There are people who race out of the theater as soon as the end credits start, and there are those that stay and watch to the end; if you're a regular credits-skipper, this list might inspire you to stick around. Genius jokes hidden in movie credits are just waiting to be unearthed - but you have to know where to look for them. The secret things in movie credits are typically references to events or dialogue from the film, but in some instances, the filmmaker has included an allusion to another work entirely, or they have had a little fun at the expense of crew members or even their own families. The funny movie credit jokes on this list prove that even though the end credits may seem like endless words scrolling off the screen, there's no reason for the entertainment to end.
Enjoy these jokes that play after movies, and be on the lookout next time you're sitting in a darkened theater.
We're all used to seeing the usual disclaimer at the end of movies telling us that no animals were harmed during the making of the film. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 gave this familiar line a witty twist. "No raccoon or tree creatures were harmed during the making of this movie," the credits read. "However, the same cannot be said for the handlers of the raccoon and tree creatures." Yikes. Now I'm wondering if Lassie's handlers had similar trouble.
Actors: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, + more
Directed by: James Gunn
Initially, the Santa Rosa School Board had given director Wes Craven permission to fill Scream on their property. But before filming began, the board reneged on their promise, sending the filmmaker scrambling to find a new location at the last minute. Craven got his revenge, though. In the end credits of Scream, he gives "no thanks whatsoever to the Santa Rosa City School District Governing Board." Take that, school board bureaucrats.
Actors: Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox, Liev Schreiber, Neve Campbell, + more
Initial Release: 1996
Directed by: Wes Craven
The Airplane movies spoofed disaster epics in a major way, and the ribbing didn't stop after the final scene. The credits of Airplane II: The Sequel contain some funny gags stemming from the bizarrely-named crew member job titles. For instance, after the best boy is listed, there is a "worst boy" credit, given to none other than Adolf Hitler. When the gaffer credit scrolls, there is a question in parenthesis beside it: "What's a gaffer?" (Sidebar: What IS a gaffer?)
Actors: William Shatner, Leslie Nielsen, Sonny Bono, Raymond Burr, Rip Torn, + more
Initial Release: 1982
Directed by: Ken Finkleman
#75 on The Funniest '80s Movies
#26 on The Best Movies of 1982
There is no shortage of laughs in Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult. From Anna Nicole Smith's miles-long legs to Mary Lou Retton winning an Oscar and literally flipping her way to the stage, this is one seriously riotous movie. The filmmakers make sure the laughs continue throughout the credits. Among the gems: an appeal for audience members to stay seated and keep watching; an "announcement" for the owner of a certain vehicle parked in the parking lot; and Tammy Faye Bakker (who doesn't appear in the movie) gets a credit for "Too Much Make-Up."
Actors: O. J. Simpson, Raquel Welch, Anna Nicole Smith, Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, + more
Initial Release: 1994
Directed by: Peter Segal
#43 on The Best Movies of 1994