Genius Easter Eggs Lurking Within Famous Horror Movies
Some movies like to cram Easter eggs into every inch of the screen (funny -- we feel like we may have mentioned that once or twice before). Horror films are no exception. So in this spookiest of seasons, we present some of the craziest details hidden in scary movies. The pattern on Freddy Krueger's sweater may not be a cypher that reveals the truth behind the Kennedy assassination (or it may, who knows), but if you pay attention, you'll see...
The Conjuring 2 Hides The Demon's True Name Throughout The Background
The Nun was not an intensely gritty reboot of Sister Act, but a prequel to The Conjuring -- kind of like Young Sheldon, if Sheldon Cooper was slightly creepier. In The Conjuring 2, the mysterious poltergeist tormenting a family turns out to be a demon taking the guise of a nun, and paranormal investigators/real-world frauds Ed and Lorraine Warren learn they can send it packing back to Hell by saying its true name. You know, standard inverse Beetlejuice rules.
The only problem is they don't know the demon's name right away. But here's the thing: It was all over the movie, hidden in the background in ways you wouldn't notice. "Valak" is spelled out on a child's bracelet ...
... on some desk ornaments ...
... spelled out on a bookcase with wooden letters presumably purchased from Hell's Pottery Barn ...
... and on a kitchen wall decoration, but only if you use the V from the word "LOVE" above it.
It all serves to reinforce the idea that this all-consuming evil has quietly been lurking in the background the whole time. Either that, or the filmmakers are telling us that tacky 1970s home decor is the work of the Devil.
Halloween 2018 Subtly References The Movies It Kicked Out Of Continuity
Modern updates of old series like to shoehorn in references to their originals, be it the Kessel Run in Star Wars, Slimer in Ghostbusters, or the Spider-Man in all of the Spider-Man movies. The new Halloween similarly seeks to honor its past, even though it's only a sequel to the very first one. This means it's chock-full of references to stories it unceremoniously tossed in the trash.
In the new movie, like in Halloween II, Michael Myers obtains his butcher knife from a woman in a pink bathrobe wearing curlers in her hair. She's older, though, perhaps implying it's the same character who didn't die in this reality?
Later, Michael shows up at a bathroom stall ...
... which seems to be a shout-out to a similar moment in Halloween H20. You know, the other time they brought Jamie Lee Curtis in for a reboot in an attempt to clean up this mess of a series.
There are even references to Halloween III: Season Of The Witch, which was already in its own timeline, since the original Halloween was only a movie in that universe. And yet the evil costumes from Season Of The Witch are seen in the new flick, presumably because these children are transdimensional beings.
There are also some subtle nods to the first film. Like, remember how Laurie had that hat on her bedroom wall in the first Halloween? Of course you do. Who could forget that iconic hat? Right?
Well, apparently that hat is her most prized possession, because four decades later, she still thinks that thing is somehow wall-worthy art.
Let us know if we missed any other tables, lamps, or staplers from the older films that make exciting cameos!
The Silence Of The Lambs' Hannibal Lecter Has Already Solved The Murders From The Very Beginning
Long before we learned he was once a Nazi-hunting samurai, Hannibal Lecter showed up in the Oscar-winning The Silence Of The Lambs. At the beginning of the movie, novice FBI agent Clarice Starling visits the incarcerated cannibal to see if he'll help with her investigation of the "Buffalo Bill" killings. Lecter shows Clarice some of his drawings -- not the crude drawings of naked women you might expect, but elaborately rendered vistas, including "the Belvedere as seen from the Duomo" in Florence. You probably assumed the message of this scene was "This guy is a massive, massive dweeb."
Then you probably forgot all about this conversation, since the rest of the movie includes ripping people's faces off, suits made of human skin, and at least one appearance from crooner Chris Isaak. But interestingly, when Clarice finally tracks down Buffalo Bill, he's in Belvedere, Ohio, home of ... OK, we know nothing about Belvedere, Ohio.
Lecter seemingly figured out that the first victim would be from the same town as Buffalo Bill, and cheekily flaunted it right under the FBI's noses. Thankfully, Lecter didn't go a step further and wheel in a TV to watch the sitcom adventures of the delightfully pompous Mr. Belvedere.
Psycho's Peephole Is Behind A Pretty Appropriate Painting
Alfred Hitchcock's horror masterpiece, Psycho, finds runaway secretary Marion Crane checking into the creepy Bates Motel, only to be murdered by the slasher equivalent of Mrs. Doubtfire. Before that, though, Marion dines with Norman Bates in a room filled with old paintings and stuffed birds. In retrospect, it would be surprising if anyone didn't get murdered there.
After Marion excuses herself to take her fateful shower, Norman pulls back one of the paintings, to reveal a peephole he uses to spy on guests.
The painting itself is a subtle in-joke "depicting the biblical story of Susanna and the Elders" -- which, for you non-theologians, is about a woman being spied on by two creeps while she's trying to bathe. Unless you were an art historian, or an accomplished peeper, you probably didn't catch the reference. Hitchcock seemingly had great fun with this joke, not just putting it the film but also calling attention to it in the movie's weird-ass trailer. The unusual preview sees Hitch leading audiences on a tour of the Bates Motel. Upon reaching the painting, he points to it and says, "This picture has great significance because ..." Then he just walks away.
You Don't Have To Be A Conspiracy Nut To Find Hidden Numbers All Over The Shining
There are a lot of obsessives transfixed by The Shining -- someone even made an entire movie about their obsession with this movie. But while it's easy to get lost in the theories about moon landing hoaxes and hidden minotaurs, you might overlook some of the creepier details Kubrick actually did hide in there. Please do not overlook our pun, though - it took us six hours to come up with that.
At the risk of going full tinfoil hat, there are a bunch of repeating numbers in The Shining. Take the number 42, for instance. It first shows up on Danny's shirt.
Later, Danny is watching a TV (which oddly doesn't seem to be plugged in) playing the movie Summer Of '42.
The license plate on Dick Halloran's rental car also contains '42.' Kubrick famously changed the number of a particularly haunted room from the book's 217 to 237, since the hotel feared guests would avoid their actual room 217. (Ironically, it's instead become their most requested room.) The product of 2, 3, and 7 is ... 666. Wait, no, 42.
The number shows up in even more subtle ways. Like how there are exactly 42 cars parked at the Overlook at the beginning, a news report mentions a "$42 million spending bill," and when Jack visits the bar, the stools are in groups of four and two:
Half of 42, as you might know, is 21, and we get a lot of references to that number as well. In the final moment of the film, we see Jack in a photo from 1921, one of 21 photos on the wall:
We might as well leap headfirst into the rabbit hole now. The song playing during the end sequence is "Midnight, The Stars And You" -- midnight, of course, being 12 a.m., and 12 being the mirror image of 21. And this movie is all about mirror images, like the word "Redrum" and its reflection. The number 42's mirror image is also present, as a news report mentions a missing 24-year-old woman.
What does it all mean? Some have speculated that this hints The Shining was actually meant as an allegory for the Holocaust, and not just that Kubrick was super into Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. (1942 was the year Hitler implemented the Final Solution.)
Here's the thing, though: It's entirely possible that Kubrick did hide a series of repeating numbers throughout the movie, but didn't intend them to be breadcrumbs for a secret message. On an early copy of Kubrick's script, we can see that he was monkeying around with using (what was then) the haunted room number, 217, in other parts of the movie, such as having the Torrances live at street number 217, and incorporating February 17 into the story.
The point being that it was seemingly less about which specific numbers he used, and more about numbers being built into the foundation of the story somehow. The idea of recurring numbers hinting at some kind of otherworldly machinations was a technique also employed by one of Kubrick's collaborators, Vladimir Nabokov, who used repeating numbers in Lolita as a manifestation of fate, including the number 42. No one accused him of faking Sputnik.
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