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 above-mentioned symbols are designed to be enigmatic, however. Some ostensibly "hidden" messages in movies are hiding there in plain sight. The legendary David Lynch, for example, is well known for making brilliant art in every shot but as evinced by many bizarre behind-the-scenes Hollywood stories even Disney has been known to dabble in bawdy subliminal imagery.Read on for a wholly unexpected list of creepy things in the background of movies.
The Wizard of Oz's hanging munchkin controversy is surely one of filmdom's most famous legends. The nature of the image has neither been confirmed nor denied but according to BBC, a dwarf actor was driven to despair and the most desperate of measures because of an unrequited love for a fellow munchkin.
However, other sources state that the hanged man was actually just a perching bird that happened to resemble a corpse. So the upshot seems to be that if the vision of a dangling munchkin appeals to you, go with it.
The exact moment in which the suicide is said to appear is indicated in the above video.
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1986's Blue Velvet is veritably agleam with rich, strange, and macabre visual bounty. One of the movie's most bizarre props, however, concerns the famously grotesque dolls that appear without acknowledgment or explanation in the background of Ben's apartment. With their monstrously elongated and oozing white faces, their eyes like black holes, and their ladylike clothing (which almost looks like funerary-viewing garb) they add a wonderfully disturbing element to an already brilliant film.
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David Lynch's Lost Highway, which premiered in 1997, is full of subtle demarcation lines that mark the transition from real life into nightmare. One of the first people to notice such a moment was the late literary giant David Foster Wallace but The Easter Egg Archive summarizes the scene.
"In Bill Pullman and Patricia Arquette's house, there are three paintings above the couch where they sit and watch the videos of themselves. After Arquette is killed, the paintings are upside down. You have to squint pretty hard to make this out."
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There's An Unidentified Corpse Chilling At Laura Palmer's House in "Twin Peaks: The Return"
Since launching Twin Peaks: The Return into the world via Showtime, David Lynch has admitted that the second part of the beloved series was actually intended to be a film, not a series of television installations. Another of Lynch's masterpieces, this installment certainly does contain marvelously grotesque scene additions. Corpses are casually strewn throughout the backgrounds of several scenes and who they are and what they represent is never explained. That's classic Lynch ambiguity for you, though.