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The Strangers (2008) Poster

(2008)

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Continuity 

Blood appears and disappears on James' shirt throughout the movie.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Kristen puts a record on, she places the needle at the beginning, and we hear Joanna Newsom's "The Sprout And The Bean." That isn't the first song on either side of any of her vinyl albums.
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Kristen's scream continues after her mouth closes.
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When Kristen is walking towards the back door to investigate the sounds in the backyard, her breathing doesn't match the movement of her shoulders.
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In the unrated version, when Kristen is crawling on the floor, the sound of her hand thumping on the floor doesn't match the screen.
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Continuity 

James wraps his necktie around Kristen's injured hand. In the next scene, he is wearing the tie. In the scene after that, he is not wearing the tie.
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When crawling out of the ditch, Kristen's hand changes from being wrapped to unwrapped between cuts.
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When Kristen falls and hurts her ankle in the leaves, she starts to climb and crawl. The black tie covering her wound is not on her hand. In the next shot, the tie is back on her hand.
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When James calls Mike at the beginning of the movie, it rings to voice mail and he leaves a message. Near the end, Mike's phone keeps ringing and ringing indicating the voice mail isn't picking up.
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When Kristen is trying to turn off the smoke detector, the button is facing towards the door to the house, but when the camera switches to her, then to the smoke detector again, the button is facing the opposite direction.
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In the first scene, the engagement ring box is black. When the couple is together at the table, the box is blue.
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After James eats his ice cream and Kristen comes to the table, cigarette smoke emerges from the bottom of the screen. When the camera cuts to James, then back to Kristen, the smoke disappears.
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The ice cream on the table changes from Vanilla to Strawberry.
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Kristen cuts her hand on a lamp, drawing blood. Later in the film, her hand shows no sign of damage.
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The amount of ice cream in the carton changes throughout the movie.
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James throws a bottle of champagne in the front yard. In the next scene, it is back on the dining room table.
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The 2 candles on the table are far apart, then much closer together. In the next shot, there are 4 candles.
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When Pin-Up Girl smashes her truck into the couple's car, the window shrinks, and turns into a heart-shaped crack between shots.
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The record player rotates to the right, then to the left.
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After Kristen injures her ankle, she limps in the house, then walks perfectly. Immediately after, she limps again.
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When James sneaks out of the house with his shotgun to investigate leaving Kristen at home by herself, we see that the time on the clock in the house is 5:05 am. Moments later after James is struck in the woods by one of the strangers, we return to Kristen in the house and the time on the clock is now 4:30 am.
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When Kristen hides in the closet, she looks upward towards the masked villain. The slats in the door are facing downward, so she wouldn't be able to see him.
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Kristen goes to the shed to call for help on the short wave radio. She crouches under the table, placing the handset upright on the floor. In the next 2 shots, the handset is seen lying down. In the shot after that, just before she picks it up, the handset is upright.
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The Man in the Mask's normal mask has two stitches running along near his eyes, but when Kristen is facing Dollface, MITM throws James on the floor and we see no stitches on his mask.
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When Kristen is hiding in the pantry, one shot shows her right up next to the door, looking through the slats, her back to the wall. Immediately after in the following shot, she is shown, having not moved, pushed into the cubbyhole at the rear of the pantry with her back against the food items. She is then shown again from the first view, away from the cubbyhole at the back, and back up next to the slats at the door.
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Factual errors 

The young proselytizers, identified in the end credits as Mormon missionaries, are clearly not Mormons. Mormon missionaries are at least 19, and wear name tags. They do not approach potential converts as potential sinners. No Mormon pamphlet is called "Christian Living."
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Kristen trips over some chairs, but in a later scene they are up again. The strangers move objects around to confuse victims, so the chairs may have been intentional.
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One of the strangers startles Kristen at the back window. Kristen turns around and bumps into one of the dining table chairs, slamming the record player and scratching the album, which continuously skips over the same phrase. In previous shots, the record player was clear across the room from the dining table. However, the strangers move objects around to confuse their victims. The record player could have been moved intentionally.
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Mike is supposed to be drunk, but shows no signs of being drunk at all. However, hours may have passed since the reception, meaning that Mike may have had time to take a quick nap or the alcohol has worn off. Also, the surprise of the object hitting his window could've sobered him up a bit.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

After James shoots his friend and sees "Killer" written across the glass, he speaks to Kristen a few times before he leaves. His voice says one thing, but his lips say something else.
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Character error 

At the end, after the boys hand over the leaflet, we see the car start up and the boys begin to walk away. On close inspection, the boy on the right clearly looks for a cue from someone behind the camera, and smiles.
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Continuity 

When Dollface takes off her mask, she is wearing a jacket. The camera goes elsewhere, then goes back to Dollface, without a jacket on.
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Continuity 

The amount of blood on Kristen's dress decreases between being stabbed and lying on the floor.
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Continuity 

When the Man in the Mask knocks Kristen out and drags her through the hallway, she is wearing the plaid shirt and jeans she changed into earlier in the movie. In the next scene, she's tied up in her jeans and boots (probably shirt too but its not visible). Then one of the strangers opens a window shade and when the camera goes back she and James are tied to the dining room chairs, and she is wearing the nightgown she wore in the very beginning of the movie. Only several seconds have passed between her tied up in her jeans and her tied up in her gown.
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Continuity 

Toward the end of the film Mike's cell phone, which is next to his head, rings, but in the previous scene he dropped the cell phone when he heard a shot and when he came out of the car there was nothing in his hands. Also, when James realizes that he killed Mike, the cell phone is not on the floor.
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Continuity 

In multiple shots near the end of the film, namely when Kristen attempts to run out the front door but her path is blocked by Pin-Up Girl, the piano is visible. However, both at the beginning of the film, and the end after the attackers have left, the piano is no longer blocking the door.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Kristen is dragged by Mike's dead body some time after he was killed. You can clearly see his index finger twitch. However, a body can twitch after death. Though the heart is not beating, the central nervous system still sends impulses up and down the body, causing limbs or the head to twitch.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The front door was blasted by a shotgun and hacked apart with an ax. When the boys come to the house and find the bodies, the main part of the door is intact. However, if you look towards the top, you can see where the axe and shotgun damage is clearly visible.
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