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(1992)

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Jump to: Anachronisms (4) | Character error (1) | Continuity (13) | Incorrectly regarded as goofs (1) | Plot holes (1) | Revealing mistakes (6) | Spoilers (4)

Anachronisms 

The lawn mower in the movie was not available in New Zealand in 1957.
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The first Aleister Crowley "Thoth" deck appeared in a monochrome edition published by the Simpson Printing Company of Dallas, Texas, in the early 1960s. Llewellyn, in conjunction with the Ordo Templi Orientis, published the first color version in 1969.
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A Coca-Cola sign, of a type that was not introduced until the 1970s, is visible in Paquita's family's store.
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The display outside the fruit shop, where Paquita works, is partly stacked on green plastic apple crates. These were introduced in New Zealand in the mid 1970s. The film is set in 1957.
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Character error 

Before the luncheon scene, the Mathesons introduce themselves to Lionel as if for the first time. At the funeral, they display long-term familiarity ("Poor Lionel, he was always dreadfully attached to his mother.")

Continuity 

Despite being absolutely drenched with blood during the zombie massacre, Lionel's sweater and pants are completely dry in all the following scenes. His pants are amazingly clean, too.
When Lionel recounts the tale of his father's drowning, framing his face are iron bars. At the end of the story when Paquita takes his hand, the bars are gone and he is instead leaning against a chain link fence.
When Paquita and Rita are pulling a man in from the window, blood appears and disappears around his mouth between shots.
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Lionel is mopping up bloody footprints when Paquita comes to visit. After they chase her dog upstairs and come back down, the entryway no longer has footprints.
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When Lionel's mum gets bitten at the zoo, the color of her sleeve material changes from black/dark blue to light blue.
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When the top of the zombie's head slides toward Rita, the floor around it is clean. As soon as the shot changes, there's blood all around it, and then it changes again, when Paquita kicks it.
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When Paquita is trying to get Rita back on her feet, and the top of that zombie's head slides toward them, Paquita kicks it. It flips onto its side, but the next shot has it sliding right way up again.
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Just after the Kung-Fu Priest scene, and Lionel is feeding the zombies tranquilized porridge, the nurse swallows some and it pours out of her throat. After Lionel has put it into the nurse's throat, the porridge has disappeared.
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As Lionel is hanging from the ceiling and the zombie priest and nurse come toward each other, the pitchfork that Uncle Lez shoved into the priest impales the nurse and it is covered with blood. A split second later it is clean.
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When Lionel drags the baby out of the radio, it has no umbilical cord. In the next scene it hangs out of the baby, and it plays an important role when the baby is stopped by it.
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In the luncheon scene, the ear falls earring-side down into the custard, but a second later, the earring is up and clean.
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Before the luncheon scene, the Mathesons introduce themselves to Lionel as if for the first time. At the funeral, they display long-term familiarity ("Poor Lionel, he was always dreadfully attached to his mother.")
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When Uncle Les first enters the house, he practically gags on the smell, but later in the party scene, no-one notices any unpleasant odors, even though the bodies have yet to be buried.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

On the bottles, tranquilizer is spelled "tranquillizer". Merriam-Webster's online dictionary lists "tranquillizer" as an acceptable variant.

Plot holes 

When Uncle Les first enters the house, he practically gags on the smell, but later in the party scene, no-one notices any unpleasant odors, even though the bodies have yet to be buried.
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Revealing mistakes 

When little Selwyn is chased by Uncle Les, the running baby is a stunt double who is clearly much larger than the baby is for the rest of the film.
As the three zombies go rabid at the house party, and McGruder and Thug tear the skin off a guy's face, the switch from actor to dummy is visible.
When the Thug Zombie has been torn in half and is crawling toward Lionel, you can see the shadow of the actor's body being dragged behind it.
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When Lionel has just massacred alot of zombies, Thug Zombie appears at the top of the stairs. If you look closely you can see his real pair of legs near the window Lionel flew out of earlier.
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When 3 of the zombies are high on Animal Stimulants and are going rabid at the house party, several girls have locked themselves in a room. A guy starts to crawl in with no flesh from his waist down. In one of the shots as they pull him in, you can see his real body as the skinless legs are kicking.
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On several short shots of the tramways, the carriages appear clearly as models pulled by strings.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Lionel's mother first changes into a zombie and is pursuing him, as he backs up, one of the porcelain wall ornaments falls off the wall. The ornament is later on the wall again, and Lionel grabs it.
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Plot holes 

It's established throughout the film that in order to become a zombie, you need to be bitter by either the rat monkey or another zombie. Yet several of them, most notably Nurse McTavish and the majority of those at the party, are never bitten so shouldn't be zombies.

Revealing mistakes 

Towards the end when the top half of the Zombie Thug is on the lawnmower blades, you can see the jets of "blood" being sprayed up at different angles.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Uncle Les goes after Paquita after having been torn apart by the mother, you can see the wire holding his head up.
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