If you hear a strange sound outside... have sex. If an old man warns you not to go there... make fun of him. Quaint abandoned property... sold. You think you know the story. If the basement door swings open... go down there. If something is chasing you... split up.
Continuity When Dana is at the elevator main control station, the switches (for the individual elevators) on the control panel are inconsistently on/off between shots.
Continuity When Curt is on his motorcycle there is a closeup camera shot of him and his hands. The motorcycle he is riding is equipped with a twist throttle and he is clearly revving the engine using his right hand, which would be correct. However, later in the shot he is shown revving the throttle with his left hand, which would be the hand the clutch is operated with.
Factual Mistake "One Way" mirrors only work when the room on one side is very brightly illuminated and the room on the other is very dimly lit. In the cabin it looks like both rooms are equally dimly lit.
Revealing Mistakes Negra Model beer does not have a screw top closure. In fact, Richard Jenkins can be seen drinking from the bottle, which would clearly require an opener.
Continuity While in the "elevator" with Marty, Dana's bloodstains on the right side of her face completely disappear between shots.
Continuity When the rambler is at the gas pump the football in Curts hand disappears.
Continuity When Dana first enters the cabin she leaves the door open, the film cuts to Marty standing outside where we see the door close. When the scene cuts back to Dana the others are walking in through an open door.
Continuity When the kids are swimming in the lake, a green towel appears and disappears on Marty's shoulders while he's standing on the dock.
Continuity Bottles of beer are shown up to their necks in water in a cooler, and one bottle is shown being extracted from the cooler with water dripping from it. In the next shot when the bottle is tossed to someone, it is clearly completely dry.
Continuity When Marty is attacked he is stabbed in the back by Judah Buckner - hole and blood stains clearly shown. When he is in the elevator with Dana it is clear there is no cut on his back - the shirt is whole.
Continuity At the beginning of the movie, Jules shows off her new blonde dye job. When they are leaving for the trip she has dark hair roots.
Continuity When Jules is trying to having sex and open her shirt, her head is leaning right, but when the camera angle change, her head is leaning left. Also, Curt's hand is on Jules stomach, but when the camera changes, his hand is on top of Jules's thigh.
Maya Massar claimed that it took 8 hours to apply her makeup for the character of Mother Buckner the first time. She noted that after the first application it still took between 4 and 6 hours to apply her makeup for each day of filming.
The film's release date was postponed because the studio wanted to convert it to 3D, despite objections from Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. These plans were eventually scrapped, and the film was released only in 2D.
Won five 2012 Fright Meter Awards, including Best Horror Movie, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.
The entry date in the book they read from is April 4th. That is the same day that the George Orwell novel "1984" begins.
The film was originally scheduled for release in Australia on the 12th of July, 2012, but was pulled by its distributor, Roadshow Films, in late April. Already incensed by the delayed release, the news of canceling its cinema run altogether prompted backlash from fans who filled Roadshow's Twitter and Facebook feeds with angry hate mail calling for reconsideration.
The Latin that Dana reads from the diary is: "Dolor supervivo caro. Dolor sublimus caro. Dolor ignio animus." It means: Pain outlives the flesh. Pain raises the flesh. Pain ignites the spirit.
Kevin, one of the monsters in the white board, is a tribute to the Elijah Wood character of the same name from the movie 'Sin City (2005)' and the original Frank Miller graphic novel
Fran Kranz received extensive prop and behavior training in order to capture the stoner persona of Marty. He received a two-hour joint rolling session and a separate bong lighting session from expert consultants. In addition to the famous travel-mug bong, a number of more subtle marijuana paraphernalia appear in the film. These include Marty's stash, his secret stash, a smaller pipe, a 'tulip-joint', and a joint kept in the pocket of his pants. The prop crew even designed the film's own brand of rolling papers, 'Smiling Buddha' papers.
In the dialogue between Sitterson and Hadley about the Buckner family ("they are zombified and backward idiots/but they are OUR zombified and backward idiots") spoofs a famous quote by American diplomat and former CIA member John D. Negroponte, regarding Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza ("he might be a son of a bitch, but he is our son of a bitch").
One of two films featuring Chris Hemsworth that had been filmed in 2009, but not released until 2012. The other being Red Dawn (2012).
During the lake scene, the only student not to jump into the lake is Marty, who remains fully clothed on the dock. This was partially due to Fran Kranz noticeably being in as good if not better shape than the other male students. In the commentary for the film, the writers joke that he was "ripped like muscular Jesus" and assert that if Marty were shown being that fit it would ruin the character. This is partly also why Marty wears baggier clothes than the other students.
The movie's opening was a deliberate attempt by filmmakers Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon to confuse the audience and make them think they walked in to see the wrong movie.
In the scene where Jules kisses the wolf head on the wall, the wolf's tongue is covered in powdered sugar to give it a dusty look and to make the scene tolerable for the actress.
The thermal coffee mug/bong was a fully functional mug and bong as portrayed in the film, the prototype of which cost $5000 to make.
Much of Drew Goddard's inspiration for this movie came from his own upbringing in Los Alamos, New Mexico, a place filled with scientists and co-workers all going about their business and living seemingly routine and ordinary lives even though they were building nuclear weapons that could potentially destroy the entire world. He talks about this in DVD special features interviews and commentary.
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