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(2012)

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Anachronisms 

Barnabas attacks a television during a live performance of The Carpenters singing "Top of the World." The song was originally released in 1972, on the album "A Song For You," but it wasn't released as a single or performed before a television audience until 1973.
The train Victoria rides during the opening credits is the Amtrak "Downeaster", which started service in the early 2000s. The cars and engines are from the 1990s, with the post-2000 Amtrak logo. When Amtrak was formed in 1971, the trains had rusty, hand-me-down streamlined passenger locomotives and cars that were near the end of their lives.
When Victoria first meets Carolyn, Carolyn is listening to "I'm Sick of You" by Iggy Pop and The Stooges, which was released in 1977.
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The architectural style, detailing and furnishing (e.g. a piano) of Collinswood - which Barnabas and Angelique recognize from c. 1776 - are wildly out of character for that period, and characteristic of the mid- to late-19th century, rather than the 18th.
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Barry White's "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" was not released until 1974.
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While talking with Carolyn, Barnabas recites the lyrics to "The Joker" by the Steve Miller Band, which was recorded in 1973.
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The song "Crocodile Rock" is heard. The year is 1972, possibly fall. Yet this song wasn't released in the United States until November of 1972, making it unlikely it would be in a jukebox in a backwater town like the one presented.
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The film is set in 1972, but Barnabas recites lyrics from Steve Miller's "The Joker," which wasn't released until 1973.
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Continuity 

In the opening shots of the train, the number of passenger cars changes from 4 to 5 several times.
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The Amtrak engines are in one order in the overhead shot, then reverse themselves in the ground shot.
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When Angelique kisses Barnabas in the study, the lipstick smudges change shape and disappear and reappear between shots.
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When the police and townspeople rush to the Collins mansion, the crowd arrives seconds behind the police cars, even though they were all on foot.
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When Angelique visits Barnabas at his home for the first time after his return, they move to the drawing room. Angelique reclines on the sofa, and the inside lining of her right boot is visible. In the next shot, the lining has been reinserted into the boot, but it appears and disappears continuously in various shots where the top of her boot is visible.
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When Barnabas and Angelique are in the drawing room, Angelique's lipstick disappears and reappears on Barnabas' chin.
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Errors in geography 

On the Amtrak train, the poster where "Victoria Winters" takes her name is for skiing in Victoria, British Columbia. Victoria is on Vancouver Island at the southern tip of BC. With its temperate climate and lack of mountains, it is not a ski destination (unlike Whistler BC, for example, which is on the mainland, and benefits from the Rockies).

Factual errors 

In 1776, the American Revolution was in full swing. At the same time Maine was the name of a cultural region, which was legally part of Massachusetts rather than a separate colony/state in its own right (and remained so until 1820). It's odd that neither of these facts came up at any point during the 1776 part of the story. Surely they would have merited at least one line apiece at some point.
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Plot holes 

When Maggie Evans arrives at Collinswood, her first conversation with Willie indicates that she has applied for the governess job under the name Victoria Winters. An earlier scene shows that she didn't invent the name until earlier that same day, on the train en route to Maine.
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Revealing mistakes 

The opening scene takes place in October in Maine, yet the forest is full of ferns and the trees are in full bloom, with no dead leaves or fall colors visible.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

During the fight-sex scene a phone is knocked off a table and immediately starts playing the "off-hook" tone. This wouldn't occur until after a small passage of time.
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In the final scene Victoria claims the identity of "Josette" but her lips appear to be mouthing "Josephine".
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Continuity 

When Angelique goes to look at the site where the Vampire has killed the workmen, she is wearing long black pants. In the Collinwood driveway, she is wearing black tights and high heel shoes. When she enters the house, she is wearing long black boots.
When Barnabas is on fire, he is doused with water, and the inside of the bucket appears dry.
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Towards the end, when Angelique and Barnabas are in her office, the door opens, and Barnabas is chained into a coffin. The lid is separate. Later, when Angelique opens and closes the coffin, the lid is on hinges.
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When the townspeople bury Barnabas in 1776, a man with very distinctive long, blonde hair with some dark patches is on Angie's left. Barnabas was buried for 196 years. The same man appears in a 1972 scene showing the restoration of Collinwood. He appears at the start of the scene, as a workman in gray overalls, walking from left to right behind the car Willie is polishing.
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When Willie flees the mob in his car, the hood and windshield are covered in fish and other debris from the cannery explosion. When he arrives at Collinwood, the car is spotless.
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When the Collins family watches the mansion burn at the end, two cars are in front of it. They disappear in the next shot.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Elizabeth Collins looks out from the mansion and sees the new cannery on fire, it's twice as far away and twice as much downhill as its reflection in the window.
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In the final battle with Barnabas, Angelique's cracked porcelain skin is revealed as a thin fabric in skin color with marked-up dark spots.
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When the townsfolk and the police cars have rushed to the Collins' mansion and Barnabas start to fight the witch, the background scene is a photograph of the townsfolk being held back by police. Similarly, before that, as the townsfolk are chasing Willie (in his car) away from the burning cannery, three firemen are frozen in the background, down a side street - evidently a picture again.
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In the final scene after Victoria falls, Barnabas has bitten her to make her immortal and the blood leaked out of his mouth. When Victoria kissed him after that and put her hands on his face, the blood has not been wiped and is still sticky to Barnabas' skin, proving that it was make-up.
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