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CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE (1957)

  • Just before the Professor's fall from the balcony, the break in the railing is already clearly visible.

  • When Professor Bernstein's body lands after being pushed by Frankenstein, the floor wobbles.

  • In the Frankenstein Crypt, the jar of liquid containing the Professor's brain is grey in the long-shots and unmistakeably pink in the close-ups.

  • The Professor's corpse takes a sharp intake of breath during the close-up in the crypt scene.

DRACULA, PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1965)

  • When Charles and Father Sandor stop Klove on the road to the castle (near the end of the film), while it is Charles (Francis Matthews) holding the gun, it is certainly not him from behind. Compare:

  • As Dracula slides under the icy waters of the castle moat at the end of the film, the pivots holding up the ice are visible:

FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED (1969)

  • In the scene following the pipe-bursting, the camera pans across as Frankenstein walks down the hallway of Anna's house, and on the left of the screen, a crew-member can be seen quickly hiding behind the doorway as he comes into view on the left of the screen:

HORROR OF DRACULA (1958)

  • Immediately following the scene in which the Count interrupts Harker and the vampire woman in the library, an establishing shot of the castle exterior appears to be motionless, but in fact a shadowy object or figure can be seen rushing behind the bushes near the entrance. On closer inspection, the most obvious explanation is that the movement is that of the hearse that passes Van Helsing later on in the film. Presumably the shot was meant to be inserted in the later scene, but it was so hard to see, the editors decided to use it here instead.

  • After her staking in Dracula's crypt, the aged vampire woman is seen still breathing.

QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1967)

  • As Professor Quatermass walks away from the rubble at the end of the film, what appears to be a crew-member's arm swings quickly into view on the right of the screen:

RASPUTIN, THE MAD MONK (1966)

  • As Rasputin is going round a corner in the wagon he has stolen, a bystander walks into shot in the distance, wearing what appears to be a mac (see left of picture - easier to identify in actual movie):

  • Following Rasputin's death, Ivan is seen sporting a bloody lip without explanation. In fact, it was due to an extended fight sequence that Lee and Matthews took several days to film, but which mostly ended up on the cutting-room floor.

SCARS OF DRACULA (1970)

  • In the finale, the camera lingers too long on the blazing Count, and it is obvious that Lee has been replaced by a stuntman wearing gloves and a mask:

 

 


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