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House of Wax (2005) Poster

(2005)

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Carly is on the phone trying to reach Paige and her boyfriend, Bo hits the window once without it breaking, then hits it again so it breaks. Later, when Blake is checking the voicemail, you hear the window break the first time it's hit.
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Boom mic visible 

The shadow of the boom mic is visible briefly in the top right-hand corner as Wade enters Dr. Sinclair's office.
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Continuity 

Carly's height changes throughout the film. This is explained in the extras; because Jared Padalecki is so tall, Elisha Cuthbert wore wooden shoes in the scenes where her feet weren't shown. In some scenes, she is up to Wade's shoulder. In others, she is up to his chest.
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When Nick gives Carly his shirt, it's massive on her and you can see the side of her bra, later on when you see her, the shirt fits fine.
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In the opening diner scene, Carly's cup jumps from her hand to the far side of the table in between shots.
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When Bo is talking to Carly through the truck window he is carrying a container of things, and at one point he throws all of the things on the ground. You can clearly see all of the items strewn across the ground. In the next wide shot, though, all of the items are missing and are never shown again.
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When Lester goes around the truck to open the door, Carly and Wade are looking to the left and down, trying to open the seat belt. In the very next shot, they are looking at the door on their right.
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When Bo picks up the glue to silence Carly, her hair is on her face in front of her eyes and she is looking up. In the next shot, her hair is off her face and she is looking forward.
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When Carly and Wade are looking around in the House of Wax for the first time, Carly dusts off a section of a mirror. Between shots the mirror goes from having only that small section wiped off to having the whole surface wiped free of dust.
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Carly turns around to look out the window when the housemaid wax figure in the kitchen startles her. The figure's back is to the window when Carly accidentally tips it over and smashes it. About a minute, earlier when Carly first stepped into the kitchen, the figure was facing the wall to the left of the window.
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Wade's Florida license plate has "Dade" as the county, which is in South Florida. But Nick had referred to Wade's home location as Gainesville, Florida.
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When Carly and Wade first decide to go in to the church to look for help, the sun is shining and shadows are forming to the left of the screen as we see the view of the front of the church. From shot to shot as Wade and Carly then walk in to the church, the sun is gone and the light is dull with no sunshine. But when Bo turns around in the church the sun is beaming straight through the window on to him from the front rather than from the right, and when Wade and Carly close the door and walk out the sky is still overcast with no sunshine.
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When Carly first sees the reflection of the man in the mirror, she is standing directly in front of it. When she is explaining to Wade what she saw, she is alternately standing further away from, then closer to the mirror.
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After Vincent cuts off the right lower half of Wade's face, Dalton runs away, but you can see that Wade does have the right lower half of his face as if left untouched by Vincent.
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When Nick gives Carly his shirt, she puts it on inside-out. In other scenes, she is wearing it normally.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Paige is running towards the stairs in the building, as she nears them you can see someone running left-front of her.
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After the group takes the detour, and they are driving on the back road, there is a shot of the red car from behind. If you look at the very bottom of the screen, you can see the equipment that the car is hooked up to.
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Errors in geography 

Austrailan mountains and eucalyptus gum trees are seen in what is supposed to be Louisiana.
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The group is supposedly heading to LSU's Tiger Stadium. When the GPS is shown, the destination is Memorial Stadium, about 5 miles northeast.
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During the scene at the campsite close to the beginning, in the morning shortly before Carly goes to the turlet, the birdsong that can be heard is clearly the song of a European robin that would not be found in America.
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Miscellaneous 

When Bo is strapping Carly into the chair, he starts with her right wrist and you can see her trying to push him away with her left hand, but once he straps her right wrist, both of her wrists are suddenly strapped down.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Carly and Wade first enter the town, they pass a movie theater marquee. The name of the movie that's airing is incorrect and grammatically wrong. The movie is listed as "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?" The true title is "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?"
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Paige's foot is sliced through the floor, she falls. The killer tries to stab her while she's on the ground and she screams, but her lips don't move.
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Continuity 

When Wade is coated in wax, his eyes are covered too. But when Dalton finds him his eyes aren't at all affected by the wax and are moving around, and he even retains the ability to cry. After being slashed by Vincent, his skin peels off and his eyes go completely up. Later, when Nick and Carly are fighting with Vincent, Wade's eyes are down.
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When Wade and Carly first go into the church, you see the face of the ministerial wax figure. When Carly goes into the church later while running from Bo, the face changes.
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Paige dies, leaning forward with the pipe through her head, and her right palm up. In the very next scene, her right palm is down.
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When Carly runs into the church after escaping from Bo, she leaves the door open and you can clearly see outside. But when Bo comes to the church to find her, he has to open the door to get in.
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When Vincent and Nick are fighting up against a wall, Vincent's knife jumps back and forth between his left and right hands between shots.
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Factual errors 

Wade would have suffocated almost immediately after being encased in wax, and placed in a sitting position that does not allow him to respirate. He would not be alive some time later.
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Revealing mistakes 

Nick and Carly run through the melting wax house, and emerge covered in molten wax, without the severe burns which should result.
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