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The Haunting (1999)

Nell, Theo and Luke arrive at Hill House for Dr. Marrow’s study of sleep disorders or so they think. When it’s revealed that the experiment is actually a study of fear, will anyone believe Nell when she says the house is haunted? Here are a few movie mistakes to look for while watching 1999’s “The Haunting”.

∙ When Theo arrives at Hill House, Nell is talking to her in the bedroom. Theo turns to look at Nell while she’s putting on her black leather jacket. The next view shows a close-up of Nell but Theo’s reflection can be seen in the mirror. The reflection shows Theo’s back to Nell and she begins to put her jacket on again.

∙ Before Luke arrives, Nell and Theo are looking around the house when they happen upon the musical room with mirrors. A back view of their legs is shown as they step on the moving floor. But in the next overhead view of the pair, they are shown stepping on the floor again.

∙ When everyone is having dinner the first night they are in the house, Theo is pouring wine into their glasses. As Theo sits down, there is a close-up of Nell and her glass is only about a quarter full. A few moments later she’s answering Dr. Marrow’s question and the glass is almost completely full.

∙ Late in the movie, after Nell has seen a reflection in the mirror that wasn’t hers, she runs into the mirrored room. Nell sees a pregnant reflection of herself. When the reflection says “Welcome home Eleanor”, Nell’s actual reflection can be seen in the glass and her hand is covering her mouth. It then cuts to a close-up of Nell who is only now bringing her hand up to her face.

∙ CAUTION: May Contain Spoilers! Nell, Theo, Luke and Dr. Marrow are trying to escape the house. Since the front gate is locked, Luke climbs into Nell’s car and decides to crash through it. The gate doesn’t budge and a circular piece of iron with spikes falls from the gate and lands on top of the car, pinning Luke inside. Dr. Marrow and Theo can’t budge the piece that’s fallen on the car and Luke has to climb out through the back window. But at the very end of the movie, when the Dudleys return to unlock the gate, the piece that fell on the car is no longer there.

“The Haunting” (1999) stars Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson, Lili Taylor, Virginia Madsen and Bruce Dern. It runs 113 minutes and is rated PG-13 for intense horror sequences.

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