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Continuity 

During the final sequence, Claire is obviously wearing dark red or pink underwear underneath her night gown. Later on, they turn white.
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The bite Claire takes out of the apple is gone when she forces Norman to take a bite out of it.
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During the sequence when Claire is in the tub supposedly unable to move, her head is higher and lower in relation to the back edge of the tub in different shots.
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When the pickup truck first crashes in the water, it stalls and the headlights go out. In the next scene, they are on again. Besides a continuity error, this implies an unusually waterproof electrical system.
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The first time the bathtub mysteriously fills, Claire rolls up her sleeve as she walks towards the tub. In the next shot, she rolls up her sleeve again.
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During the seance scene, when Claire and Jody are using the Ouija board, the hand piece stays over the "T". In the next shot it is over a different letter.
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When Claire notices the gift that her friend left on her doorstep, she has a key in her hand. In the next shot, the key is in the door.
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When Jody visits Claire and brings her the mushroom tea they are sitting on the porch facing the parked cars in the driveway. When Jody gets up and sits on her new car to show it to Claire, Claire acts surprised as if she's seen it for the first time.
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When the picture with the newspaper breaks the first time, Claire puts the glass into a bin piece by piece. There is still one piece on the picture when she puts it back on the table.
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Claire first sees the ghost when she reaches out to pull the plug from the bathtub. She screams and Norman runs in. She hugs him, and puts her hand on the back of his robe. Her hand isn't wet, and his shirt doesn't get wet.
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When Claire is drugged and in the bathtub, the water is at the bottom of the overflow valve in one shot, then below the valve in the next shot.
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Since he just got into the water, Norman's fingers should be less wrinkled during the underwater struggle.
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When Claire is walking up to open her door after getting cut outside, a napkin appears in her hand.
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When Claire sees Madison's face in the water after she throws the tennis ball in the water, the ball disappears in one shot.
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When Norman sits down on the bed and then stands up, the lining (perhaps a handkerchief) in his pocket disappears.
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Near the end, when Claire is driving the pickup to run away, the rear-view mirror can be seen when she leaves the house. During the first shot of the bridge the mirror is gone, but reappears later.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Claire walks into the bedroom for the first time, she passes a mirror. A cameraman's reflection appears for a split second.
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Errors in geography 

It seems unlikely that Norman or Claire would be able to dial 911. Only 30 of Vermont's 250 towns have 911 service. Residents in rural areas, like Norman and Claire's town, have to dial 7 or 11 digits to call for emergency services.
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Adamant, Vermont is mentioned twice. Both times it's described as being "down 7", meaning southward on US Route 7, the principal north-south artery on Vermont's western edge. Route 7 passes through the Burlington/Lake Champlain area where the movie is set. Adamant is about 40 miles east of Route 7.
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Factual errors 

When Claire's friend visits her early in the movie, she brings her a pouch of "Kombucha mushroom tea". Kombucha has been used in Europe for centuries, and gained popularity in the U.S. in the 1980s. It's black tea semi-fermented by the kibosh fungus, which floats on the top of the tea, growing thicker as it eats the tannins in the tea and the sugar that you add, producing the distinct "zingy" taste of kibosh after 2 to 4 weeks. In the movie, it's portrayed as a simple dry tea, not a disc-shaped commensal colony of bacteria and yeast. that must be kept alive.
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All of the vehicles in the movie have Vermont plates, but no visible inspection stickers. They are supposed to be in the top center of the windshield, behind the rear-view mirror.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The ghost fogs the mirrors in the bathroom, yet Claire sticks her arm in the tub and is not scalded. The fog, being ghostly, need not have been caused by hot water.
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The picture that keeps breaking is a newspaper clipping of the same celebration that Madison attended. While the clipping reports the search to be "intensifying" and Madison didn't go missing for three days, the report could have been from a weekly newspaper.
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When Claire is in the bath she turns the water tap counter-clockwise by pulling on the shower line. While that would normally open a tap, in some older plumbing it does not.
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When Claire finds the tub filled with water (both times), it is completely filled. While the overflow drain would not have normally permitted this (and while the second time, it has filled abnormally fast and quietly), it's a ghostly event, which means some of the normal laws of nature are suspended.
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When Claire is looking up missing persons and comes across Madison Elizabeth Frank, her details are to the left of the screen and her picture is to the right. When she hands the page to her husband, the picture is on the left and the info is on the right. The page may have had a "format for printing" option.
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The computer in the Spencer's house is a Macintosh, but shows Windows 95 screen shots for the close-ups. It is possible to emulate Windows on a Mac, although it's not common.
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Claire screams while she is trapped in the pickup truck; opinions differ over whether she opens her mouth.
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Claire drives away from the house in the pick-up, which we can see has the boat attached to it. One viewer claims the boat disappears as she turns a corner, but another disputes this.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

Despite having been completely submerged in the bathtub at the end, Claire's clothes are almost completely dry while she searches for a phone.
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When Norman falls in the bathroom, he opens a large gash on the right side of his forehead. Later, when the pickup plunges into the water, the bloody gash is visible during the fight scenes. In the last few shots of Norman underwater, the gash disappears.
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When Claire crawls to the stairs toward the end of the movie, an overturned lamp on the landing is lit, even though nothing is plugged into the electrical outlet.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Claire is in the bath near the end, Norman comments on how cold the water is, then turns on the hot tap. Therefore, it makes sense that this is the one Claire turns off with the shower pipe.
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