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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) Poster

Goofs

Anachronisms 

Several times during the movie, the second floor balcony of the White House is shown. The balcony however was not added to the house until the Harry S. Truman renovation circa 1950.
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Little Willie is shown playing with toys in January or February of 1862. His toy fort is flying the Thomas Jefferson Flag - 15 stripes and 15 stars - which was never used after 1818. It is very unlikely that he has a 44-year-old toy or that his father President Lincoln wouldn't make sure he'd have the right flag.
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In a scene showing the US Capitol Building, there is recessed electrical lighting on the overhang of the building.
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At several times throughout the movie, Abraham is seen in closeups wearing contact lenses.
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At the ball where Abraham dances with Mary, the music playing is Estudiantina waltz, or Band of Students Waltz. The Estudiantina waltz, or Band of Students Waltz is a musical arrangement, made in 1883, by Emil Waldteufel, which would be his Opus 191, No. 4. Its melody was composed earlier in 1881 by Paul Lacome, with lyrics by J. de Lau Lusignan.
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Abraham expresses to Henry an interest in becoming a vampire hunter when he's about 20, i.e. around 1829. Henry shows Abe a magic lantern slide show including several photographic portraits in Daguerreotype style which was not around until about 1838, the date of the first known portrait photographs. In 1829, only the most primitive, experimental, still photographs requiring extremely long exposure times were possible.
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Lincoln is shown in his White House office, which is depicted as oval shaped. The Oval Office we know today as the president's office is in the West Wing, which is not part of the White House proper, and was not constructed until the 20th century. William Howard Taft was the first president to use it in 1909). Although there were two oval rooms in the White House proper, neither was used as the presidential office by Abraham Lincoln. In the 19th century, many presidents including Lincoln used as their office the room now known as the Lincoln Bedroom on the second floor of the White House. The room is rectangular, not oval.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Soon after Lincoln laments how through twists of fate he found himself at 50 years of age the father of a nation that was tearing itself apart while trying to be a father to a boy not much older than he was when he lost his mother, he is told that "3000 more [are] dead". The audio for that phrase does not match the visual.
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Character error 

Lincoln writes to Henry Sturgess, "Life in Springfield is less than desirous." The word "desirous" means "having desire", not "desirable".
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Continuity 

When Abraham is thrown on the ground during his first vampire fight, he receives numerous scratches on his chest, his clothes are torn in pieces and covered in his own blood. When he wakes up in the bed there is not even a single wound or mark on his chest.
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When President Lincoln calls his son Willie over for a kiss, Will Johnson calls Willie over for a kiss and after Willie leaves the office Will's glasses are on his face, then disappear and reappear.
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When the young slave gets whipped by the slave owner in the beginning of the movie, the location of the scar below his left eye changes between scenes.
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When Henry is teaching Lincoln to chop harder, Abe's first few chop marks disappear in following shots.
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During the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln's hat and gloves disappear and reappear between shots.
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Shortly after Adam takes the pocket watch from Bart's hand , he slams the coffin lid down before walking away, moments later , when the coffin is in shot again, the lid is in a different position.
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Errors in geography 

When Lincoln is on the boat coming into New Orleans, St. Louis Cathedral is on the upper right side of the river, that part of the Mississippi River is the only section that flows north. Meaning, instead of coming down the river from St. Louis the cathedral should be on the left, they were coming up the river from the Gulf of Mexico.
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Factual errors 

On the train Will Johnson is seen loading a cap and ball style revolver by inserting a ball into the rear of the cylinder. The cylinder would actually have been loaded from the front, each chamber like a small musket, with powder first and then a ball.
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Lincoln's stove pipe hat supports the full weight of Mary Todd. Any hat of this sort would easily collapse under the slightest weight of anyone's foot.
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Speed is killed by Adam during the final train battle. In real life Joshua Speed outlived Abraham Lincoln until 1882. In addition, William Johnson actually died before the final battle was supposed to take place.
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Lincoln recalls his father dying in 1827, but in fact Thomas Lincoln lived until 1851.
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In "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," Lincoln is seen slaying vampires. There is no historical evidence that Lincoln ever slew a vampire, let alone the many depicted in the film.
During the first battle scene set at Gettysburg, Captain Slash runs his Union unit through the process for the whole unit to fire a volley at the charging Confederates, but when he actually issues the command to fire, the men fire at will, or individually, instead of firing together at once.
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It appears that all of the artillery pieces shown in the film's American Civil War scenes are howitzers, which were actually quite rare on the battlefield; these should have been more conventional cannon, with longer and thicker barrels.
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The film's American Civil War sequence leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg creates the impression that the Union was very successful before Gettysburg, and was close to total victory. However, in mid-1863, the Civil War was very clearly undecided, and it was, in fact, the Confederates who had secured more notable victories, and it was they who had the upper hand in the lead-up to the Battle of Gettysburg; indeed, the battle was the culmination of their second invasion of the North, and was the high-point of Confederate confidence and capability in the Civil War.
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Mary Todd Lincoln grabs and uses a Spencer 1860 repeating carbine at Gettysburg; however, Spencer carbines were not present at the Battle of Gettysburg. Union Brigadier General George A. Custer's Michigan cavalry unit did use full-length Spencer *rifles* in the battle, but there were no carbine-length variants, like the one used by Mary Todd Lincoln, in service at the time.
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Abraham Lincoln's big sister Sarah, and his stepmother who was another Sarah, do not appear at all in the film. They should have been prominent in scenes of young Abraham's life. The stepmother even outlived Lincoln, dying in 1869.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Abraham is saying goodbye to Sturges before proposing to Mary. There is a pair of black socks hanging to dry on a rope, later in closer shot, one of them seems like a boom mic but it's still the sock.
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Plot holes 

When Abe gets his vampire hunting axe, it's treated/laced with silver along the edge of the blade. The problem with doing this, is that the "treatment" would eventually wear off. And the more he used it, the faster it would get closer to losing said treatment. Thus, eventually becoming useless against vampires.

What should have been done, is to create a whole new axe blade and mix in a small amount of silver. Though silver is a soft metal, even a trace amount within the metal itself would last much longer than simply pouring it along the edge.
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Revealing mistakes 

Just after meeting Mary Todd while working in a small store, Abe receives a letter. While the narrator reads the letter aloud - "Your prescription awaits you at the local pharmacy. Ask for Aaron Stibble." - the actual letter says nothing of the sort.
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After the battle on the horses and the roll down the hill, Abe loses the ax that is picked up and swung by Barts. The ax then hits a log next to Abe's head and it is clearly seen that it bounces against the log.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Lincoln finds his pocket watch on the floor of Willie's playroom, we cut to a close-up of Lincoln opening the watch to read the inscription. Cut to Lincoln, the watch is still closed.
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Shortly after Adam takes the pocket watch from Barts' hand, he slams the coffin lid down before walking away. Moments later, when the coffin is in shot again, the lid is in a different position.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

During the Plantation scene, there are multiple close up shots of Abraham and Speed watching the dancers from the outside, through windows. Clearly the reflections of both the slaves and the vampires can be seen in the glass. However, when Henry was explaining to Abraham Lincoln that vampires had a weakness to silver and could be killed by silver weapons, he also explicitly said they don't show reflections in *mirrors* and it can be assumed that it's because of the silver is used in mirrors to be reflective. They can show a reflection in reflective materials that aren't silver.
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Plot holes 

A newspaper headline reads, "Six headless bodies found in Springfield". It is unclear how they were ever found since Abe was shown burying each of the six vampire bodies in remote unmarked locations.
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