30 Great Movie In-Jokes You Probably Didn’t Notice
Movie making has got to be an absolute blast. There’s no other explanation for how pretty much every movie you’ve ever seen has some kind of weird joke hidden inside it just as an easter egg for fans, obsessive compulsives or, in some cases, even the film-makers themselves. Below are all examples of actors, writers and directors all making references to their previous work.
30. The Evil Dead
The In-Joke: A tattered poster for The Hills Have Eyes can be spotted in the basement of the old cabin.
Why It’s Great: Legend has it that the torn poster is a jibe at Wes Craven, who included a torn Jaws poster in the aforementioned horror flick. Either way, it’s a cool reference.
If It Was Reversed: As mentioned before, Nancy attempts to watch The Evil Dead to keep herself awake in Nightmare On Elm Street. What can we read into the fact that she fails?
The In-Joke: Ray Stantz comes bursting out of the haunted house, looking distinctly shaken. “Who you gonna call?” he muses. “Someone else!”
Why It’s Great: It’s actually Dan Aykroyd, decked out in full Ghostbusters regalia, right down to the “Stantz” label on his chest. How’s that for a cameo?
If It Was Reversed: Poor little Casper gets blasted into oblivion by a cackling Peter Venkman.
28. Army Of Darkness
The In-Joke: Ash attempts to recover the Necronomicon using the sacred words Klaatu Barada Nikto. If they sound familiar, that’s probably because you’ve heard them elsewhere…
Why It’s Great: Those words, first spoken in The Day The Earth Stood Still, were the names of Jabba the Hutt’s henchmen in Return Of The Jedi and formed Michael Gambon’s war-cry in Toys. And yet Ash still can’t get them right!
If It Was Reversed: Peace-loving alien Klaatu suffers a brief loss of patience, shrieking, “I’ll swallow your soul,” at the top of his voice.
27. Iron Man 2
The In-Joke: A billboard can be seen featuring classic Iron Man nemesis Fin Fang Foom. He’s the one with the head like a dragon…
Why It’s Great: It’s unlikely Fin Fang Foom will ever make a full-blown movie appearance, so it’s nice to see him get a covert mention.
If It Was Reversed: It would have been remarkably prescient for an Iron Man comic to have included a billboard featuring RDJ!
26. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The In-Joke: Arnie stalks the T-1000 through a shopping mall, producing a massive firearm from a box of roses…
Why It’s Great: A big gun in amongst some roses. Which hard-rock outfit performed the soundtrack again? Ohhhhhhh….
If It Was Reversed: GNR would return the favor by penning a song named Termite Hater.
25. Raising Arizona
The In-Joke: Nic Cage’s character can be seen wearing a set of overalls bearing the motif, “Hudsucker Industries.”
Why It’s Great: The Coens often have a stack of completed scripts ready and waiting at any one time, which means that sometimes references to future films can be found in their earlier works. Cool, huh?
If It Was Reversed: A reference is made in The Hudsucker Proxy to local football hero Nathan Arizona Jr.