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Characters use odd phrasing often, for example, "sleptwalked", "something's funny going on", "have you ever dove", and of course "whomever might complain". Teague also refers to the large amount of "software" in the Freelings' living room, but almost certainly means the hardware of the video equipment.
(at around 1h 2 mins) When the paranormal investigator takes his face apart in the bathroom, the reflection in the bathroom mirror changes three times: 1. The walls in the reflection are pegboard, and a bottle of "Fantastik" cleaner hangs near the mirror. 2. After a cut to an overhead light and back, the walls are no longer pegboard, the bottle has disappeared, and a cleaning brush has appeared on the wall. 3. After a cut to the sink and back, the bottle is back, but is of a different type, and a black cloth is hanging over the brush.
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Errors in geography
(at around 1h 30 mins) Diane tells Dana that they will be staying at the Holiday Inn on I-74, and it is implied that this is a local motel. Interstate Highway 74 does not run through California. It runs through Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. There are also some disconnected sections in North Carolina.
(at around 6 mins) In the opening shot immediately following the credit of "Directed by Tobe Hooper": Jeff Shaw on the bicycle pulls out of his drive-way (at the end of a cul-de-sac) on a bicycle with a crate of beer under his arm, and he turns left. Opposite the cul-de-sac is a yellow van parked in its driveway. However after he turns left, there is no yellow van and the texture of the lawns are completely different. It is a different street.
(at around 46 mins) While attempting to photograph the flashing lights, Marty (Martin Casella) the paranormal investigator, takes two shots with the camera making two obvious auto-film advance sounds, this despite not having any film motor drive attached to the camera body.
Incorrectly regarded as goofs
Many viewers have pointed out that only one of the houses in the neighborhood is affected by ghosts even though the whole neighborhood and many other houses were built on the same ground. However, there are two sections of the movie that explain this discrepancy: one in which Steven tells a prospective buyer that his family was one of the first to move into their neighborhood, and another in which Steven's boss mentions that Carol Anne was born in the house. The novelization makes the connection more explicit: because Carol Anne was born in the burial ground, the spirits gravitated toward the Freeling household, attracted by her life force.