When Scott is walking into the bathroom to see if anyone is hiding in the bathtub, his hair is fairly long. He rips the shower curtain open and then spins around as the demon attacks him. As he's being attacked, it's quite obvious that he's recently had a haircut.
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When Scott honks the horn the windows are up (closed), but when he yells at the two people waving, the windows are down (open).
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During the meltdown scene, one of the zombies' head is seen falling off. But in the next shot, it's intact.
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When Ash fires off the shotgun at the window, he fires off 2 shots instead of one before reloading. In the previous scene, he picks up TWO shotgun shells from the cellar to reload with: one he uses on the window and the other he pulls out of his shirt pocket in the next scene after he has shot the window.
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When Cheryl runs up to the house after the tree scene she is wearing moccasins. When she is shown from above reaching above the door to get the keys she is barefoot. Then when the long shot from the demon's perspective is approaching she is wearing moccasins again. Finally when the door is opened by Ash and the keys fall to the floor there is a closeup of her bare feet.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During the dinner scene when the basement door flies open, you can briefly see the arm of the person who flung it open.
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18:20 into the film. As the fog begins to rise from the ground, you can see the shadow of something being waved back and forth to cause the fog to blow across the shot.
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When the car is rolling onto the bridge at the beginning of the film, a white car is visible behind the trees on the left, following the car.
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A crewperson is visible outside the window when the white shutters keep on banging.
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While they cross the bridge at the beginning of the movie, a crew member is visible on the right side of the screen, next to the bridge.
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Lights are visible everywhere: on the forest floor when Cheryl is being chased, mounted on the corners of the roof above the front porch, etc.
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Producer Rob Tapert can be seen hiding in the bushes when the car starts to cross the bridge.
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When the car is approaching the cabin and the camera truck is filming from the rear angle following the car, you can see a branch get moved out of the way by the camera.
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When Cheryl walks outside wearing her dressing gown the screen showing the mist covering the moon is visible in the top right due to it being a bluer colour than the background.
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When Scotty is examining the cabin at the beginning of the film, the cameraman is reflected in a window.
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When Cheryl first goes outside before being encountered by tree vines, the camera's shadow can be briefly seen on her.
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Revealing mistakes 

The giant piece of wood Ash is beating his girlfriend in the head with is obviously foam and actually breaks in half while he's doing it. You can see that he is desperately trying to hold it together.
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The large moon that looms over the cabin is an obvious projection. You can see a square outline around the moon which is lighter that the rest of the background.
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When Ash drags the possessed Linda outside, she is barefoot. A few minutes later, Linda appears back in the cabin and attacks Ash. Ash falls on the couch, and Linda jumps towards him. Ash kicks his feet up to push her away. If you look down at Linda's feet, she is wearing boots.
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The sunrise at the end of the movie is reused footage of the sunset at the beginning.
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When Ash smashes Cheryl's hand with the butt of the shotgun, the finger of the fake hand parts slightly to show a hint of a blue rubber kitchen glove, which was filled with the fake blood.
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When Ash is beating evil Linda with the big piece of wood, it's obvious that at some shots Linda is a stuffed dummy and not Betsy Baker.
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According to the Professor's tape (and other movies in the series), the Necronomicon was written in human blood, but when Ash is flipping through it, the pages are plain black ink.
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A wire can be vaguely seen pulling out the insides of the zombies' throat.
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When Ash and Linda are admiring the necklace, you can see flecks of paint brush off onto Linda's hand. This is because the original necklace was gold and later spray painted silver.
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Near the end of the film, Ash heads back down into the cellar. The shot from the cellar looking up as he opens the door clearly shows brightly lit brown wooden paneling on the wall behind him as he falls down the stairs. A few minutes later, as Ash is climbing the stairs, the shot through the stairs themselves reveal shelves on the wall above his head as well as a light switch on the wall, not to mention the fact that there is now a ceiling several feet above his head that wasn't there before.
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Throughout the movie, you can see excess light through windows and the mirror, even though it is supposed to be night and pitch-black.
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When the blood filled light bulb explodes in the basement, a wire with an obvious LED on the end of it can be seen.
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When Ash goes into the basement for shotgun shells, the shells he grabs are "spent" shells, and therefore, would not work.
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When Ash stabs Linda with the Kandarian Dagger, she spits up a bunch of blood all over her face. When Ash chains Linda down to the table to chop her up, her face is clean.
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When Ash is walking back out of the cellar with the shotgun in his hand, fairly new looking furnace duct work can be seen behind him hanging from the ceiling.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

Ash's legs have been grabbed at, clawed, and bitten into throughout the film, yet when he stands up at the end of the movie his trousers are intact, even though we've seen them ripped at least twice.
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When Scotty kills Shelly with the axe, he cuts off her left hand. But through the rest of the scene you can see her left hand stretched out to him. After the killing, the hand is still on Shelly's arm but the arm is cut off.
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When Ash burns the Necronomicon at the end, the Cheryl-zombie is standing right over him (the poker she drops falls right next to him), but when she falls, she is quite a few feet away from him.
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The amount of blood on Ash's face changes as he watches the demons disintegrate at the end of the film.
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At the end when Ash has destroyed the possessed enemies, the pendant isn't in his hand. But when he rises, it is back in his hand.
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When Ash has destroyed the enemies and comes out of the cabin, you can see first that the door closes slowly after it has been open, but after the camera shows a view of the forest and shows Ash again, you can see that the door has slightly gone open again.
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At the end when Ash has destroyed the enemies and leaves the cabin, the shapes of the holes on the door are completely different than before.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Visible tube spraying blood out of Cheryl's face after she is shot by Ash.
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Plot holes 

When Cheryl runs back to the cabin after being raped by the tree, even though everyone else is inside and the door is locked, the keys are above the door on the outside.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the end of the film when Ash has destroyed the enemies and leaves the cabin, you can see that the shapes of the holes on the door are completely different than before. You can also conclude from the shape of the holes that they were just sawed off.
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When Ash tries to block the door just before the possessed Scotty attacks him, you can see that the holes on the door aren't holes, but instead black paint.
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