We thought it would be easy. Come up with a few cock-ups from famous films and put them together with a few video clips. But after a bit of digging about, what we found was far more unsightly. Indeed, it seems that under the flesh wounds lie an army of festering maggots.
There's never just one mistake, but tonnes of them. Good movies too. Mind you, the reason no-one finds continuity errors in crap films like Daddy Day Care is because no one would be prepared to watch the film over and over again. You would want to scratch your eyes out. Maybe it could replace the death penalty.
Seriously, how have we not noticed these before? Are we blind? Or do we just not spend hours analysing them? Well, thankfully, there are people who do spend hours going through these films and spotting errors. They come in all kind of forms, from continuity blunders to factual mistakes. It makes you wonder what the people who are supposed to make sure these things don't happen were doing. Having a dump? Of course, it doesn't really matter, and it's just a bit of fun. It could be a lot worse. Some movies are just mistakes from the start.
Now, we didn't make the videos, or find the mistakes, we are just presenting them in a handy, bite-sized form. It's proof, if ever you needed, that some people really do have too much time on their hands. Enjoy!
13. Terminator 2
James Cameron's superb blockbuster had a huge budget, great special effects, but a lousy continuity person. The famous mistake is the bit where the T-1000 punches his body through the window of the helicopter to get inside, only for it to be intact seconds later. But here are a few more.
12. Rocky Horror Picture Show
There are mistakes and there are mistakes. This is more of an oversight. Anyway, the story's narrator describes the scene as taking place in late November, while Brad and Janet are listening to Nixon's resignation speech on the car's radio. The former president actually resigned in August. There must be a logical explanation.
Now, we don't want to get all picky, but when Jack tells Rose he went ice fishing in Lake Wissota, maybe someone should tell him it's a man-made lake in Wisconsin that was only filled with water in 1918 – six years after the Titanic sunk. Of course, there are loads more errors in this film, but even now we have lost the will to live.
Another example of great film, but someone really should have fired the continuity person. Who did they hire, for God's sake, Stevie Wonder? Take it away, Jose.
9. Stand by Me
Leeches which appear and then disappear, sounds like a great idea for a horror film.
8. Jurassic Park
All we can say is someone has a lot of time on their hands. Unfortunately, it wasn't Steven Spielberg. Indeed, there are so many mistakes this video is only one half of it.
7. Ben Hur
You could probably write a novel purely on the errors in the chariot race scene alone. But as we can't be bothered to go through all of them, here is a taster. For starters, there are nine chariots at the start, six get thrown out, but four finish. Now, we were never any good at maths, but that's wrong. There are also several other continuity errors, such as a bad guy's chariot losing and gaining a wheel and the spectators moving seats.
6. Wizard of Oz
Apparently, mud doesn't stick in Kansas. Or, at least, it doesn't on Dorothy's dress at the beginning of the film when she falls in a pig pin, but still manages to stay clean.
Now are you trying to tell us you never knew gas cylinders were around during the Roman Empire?
4. Charlie's Angels
Note to actors: remember, you are pretending to be another person. If only Drew Barrymore had remembered that when they were fighting that 'creepy, thin man' and decided to shout 'Lucy' to Lucy Liu's character Alex.
3. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Did you know they have cars on Middle Earth? Don't remember that in the book, to be honest. Mind you, it was so long, we never quite finished it. Maybe there was an auto supplement at the back. Anyway, as you can probably guess, there is a bit where you can see a car. So feel free to go through the trilogy to find it. It'll probably take you about 19 days – and that's just the end.
OK, we'll tell you. It's in the scene in the Fellowship of the Ring where Sam and Frodo are in the field with a scarecrow. It's moving from right to left. Now, you might have missed it (we did), thinking it was a chimney, but they don't move (unless Gandalf has got anything to do with it). However, don't go out and dust off your DVD to take a look – because it's been deleted. Now, the post-production team admit they took it out (doing a really bad job of it in the process), but Peter Jackson bizarrely refuses to accept it ever existed. If you want to have a look at it, get the National Geographic documentary Beyond the Movie – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring or the music documentary on the extended DVD.
2. Harry Potter
If only they could wave a magic wand and eliminate all the mistakes from the series. And this is only the first instalment.
1. Star Wars IV – A New Hope
Look, we all know about the stormtrooper who hits his head. However, we must confess, only after someone told us. But did you know about the disappearing/ appearing stormtroopers or droids?