Creepiest Things Found In The Backgrounds Of Movie Scenes

They say nothing in life is ever 100 percent perfect. No matter how stellar a movie could be, there are still a number of awkward, blink-and-you’ll-miss-them moments inadvertently caught in the backgrounds of some of the greatest films ever made.

Did anybody else see that? For this list, we’ll be looking at various creepy things that can be found in the background of various movies, particularly thrillers or horror films.

 Jurassic Park

Most people were so impressed by the animatronic T-rex that they probably didn’t even notice the scene where the cameraman aims a little too high, ultimately revealing a studio sprinkler that was being used for rain. Oops!

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

  A random cowboy

Hundreds of movies have become famous for their twist endings over the years, but nobody watching Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was quite expecting what went down in its final scene. After reclaiming the Black Pearl, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) orders his merry band of pirates to get to work on the deck. Just as they begin to move, a man wearing a white t-shirt and cowboy hat can be spotted in the background, looking off into the distant waters. Was this mysterious man’s cameo a secret Easter Egg, or perhaps a character to be introduced in the sequels? Supposedly, he was just a grip crew member who accidentally forgot to clear the set during filming. If it was planned, this guy deserves to walk the plank.


There’s A Surprise Photobomb In ‘Poltergeist’

A particularly horrific moment in the film occurs while Diane Freeling blow dries her hair and is subsequently attacked. At the beginning of the scene, the photo collage on her dresser shows a photo of Carol Anne in the middle, but by the time the poltergeist enters the scene, the photo has changed to that of a demonic face. 

Halloween H20

The Car From ‘Psycho’ Makes An Appearance In ‘Halloween H20’

When Janet Leigh appears in 1998’s Halloween H20, she gives a whimsical nod to her most famous character, the ill-fated Marion Crane from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Savvy viewers will note that the car Leigh arrives in the very same vehicle that Norman Bates encapsulates Marion in. Even the license plates are the same.

The Exorcist

A Woman’s Face Appears In The Penultimate Scene In ‘The Exorcist’

As it turns out, William Friedkin’s 1973 masterpiece, The Exorcist, contains a lot more subliminal background images than most fans noticed. One such image appears during the penultimate scene in which Father Karras demands that the devil enter him. Just before he heroically throws himself out of Regan’s bedroom window, Karras’s mother’s face appears in the glass.

Evil Dead II

Freddy Kreuger’s Glove Appears In ‘Evil Dead II’

When Sam Raimi paid homage to Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes in 1981’s The Evil Dead (a poster for the former appeared on Ash’s demonic cabin wall) the gesture did not go unreturned. Craven responded by including some footage from Raimi’s 1984 masterpiece A Nightmare on Elm Street.


Hitchcock Has A Subtle Cameo In ‘Lifeboat’

Alfred Hitchcock’s cameos in his own films are the stuff of legend. One of Hitchcock’s most clever appearances is in 1944’s Lifeboat. He is only featured in the film briefly showing up in the newspaper ad for a product called “Reduco Obesity Slayer.” 

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Not sure if anyone else noticed how easily that knife bent. It was obviously just because Arnold Schwarzenegger has pecs of steel and his body repels even the strongest, most durable of metals. Right? Right??

Year One

This Jack Black/Michael Cera comedy saw the comedians taking things back to pre-modern times. The movie wasn’t necessarily a fan favorite, but it did have an interesting scene where some guy in the background was getting pretty close with a goat. Yep, you’re seeing that right.

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

During that famous gun-versus-sword fight scene, most viewers of the film fail to notice the incredibly lazy butcher in the background. Next time you watch the film, take a look. He’s wielding that knife gently so as not to distract the audience members.

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