As you know, half the fun of watching a movie is later poring over the DVD frame by frame for hours and hours so that you can pick up on the Easter eggs hidden within. What's that? You don't think that sounds like fun? Well, in that case, we suppose you could skip that step and just look at the Easter eggs we find for you in articles like this. You freak.
For example, you probably never noticed that ...
6The Departed's Characters Are Marked for Death (Literally)
If you've seen Martin Scorsese's The Departed, you know that, at the end of the movie (hint: The phrase "at the end of the movie" means there's gonna be spoilers next, and yes, we're making this sentence extra long to give you a chance to look away), fucking everyone dies. What you probably didn't notice was that, much like Steven Seagal in that 1990 film where he plays a tough guy with a ponytail, each doomed character is marked for death. Like this:
Pictured: a death mark. Also, Leonardo DiCaprio being too polite to tell Matt Damon he's got a booger.
See that X between Damon and DiCaprio? It's not the location of Jack Nicholson's magical buried treasure -- it shows up behind the characters who are going to die before the end of the movie, which is most of them. We see a mark behind Jack Nicholson:
And Martin Sheen:
"Could you, um, go sit elsewhere, Mark?"
All three die eventually from multiple gunshot wounds, a single gunshot to the head, and falling off a fucking building, respectively. However, it looks like the Grim Reaper had a hard-on for Matt Damon in particular (apparently he missed a flight that later exploded), because the mark shows up behind him a bunch of times:
You can often see the X lurking in Damon's shadow, right beside Ben Affleck.
In fact, the only major character who doesn't get marked is Sgt. Dignam (Mark Wahlberg), and guess who makes it through the entire movie alive? It's the only one with a hip-hop album.
But maybe this is just a huge coincidence, or the result of a deranged porn-obsessed set designer? Nope: Scorsese, being a huge film nerd, was intentionally paying tribute to Howard Hawks' 1932 version of Scarface, where an X appeared every time a murder was about to be committed.
They tried to do this in the Al Pacino version, but the screen ended up covered in X's all the time.
5Toy Story Is Full of References to The Shining
As you've probably noticed, the children's animation studios of today just love filling their movies with references to things that a large percentage of their audience couldn't possibly get. For DreamWorks, that means blatant dick jokes ... and in the case of Pixar, it means slipping in connections to a movie about an alcoholic who's driven insane by ghosts and tries to murder his entire family. For example, remember the scene in Toy Story where Buzz and Woody are trying to escape Sid's house?
"Where's the exit? Let's ask those twin girls standing over there."
Did you feel an inexplicable sense of dread while watching that scene? Well, that's probably because the carpet in Sid's house has the exact same pattern as the carpet in the Overlook Hotel in The Shining, the same one where junior psychic Danny Torrance used to play with his toys:
Looks like Buzz just saw that dude in the bear costume.
Buzz and Woody eventually escape that place without killing each other, but the horror continues in Toy Story 3. At one point, we see a monkey toy watching the feed from some surveillance cameras in a nursery. On the same desk, there's a small box with the Overlook carpet pattern on it again, plus a 1970s intercom modeled after the one seen in the hotel manager's office in The Shining.
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After all those murders, the company just gave up and started hiring inanimate objects as caretakers.
But the most recurrent element in the movie is the number 237. We see a security camera with the model number "OVERLOOK R237":
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That's almost as creepy as the surveillance tape where all the toys stand up and move around.
A garbage truck with the plate number "RM237":
And Woody chatting with someone with the username "Velocistar237":
"For the last time, stop calling me Danny."
Well, those are all references to the Overlook Hotel's Room 237 -- you know, the one where Jack Nicholson made out with that naked lady who then turned into a cackling corpse. Apparently she has pretty good Wi-Fi in there and likes chatting with toys to pass the time.
And none of this is a coincidence, by the way: Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich is a massive fan of The Shining and personally put in all of these Easter eggs ... except the one in Toy Story 1. Presumably that's just straight up haunting.