In case you didn’t know already, an Easter Egg is an intentional inside joke, hidden message, or feature in an interactive work such as a computer program, video game or film. The name has been said to evoke the idea of a traditional Easter egg hunt and according to game designer Warren Robinett, this traditional term was coined into the context of media by Atari personnel who were alerted to the presence of a secret message which had been hidden by Robinett in his already widely distributed game, Adventure. This one act by Robinett spawned all of the following 25 easter eggs and hidden things found in some of your favorite films.
So now that we made that clear, the question is: Are you one of those people who looks for hidden messages, intentional inside jokes, and subliminal extras in your favorite films? Are you one of those who gets upset every time an Easter egg unfolds right in front of your eyes but you just weren’t careful enough to notice before you were told about it? Or do you belong to the category of people who get upset only when they find out that an Easter egg is pushed so far into the background it would take a genius to discover? If the answer to any of the above is yes, then get ready to discover many clever cameos, whip-sharp references, and many a “blink and you’ll miss it” moments in some of your favorite films because these are 25 Easter Eggs And Hidden Things Found In Some Of Your Favorite Films.
When Wolverine is on the island and he gets to the caged mutants, the scene shows one tied up and moving very fast. In case you noticed or wondered, that mutant was Quicksilver.
Do you remember the two DJs in this movie? Well, in case you’ve speculated about it, you were right: these DJs are actually Daft Punk, who composed the top-selling soundtrack to the film.
During one of the opening scenes a young Jim Morrison is hitchhiking. Just after a car stops and he picks up his bag to get in, the camera pans across the ground to a lizard that whispers “Morrison.” You can hear the whisper again in the cave after the peyote scene in the desert.
At the end of the movie, Travis has pasted newspaper clippings of articles about him and Iris, the prostitute he saves, on his walls. One of the articles has a picture of Iris’s parents. The picture is actually a picture of Scorsese’s parents.
William Friedkin, the film’s director, purposefully put many moments of “subliminal direction” in the movie. All of which can be seen if you pay attention. They flash by very fast but not too fast to pick up. Keep in mind, however, that according to Friedkin the “subliminal” effects were not really subliminal, just quick disturbing images to add more horror to this already disturbing film.
Back To The Future
When Marty crashes into the 1950s, he ploughs into a family farmhouse. The irate farmer refers to his son as Sherman, before the mailbox he shoots reveals his name to be Peabody. Sherman and Peabody are a cartoon double-act with access to a time machine. It’s a knowing salute to a pair of fellow time travellers
In a scene fairly early on, Superman saves a woman in a car after the brakes have been cut. Only a few moments later, Perry White shows two pictures of the event to Jimmy and Lois. The picture of Superman holding up the car is based on the cover of Action Comics #1, in which Superman first appeared. This might be painfully obvious to fans of the Superman comics, but this doesn’t necessarily apply to many fans of the Superman movies.
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
If you pay attention, you can spot a Jedi by the name of Quinlan Vos eating near where Sebulba was eating before Jar Jar’s antics got him in trouble. Just before Anakin comes into the frame for the first time in the scene, you can see Quinlan’s face. You might want to play it in slow motion, though, as he’s quickly covered by Anakin. Quinlan Vos is the man with the yellow stripe going horizontally across his nose. You can even visit the movie set where this was shot if you’re really interested in reliving the magic of Star Wars.
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
On the first disc—the one with the movie—at the main menu, you can press Shuffle on your remote (but pay attention here because not all remotes have this feature), and a video of some Star Wars characters will appear, mainly Yoda, and they will start to dance. Now that’s a proper Easter egg!
In the scene where Dr. Octavius is first putting on his mechanical tentacles, there is a slightly altered version of the music from Hellbound: Hellraiser II. Sam Raimi used this music because of the power and beauty of the notes, and because he was friends with the composer. Not only is the music there, but in some scenes, Doc Ock is in a very similar pose, held by his tentacles, to that of Dr. Channard (held by his fleshy, disturbingly shaped claw), the crazed doctor from Hellbound: Hellraiser II. This can best be seen when Doc Ock screams “NOOOOO!” in the warehouse where he later builds the new sun.
Next time you see this movie try to focus on the scene where Mr. Pink is describing how he got away from the cops near the beginning. As he’s running from them, the famous Wilhelm scream sound effect can be heard by someone as Mr. Pink shoves him out of the way. The Wilhelm scream is used in a lot of other films. It’s often put in as a joke by the sound people.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
During the scene where everyone’s out for Halloween, while looking through the eyes of E.T. you can see a lady whom his eyes seem to follow. It’s a woman in a monster mask carrying a poodle. In case you ever wondered what the big deal is about this scene and a woman you never see again, keep in mind this woman is Debra Winger, the voice of E.T.
During the scene where Blade is being told about how Dracula is being revived by the vampires, Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds) shows Blade a copy of the comic book The Tomb of Dracula. This is the comic where the character Blade was originally introduced.
Jim Lovell, the astronaut portrayed by Tom Hanks, makes a cameo at the end of the film when the astronauts are retrieved from their capsule and brought safely aboard the ship. He was asked by Ron Howard to wear the uniform of a US Navy admiral for his appearance but Lovell said that he would prefer to play the role in his old captain’s uniform because that was the rank he held when he retired from the navy. Hence the “admiral” listed in the film’s credits is only wearing the four bars of a captain on his shoulder boards.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
By the end of the movie, in the factory, two Sarah Connors can be seen in the same take: the “real” Sarah and the T-1000 disguised as Sarah (confusing her son as to who is his real mother). The fake Sarah is actually Linda Hamilton’s real-life twin in her first and only film role. In this case, no special effects or stand-in were necessary.
25 Easter Eggs And Hidden Things Found In Some Of Your Favorite Films