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Eight Legged Freaks (2002) Poster

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Factual errors 

The movie is published with a punctuation error in its title. "Eight Legged Freaks" means "eight freaks with legs" and is pronounced with only three syllables in total. The correct punctuation is "Eight-Legged Freaks" meaning "freaks with eight legs" with four syllables in total ("legged" with two).
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

There are several instances where the skittering/pounding does not match up with the spiders steps.
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When Chris sprays the perfume on the spider we hear him say, "Mike, you saved us!" but his mouth is not moving.
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When Sam is driving the forklift to the door, she says "This should hold them". Her mouth never moves.
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Continuity 

When the guy who drops the ladder on the trap-door spider gets to his car, the window is down all the way. A moment later, the window is rolled-up a few inches.
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Gladys' cigarette jumps from "almost out" to "freshly lit" between shots when she goes into the basement.
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When the line goes dead while Deputy Pete is on the phone with the Sheriff, he has the receiver in his left hand, but when he goes to tap on the phone base, there are clearly two hands holding on to the base. When the shot goes back to his face, he is still holding the receiver with his left hand.
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In the ostrich scene, the mayor comes out of the house with a small flashlight, but in the wide shot he's got a huge Maglite-type flashlight.
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When the people are running into the mall, Wade asks what's going on. Later, he turns and runs back in the mall. We see a shot of the entrance of the mall, the front gate is half-way closed and closing. In the next few shots the gate is completely open. Later, Chris turns a key and the gate starts closing.
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In the mall, when the sheriff is fighting the spiders by himself, he sees the big one come on the ceiling and drops his gun and runs. Later, when he is surrounded and goes under the bars, you can clearly see his gun in its holster.
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When Sam is shooting spiders just outside the mall, she drops her gun before rolling under the closing gate. When she stands back up, the gun is back in her hand.
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In the scene right before Pete arrives at Sam's house, Sam is seen loading a pump shotgun. She then hands it to Chris, but it's changed to a double barrel shotgun.
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Spiders appear on the ceiling before Joshua knocks over the spider cages.
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When the giant tarantula is attacking the silver radio van, the spider is seen attempting to roll the van over. After a few scene changes the van is pictured from above on its side. Yet in the next scene the occupants within are still standing relatively upright on the floor of the van. The following scene change then shows the van being tipped onto its side.
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In the mall, the Sheriff closes a roller grate but the spiders reach through and catch him. He operates a chainsaw to chop off the legs holding him, and in the process gets showered in the face with green spider goo. This shown in close up, but in the following scenes, his face is clean and dry.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Chris is hugging Aunt Gladys, a hand is visible pulling on the dog that is supposed to be biting his leg.
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When the old barber man is in the store with the pitchfork, the tent starts moving behind him. If you look closely, you can see hands grabbing the tent and pushing it.
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In the beginning where Chris meets Aunt Gladys in the office there is a dog biting at his pants. During the shot between his legs, the arm of the animal wrangler can clearly be seen pulling the dog forward by the collar.
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Factual errors 

Chris and Mike realize the presence of methane in the mine because of the smell. "Domestic" methane gas has a smell added but naturally occurring methane has no odor.
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Miscellaneous 

When they are in the mall and the spiders are just about to break in, the woman goes "Get ready." And she looks behind her and tells everyone to get ready. When she does that, you can see the green garage door to protect them from the spiders already torn apart for the scene when all the spiders start coming in.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The driver of the truck taking the hazardous waste to the mine listens to the radio show on an AM station. Later in the deputy's car, they listen to the same broadcast on an FM station. However, it's possible that Harlan was broadcasting at both modulations.
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Revealing mistakes 

Both of the times that Mike's face is shown through his digital camera, the device is obviously in playback mode rather than in record mode.
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When the tanker truck is jackknifing, a dolly is visible under the rear end of the tanker.
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When Sam is in Mike's room and notices the film on the TV, he is watching Them! However, the television shows scenes from the movie taken out of their chronological order and spanning the entire length of the feature film.
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