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Dark Shadows (2012) Poster

(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.
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When Victoria first meets Carolyn, Carolyn is listening to "I'm Sick of You" by Iggy and the Stooges, which was released in 1977.
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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.
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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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Continuity 

In the opening shots of the train, the number of passenger cars changes from 4 to 5 several times.
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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.
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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 Victoria 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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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 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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The Amtrak engines are in one order in the overhead shot, then reverse themselves in the ground shot.
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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 Angelique kisses Barnabas in the study, the lipstick smudges change shape and disappear and reappear between shots.
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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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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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Factual errors 

On the Amtrak train, the poster where "Victoria Winters" takes her name is for skiing in Victoria, BC. Victoria is on Vancouver Island, and with its temperate climate and lack of mountains, is not a ski destination (unlike Whistler BC, for example, which is on the mainland, and benefits from the Rockies).
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During the fight-sex scene a phone is knocked off a table and immediately starts playing the "off-hook" tone. This actually doesn't occur until after a small passage of time.
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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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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

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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Continuity 

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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Continuity 

When Victoria 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, she is clearly shown taking inspiration for this new identity from an Amtrak poster for a skiing vacation, which reads "Victoria, BC. WINTER SPORTS".
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