Creepy Easter Eggs Hidden In The Background Of Movies

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Which of these movie scenes are most cleverly hidden?

A well-crafted and visionary film is essentially a living entity with infinitely varying facets. For every single shot in a horror movie, there's a wealth of peripheral images to analyze - bizarre background action or creepy movie Easter eggs that are just waiting to be discovered. 

Not all of the these Easter eggs are designed to be enigmatic, however. Some ostensibly "hidden" messages in movies are actually right there in plain sight. The legendary David Lynch, for example, is well known for his attention to detail, but as evinced by many bizarre behind-the-scenes Hollywood stories, even Disney has been known to dabble in bawdy subliminal imagery.

  • There's A Surprise Photobomb In 'Poltergeist'
    Photo: Poltergeist / MGM/UA Entertainment Co.

    A particularly horrific moment in the film occurs while Diane Freeling blow dries her hair and is subsequently attacked. At the beginning of the scene, the photo collage on her dresser shows a photo of Carol Anne in the middle, but by the time the poltergeist enters the scene, the photo has changed to that of a demonic face. 

    2,681 votes
  • The Car From 'Psycho' Makes An Appearance In 'Halloween H20'
    Photo: Halloween: H20 / Dimension Films

    When Janet Leigh appears in 1998's Halloween H20, she gives a whimsical nod to her most famous character, the ill-fated Marion Crane from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Savvy viewers will note that the car Leigh arrives in the very same vehicle that Norman Bates encapsulates Marion in. Even the license plates are the same.

    1,755 votes
  • Freddy Kreuger's Glove Appears In 'Evil Dead II'
    Photo: Evil Dead II / Rosebud Releasing Corporation

    When Sam Raimi paid homage to Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes in 1981's The Evil Dead (a poster for the former appeared on Ash's demonic cabin wall) the gesture did not go unreturned. Craven responded by including some footage from Raimi's 1984 masterpiece A Nightmare on Elm Street.

    According to Cinema Blend, Raimi then nodded back by featuring Freddy Krueger's glove in Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn.  

    1,274 votes
  • The License Plates In 'The Matrix Reloaded' Refer To Bible Verses 
    Photo: The Matrix Reloaded / Warner Bros.

    It's no secret that The Matrix series is widely considered a biblical allegory. In Reloaded they even take it one step further by naming Bible verses in subliminal ways. Agent Smith's license plates, for example, read "IS 5416," which is a reference to Isaiah 54:16: "See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc." 

    1,053 votes
  • A Woman's Face Appears In The Penultimate Scene In 'The Exorcist'
    Photo: The Exorcist / Warner Bros.

    As it turns out, William Friedkin's 1973 masterpiece, The Exorcist, contains a lot more subliminal background images than most fans noticed. One such image appears during the penultimate scene in which Father Karras demands that the devil enter him. Just before he heroically throws himself out of Regan's bedroom window, Karras's mother's face appears in the glass.

    1,495 votes
  • There Is Conspicuously Shaped Excrement In 'The Triplets Of Belleville'
    Photo: The Triplets Of Belleville / Tartan Films

    Depicting human excrement in an animated comedy, or any movie really, would generally be an egregious faux pas. But in 2003 comedy The Triplets of Belleville, bowel movement remnants clearly float in an animated toilet bowl. Moreover, it appears to be in the shape of Mickey Mouse's face.

    819 votes