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Re-Animator (1985) Poster

(1985)

Goofs

Continuity 

When West is preparing to reanimate the Dean's body in the morgue, he circles the embalming table, and swivels a pivoting lamp along with him. In the next shot, however, the lamp vanishes altogether.
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Continuity 

When Dan is in the morgue at the beginning of the movie, you can clearly see the bag over the cadaver rising as the actor is breathing.
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The window in Dr. Hill's door is broken when Dan and Meg go snooping around in his office, but it is whole later on when Dr. Hill returns.
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The university where all the action takes place is "Miskatonic". When West is reanimating the dead cat Rufus, there is a close-up of a bottle of chemicals from the university, spelled "Misketonic", with an 'e'.
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When Dr. Halsey is killed, two of the fingers on his right hand are bitten off by a re-animated corpse. Later in the film in the padded cell, Dr. Halsey places his right hand on a wall, and all his five fingers are showing.
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At the end of the movie, when Megan has died and has been disconnected from the equipment, she has her chest exposed. Dan is standing over her. In the next shot, when Dan comes closer to kiss her, her breasts are covered by her shirt.
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Crew or equipment visible 

As Dan and West walk around the basement looking for the reanimated cat, the shadow of the square camera lens hood as well as the boom mic attached to it are visible.
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Factual errors 

Bone saws, like cast cutters, don't rotate, they vibrate.
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The bone saw that Dr. Hill uses to dissect the cadaver in class never rotates.
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Miscellaneous 

In the very first sequence two signs can be seen next to the locked door. The first one reads 'Dr. Gruber Ghirurg'. The word 'Ghirurg' doesn't exist in German. The correct spelling is 'Chirurg' ('surgeon'). The sign below shows the three lines 'GEHIRN FORSCHUNGSL LABOR' ('brain research laboratory'). The first 'L' doesn't belong there. And as 'Gehirnforschungslabor' is in fact one word in German it should be hyphenated when wrapped.
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During the final bit of the 'cat scene,' a pharmaceutical bottle on the table bears a label with the university's name misspelled as 'Misketonic' rather than 'Miskatonic.'
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Revealing mistakes 

When Doctor Carl Hill (David Gale) instructs the hospital orderlies to restrain the crazed, "re-animated" Dean Halsey, they tackle him hard into the wall of the "security chamber", which bends and wobbles and clearly behaves like the false wall of a movie set.
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In the scene where Dean Halsey is re-animated, the "re-agent" can been seen reflected in Herbert's glasses off of the table's surface.
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We see West shoving the drill through the cadaver's back and exiting his chest. The chest itself is a fake with the actor playing the cadaver holding on to it and shoving the drill through himself. We see this for ourselves when the two actors accidentally lift the fake chest high enough to reveal the real body underneath.
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When West is using the bone saw on the reanimated zombie, the bottom of the artificial chest is visible on the bottom of the screen (full-screen VHS version only).
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Just before Dr. Hill enters the padded room with the orderlies, he hits the window, making the whole wall shake. Again, revealing it as a fake wall.
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After Dr. Hill gets decapitated, and both his head and body are re-animated, his newly-dead body is much too tall and broad to be his original, live body.
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When Dan is in the morgue at the beginning of the movie, you can clearly see the bag over the cadaver rising as the actor is breathing.
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When West picks up the cat in the basement and drops it, it is a fake cat, the cat hasn't been dead long enough for rigor mortis to have set in to keep it in that position, or to cause the clunking noise the cat makes on impact with the table.
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