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(2002)

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In one scene, there is a shot of a small clock ticking, but the hand is moving in a smooth motion. The make and model of the small clock does not tick, it is perfectly silent.
On the ferry, when the people gather at the stern to see the horse that fell overboard, a little girl next to Rachel screams, but the sound of the scream continues even after the girl stops and breaths in.

Character error 

When Rachel is looking through the newspapers for what time all of the teens died, she sees a time of 10:00 p.m. in one of the papers. According to Associated Press style, it should have read 10 p.m.

Continuity 

At the funeral, when Aidan is in Katie's room, the closet door opens and shuts repeatedly between shots
When Aidan is drawing in the car with Noah, his clipboard changes color from blue to green.
Near the end of the first scene between Noah and Rachel, Noah begins to eat an apple. He is clearly chewing while she is speaking but, without appearing to swallow, has an apple-free mouth when he replies. While Rachel speaks, he is once again chewing, without apparently having taken another bite.
When Noah is at the supermarket buying cigarettes, he pulls out of his pocket a bunch of junk such as coins, trash, and an old pack of cigarettes and dumps it on the counter. In the next shot of the counter, all the junk is gone except for a coin, and the old pack of cigarettes.
When Anna is coming up behind Samara just before putting the trash bag over her head, we see both hands at the same time and there is no trash bag in sight
On the ferry the horse runs - and then falls over - along the center line of the ferry, but as we see the horse fall into the water this happens on the left side of the ferry.
In the shot of the horse falling off the ferry, the ferry's name "Quinault Seattle WA" is seen on on the vessel's side. Rachel looks down at the horse in the water from the same place it jumped but the appearance of the ferry's name is now different, namely the position of the two words "Seattle" and "Quinault" are now flush with each other when they were not before.
After breaking into the records room, Noah is looking at Samara's pictures or photo negatives, holding them up to the light. The shot of him shows his fingers covering some of the first picture, but the next shot from his point of view the whole picture is visible and his fingers cannot be seen.
The way Aidan's tie is tied during the wake, changes between shots (the stripes move around at the knot).
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When the horse rips loose on the ferry, it rips the rope from the wall without breaking the rope. In several subsequent shots, the rope is torn apart.
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Mr Morgan tells Rachel to leave his house, he opens the door and you can see that the day is very sunny, when he closes the door, it's full of fog and very cloudy.
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When Rachel is researching Anna Morgan and Moesko Island in the newspaper archives, she is unconsciously scribbling on a picture of Anna. Between shots, the scribble changes shape from fanning outward to completely vertical.
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After Noah watches the video and the phone rings the position of the wire underneath the phone changes in different shots even though nobody touches it.
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When Noah is done watching the video, Rachel's phone rings with a rather long pause between rings. But when the phone rings for Aiden, there is a much shorter pause between rings.
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Noah axes a hole in the floor of the cabin directly above the well. However, the shots looking upwards from the bottom of the well show that the wooden panels are intact.
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When Noah is walking towards to the TV when Samara is coming out of the well, he is barefoot. When he falls backward into the shelves after Samara comes out of the TV, he is wearing flip flops.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Noah breaks into the mental institution's record room and is looking through Anna's files, there is an arm with a blue sleeve to his right, even though he is alone.
After watching the Samara medical video in the Morgan home, Rachel chases Richard Morgan to the stairs and the lighthouse illuminates a crew member's shadow on the wall. Richard is visible at the top of the stairs.
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Factual errors 

When Rachel is holding the tape at sunset just before watching it, the shadows and red light move across her and the room downward; however shadows cast by a setting sun would move upward not downward.
The counter numbers are messed up on both the original tape and the copy. This is not possible with a VHS tape - no such time code is recorded on the control track like Noah, who is a video expert, says. Additionally, Noah says that the control track can be used to tell what made the recording, also not true. The control track actually just tells the VCR how fast the tape should play and when to advance one second. There should be nothing wrong with this track - otherwise the tape wouldn't play and the VCR would just keep searching for the track and eventually eject the tape automatically.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

As Rachel is driving to try to warn Noah, she has her cell phone in her right hand. In the next shot, she has both hands on the wheel. She actually drops the phone to take better control of the wheel to avoid traffic.

Revealing mistakes 

When Rachel is searching the Internet for information, the address in the browser points to a file stored on the desktop of a Windows 98 machine. C:\WIN98\Desktop\....etc...
In the group photo of Anna Morgan with the old women, the shadows on her face reveal that her image has been artificially added to the picture.
When Rachel picks up Katie's photos a monorail is seen above heading in the south direction, moments later another monorail passes going in the same direction on exactly the same track. This would not be possible as the first car would've had to return to the stop on the other end in Seattle Center, unload and reload passengers, before being able to make another trip south.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Noah and Rachel uncover the well, they drop a rock to see how deep it is, and we hear it drop on dry concrete. When Rachel falls into the well, she falls into water, not on concrete.

Continuity 

The level of the water in the well is not continuous. When Rachel is standing in the water it only comes slightly above her waist but if she were to fall from the height she did and the water was that shallow, she would have hit the bottom.

Continuity 

When Richard Morgan dies by electrocution in the bath, at first it shows blood, and then when you return to him dying, there is no blood in the bath.

Continuity 

When Noah chops a hole in the floor with the axe, he removes a circle of wood approximately 4 feet in diameter. In the next shot, shot from below the floor looking up, the whole is easily over 15 feet wide.
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Continuity 

When Rachel falls into the well, the torch light reaches the end of the well, meanwhile earlier on Noah says that they don't know how deep it is, as the light won't reach the bottom, and when they throw a rock into the well, it takes far too long to reach the bottom for how far Rachel falls into the water.

Continuity 

When Rachel lifts Samara's body out of the water, her hand is covered by Samara's hair. In the next shot, there are only a few strands of hair over her hand.

Factual errors 

The death of Katie and all of her friends is listed as 10 p.m. However, 10 p.m. is the time it says on the clock when Katie's mother rings the house to check on the girls. Given the amount of time to takes Katie and her friend to go downstairs, answer the phone, Katie to talk to her mum, pour herself a drink from the fridge, discover the television that's turned itself on, turn it back off, go back into the kitchen, and then head back upstairs when she suspects that something's wrong, it definitely wouldn't have been ten o'clock anymore by the time she finally died.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Rachel makes a copy of the tape, the images on the screen appear in a different sequence than when she originally watched it. The original sequence shows a chair sitting on the floor and then a ladder leaning against the wall. Later in the film, the chair is shown spinning upside down, and the ladder falls away from the wall. When Rachel records it, however, the chair is shown spinning in the air, and then the ladder is leaning steadily against the wall. With the supernatural involved, this is allowable.

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