Christmas movies have been scrutinized by discerning viewers over the years, and some clumsy and downright stupid errors have been spotted, including a flashing corpse and a glaring math error.
We all blunder at work, even some of the best filmmakers in the world.
And Christmas movies such as Home Alone and Die Hard are no exception, with awkward goofs spotted by eagle-eyed viewers every year.
From clumsy math blunders and small continuity errors, to flying hair and a terrorist hitting a wall, there have been some absolute gems.
So when you sit down to watch one of your festive favorites this year, remember to watch out for these mistakes.
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In Elf, Will Ferrell plays Buddy, a strangely tall elf in Santa’s workshop who discovers he’s actually a human and goes on a mission to find his father.
But in one scene, a crew member is accidentally visible in the shot.
He comes out of a doorway along New York Street when Buddy chases Michael, blissfully unaware that the actors are filming.
Maybe someone made some extravagant gesture to inform him, or he suddenly noticed the camera, but he hastily shrunk into the house he came from and might not have been so visible if he hadn’t been wearing a bright yellow cap.
Alone at home
In the first Home Alone movie, Kevin McAllister (Macaulay Culkin) is left to fend for himself by his forgetful family, while creepy burglars lurk outside.
Kevin sets up elaborate traps to maim burglars, instead of just calling the police.
One of them included the heating of a doorknob ready to turn evil Harry’s hand into blisters.
When Harry touches the doorknob, he turns his hand to the left.
But when he raises his hand to look at the burnt skin, the M on the doorknob is printed as if he had touched it with his right hand facing upwards.
The blunders don’t stop there.
In a later clip, when Harry threatens Kevin upstairs, he raises his hand and the 3rd degree burn has miraculously disappeared without a trace.
It was quick!
Other Home Alone continuity errors include Kevin’s meal going from macaroni and cheese to a TV dinner between takes.
Die Hard may not be a fantasy movie, but somehow its characters still come to life.
Karl (Alexander Godunov) is strangled by John (Bruce Willis) and killed.
But moments later, he is visible in the background of the shot as John reloads his gun.
A Reddit user pointed out the error, writing, “Watched Die Hard for the first time tonight.
“You can see Karl standing in the background after John strangled him with the chains. Guess he strangled the stunt man. GREAT Christmas movie by the way!”
Karl isn’t the only character to be resurrected.
When Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) finds Tony dead, he examines him before grabbing his head and pushing it to the other side.
In doing so, the actor who plays Tony blinks very clearly.
In another hilarious shot, Hans’ terrorist henchmen enter the building behind their leader.
The blow cuts at the right time, because given where the man on the far left is, he was only able to hit the wall after that.
It’s a wonderful life
It’s a Wonderful Life is an absolute classic even all these years – but someone in the set department may have struggled with the math.
In one scene, Clarence Odbody tells George Bailey that his brother died aged nine, but when his gravestone is shown he is said to have lived from 1911 to 1919.
That would make George’s brother only seven or eight years old.
In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carey as the titular grumpy character, the mayor’s assistant shaves his head on stage to match his boss.
But hair starts flying off his head before the razor even touches it, savvy viewers have pointed out.
A Christmas story
You might not expect a lot of historical research to go into filming A Christmas Story, which is set in 1939.
But the movie gets one thing wrong that only an expert would notice.
When Mrs. Shields opens her drawer, there are a pair of chattering teeth inside.
But chattering teeth weren’t invented until 1949, meaning there was no way Mrs Shields had a pair.
Similarly, in the Muppet Christmas carol, Gonzo and Rizzo sell Red Delicious apples.
But this particular type of apple wasn’t discovered until 1875, and the movie is supposedly set in the early 1800s.
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