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Character error 

When Roy informs Jess that the doctor said her wounds looked self-inflicted, he refers to the doctor as a "he". The doctor which said that was a woman.
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Continuity 

When Ben points out the window, as his mom questions him, the curtain changes from closed/open/closed.
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When Jess is attacked in the basement, she's wearing work boots and when she runs out on the porch and goes back inside and slides down to the floor she's wearing sneakers.
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After Jess encounters the girl in the basement and runs outside, she comes back inside and slides down the door. The doorknob is clearly missing from the door.
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When Jess and her Dad go into town to get sunflower seeds for planting, they pull in to the feed store and there is mud "sprayed" evenly on the sides of the vehicle, toward the bottom third. Mud usually patterns around the wheel wells and totally up the back side of the vehicle in this rural environment, not evenly distributed. When they arrive back at the house the vehicle has no mud splatters on it.
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When Jess and her Dad arrive at the feed store the vehicles shows a trailer hitch with ball firmly attached (for towing trailers). When they arrive back at home the vehicle has no trailer hitch ball.
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The first time Jess goes to the feed store, the first time we see the bulletin board there is no blood drive notice on it, after she goes to look at it, the blood drive notice has appeared.
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The teddy bear on Jess' bed changes positions between shots.
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When Denise is scrubbing the stain on the wall, the amount she has scrubbed, and the soapy water on the wall, is inconsistent between shots.
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When Ben is standing at the cellar door, in one shot the fingermarks in the floorboards are gone.
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When Ben is sitting at his table eating, the mom is washing dishes. In the first shot of her washing the plate the water is dark brown like coffee. Ben gets up and walks off and when it goes back to her washing dishes the water is clear.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the scene where Roy is removing the sunflower seed bags from the back of the Jeep, you can see the crows on the hatchback of the vehicle with chords tied to their legs.
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Errors in geography 

The basement door changes locations several times within the film, most significantly appearing at the end of a hallway during a haunting scene and along a hallway wall in all others.
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The ambulance that takes Jess to the hospital has "Balcarres EMS Prairie Ambulance" on the side of it. Balcarres is in Saskatchewan, Canada, the filming location, about 150 miles away from North Dakota, where the story is set.
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Factual errors 

In the film they are harvesting sunflowers when they are full bloom. Sunflowers can only be harvested in the winter when they are fully black
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It takes at least 4 months to plant, cultivate and harvest sunflowers, yet Ben never ages throughout the movie.
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Sunflowers are harvested after they have gone dry and hang heads down, like mentioned. However, they are harvested with regular combines that are used to harvest wheat, rye, or corn, and not a windrower that is used for putting up hay.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Roy dashes to the hall to run upstairs, he braces himself on the wall before beginning his climb. The wall obviously moves when he hits it.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

The stair railing leading upstairs is different after the haunting scene that destroys most of the house then changes back to the original railing again in a later scene.
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Continuity 

After Denise runs into the cellar to escape John she locks the door behind her, but when Jess runs from John into the cellar the door is unlocked again.
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Plot holes 

The people in the small town, where news travels fast, believe that the Rollins "just up and left", however surely they would have noticed that John Rollins was still in town? Despite going under the name John Burwell and growing a ponytail, he is still clearly the same person; as we see when Jess recognizes him from a photo.
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Plot holes 

As messengers of the dead, if the crows knew what he did, why would they not attack Burwell every time he was outside without his gun?
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