As most movie lovers know, an Easter egg is an intentional message (usually an object or character) in a movie. Sometimes the Easter egg is very subtle or hidden, existing for just a few frames and cannot be seen unless the DVD of the film is paused; other Easter eggs are very obvious and are on screen for a period of time, although the audience may not necessarily connect the dots. Below are some of the most clever Easter eggs of both varieties spotted by eagle-eyed filmgoers:
Cloverfield: the DHARMA Initiative logo (from Lost) appears at the beginning of the film. J. J. Abrams produced Cloverfield and was co-creator of the series Lost on ABC.
Toy Story: the carpet pattern in Sid’s house replicates the carpet pattern from the Overlook Hotel from The Shining (specifically, from the scene where Danny Torrance plays with some toys).
Toy Story 3: The number 237 (as in room 237 from The Shining) appears on a security camera, a garbage truck, and on a computer screen (as a username).
Finding Nemo: Buzz Lightyear can be seen among the toys and books in the corner of the dentist’s office. Every Pixar film contains a character from an older or forthcoming film.
Rango: Rango smashes into the windshield of a car driven by characters (Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo) of another Depp film: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Thor: comic-book writer Walt Simonson makes a cameo, sitting between Volstagg and Sif.
Friends With Benefits: Mila Kunis is holding a sign that reads “O. Penderghast,” the name of the main character from the film Easy A. Both films were directed by Will Gluck.
Evil Dead and Evil Dead II: director Sam Raimi’s 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 makes a cameo in each film.
Predator 2: there is an alien (known as a Xenomorph) skull in the Predator’s trophy room.
The Incredible Hulk: Paul Soles, who voiced Bruce Banner in the cartoon series during the mid-60s plays the owner of a pizzeria. Also Stan Lee, former president and chairman of Marvel Comics, and Lou Ferrigno, who played the Incredible Hunk during the 1970s, appear as two security guards.
Fast Five: Han’s last name is revealed to be “Seoul-Oh” (as in Han Solo, an homage to Star Wars) in a very brief screen shot
The Departed: an “X” appears in the scene any time a character is going to be killed.
Tron: Pacman appears on a computer screen.
Watchmen: in the opening credits, Batman’s parents (Thomas and Martha Wayne) make a brief appearance, along with some Batman posters.
Fight Club: there is a Starbucks cup, representing consumerism, in every scene of the movie.
Apocalypto: a character dressed as Waldo appears for a few frames appearing on top of a pile of dead bodies. The Easter egg only appeared in the theatrical version and was removed from the DVD edition.
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