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Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) Poster

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In the opening scene, a woman holds up a knife before she stabs it into a pumpkin. There's a sound effect of the knife coming out of its holder, however, the knife is in the air the whole time.
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Character error 

With a mother as over-protective and skittish as Keri/ Laurie is, it is highly irregular that she wouldn't personally observe the buses departing for Yosemite and, therefore, see that her son was absent. She is also headmistress of the school and would likely be missed.
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Continuity 

(at around 12 mins) The newspaper clip shown during the opening credits, which states that Laurie Strode died in a car accident, says that she was a survivor of the "Halloween murders" of 1968. They took place in 1978.
(at around 12 mins) A yearbook page with Laurie Strode's picture on it is shown toward the beginning of the film. Above her picture it says "Class of 1978." But if she were in school in October 1978, then she wouldn't normally have graduated until the following spring, in 1979. So therefore, she is Class of 1979.
(at around 54 mins) Laurie removes the top from a vodka bottle, guzzles, hands the bottle to Will who also takes the top off.
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(at around 48 mins) When two of the characters are watching Scream 2 on TV, the movie skips about 5 to 10 minutes in 5 seconds.
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(at around 57 mins) The look of the mask changes back and forth for the scene where Charlie gets killed upstairs (the original mask was deemed unsatisfactory after principal photography was complete and some, but not all, scenes involving the mask were re-shot).
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(at around 12 mins) In one of the newspaper clippings, Michael's last name is spelled "Meyers".
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The porch light at Jimmy's house switches from on to off numerous times.
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(at around 39 mins) In the classroom on the blackboard, the spelling of W.B. Yeats' name changes from the (wrong) spelling "Yates" to the correct "Yeats."
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(at around 27 mins) As Keri/Laurie is walking down the sidewalk in town she briefly watches a group of trick or treaters walking across the street. This distraction causes her to bump into a group of trick or treaters on her side of the street. The group across the street and the group she bumps into are the same, judging by the costumes they are wearing.
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(at around 1h 16 mins) Near the end of the movie, when Laurie is driving away with Michael in the back of the coroner's van, it shows her going around the same turn in the road twice.
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(at around 41 mins) When Norma (Janet Leigh) startles Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) after the buses leave, she is as tall as Curtis (to give a proper scare) but in the next shot, from behind Laurie she is much shorter. Also, earlier in Laurie's office, Norma is clearly almost a foot shorter than Laurie/Keri.
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(at around 1h 16 mins) When Laurie/Keri is driving away in the coroner's van with Michael in the back the Coroner written on the side of the van disappears and reappears repeatedly.
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(at around 1h 13 mins) When Michael Myers crashes through the window with the knife in his chest the knife is sideways as if tucked under his jacket, when Laurie Strode/Keri Tate inspects the body in the next scene it is as it should be, vertical as if thrust into the body.
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(at around 1h 12 mins) Toward the end of the movie when Laurie stabs Michael with the flag, look closely at the mask in the next few scenes, it's a different mask.
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(at around 1h 3 mins) After Molly hits Michael in the face with the rock and runs away, Michael looks up. It is clearly a different mask.
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(at around 28 mins) The level of wine in Laurie's glass changes inconsistently during lunch. The glass also jumps back and forth from her hand to the table between shots.
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Jimmy goes into the house and it's relatively light outside! He's not in there long and comes out to pitch darkness.
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Crew or equipment visible 

(at around 1h 8 mins) When Laurie, John and Molly are running away from Michael to the car, John is pushed into the back seat, when the door is closed, a very bright stage light is reflected into the window.
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Factual errors 

(at around 7 mins) An ice skate through the face would not be a clean stab, it would shatter the skull.
The original movie has dialogue suggesting that it is Friday--in actuality, Halloween 1978 was a Tuesday. This movie also suggests that it is a Friday, but Halloween of 1998 was actually a Friday.
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Miscellaneous 

(at around 1h 25 mins) Donald Pleasence's name is misspelled at the end of the credits when it says "In Memory of Donald Pleasance".
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

(at around 1h 13 mins) Laurie drops a knife after stabbing Michael, but a moment later a knife is still in his chest. She had two knives.
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While the porch light of Nurse Marion's home is broken, the electricity is not off when Jimmy goes in; Michael cuts the electricity after Jimmy leaves.
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The police investigation at the start of the movie is never mentioned again, but it was in a different jurisdiction.
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Revealing mistakes 

(at around 1h 10 mins) When Michael hangs from the pipe at the school, Laurie's wound is visible before he stabs her.
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At approximately 28 mins in Laurie gets out of her car and looks across the road to see some kids in costume and one little girl in a clown costume just like Michael wore, the same kids and the little girl immediately run by her on her side.
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(at around 1h 16 mins) When Laurie is driving the van with "Michael" in it, notice in the long shots the road is solid pavement or concrete, a very "beaten path," however inside the van if you look outside the back window you can see the road is in excellent condition and has the yellow stripe down the middle separating the lanes.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When the Van pins Michael Myers to the fence in the long shot just after the crash the engine bursts into flame. In the close up when Laurie Strode/Keri Tate is talking to Michael before beheading him there are no flames.
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(at around 59 mins) When Sarah is riding up the elevator along with the dead Charlie his eyes are open and he is facing forward. In the next shot his eyes are closed and he is facing to Sarah's side.
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Revealing mistakes 

(at around 1h 14 mins) Near the end of the movie, when Michael has fallen down onto the table, watch as Laurie removes the knife from his body, it is very clearly plastic and not well embedded.
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(at around 1h 6 mins) Strings are barely visible holding Will (Adam Arkin) up as Michael is killing him.
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