If you’re “too old” to skulk around all hunch-backed in your own yard looking for the painted eggs your little cousin hid for you, why are you holding that remote with the Pause Button at the ready? We all love hunting. It’s in our nature. Just like we love discounted Criterion titles, free scotch and foot massages that don’t mean anything sexual.
So here are some Movie Easter Eggs to hunt down. Bonus one? They involve movies, so you have a solid excuse to just watch movies all week. Bonus two? If you can’t find them, they won’t smell rotten after a few days.
And be sure to add your favorite in the comments section for fellow hunter/gatherers:
The Fight Club Blu-ray Menu Has Never Been Kissed
Most Easter eggs are for fans. Who else would spend so much time hunting them down and obsessing over them? Thus, it was a stroke of brilliance to play a practical joke on fans who bought the anniversary edition Blu-ray of Fight Club.
When people desperate to see Tyler Durden’s mayhem in hi-def tossed this into their player, they were met with the Menu Screen for Never Been Kissed. I know this because Tyler knows this (and because it happened to Neil and me at the old Austin Reject HQ).
Of course, Fight Club has its own history of Easter Eggs – from giant throbbing members and Durden flashing by in single frames, to cigarette burns coming right on cue, to the anti-authoritarian Warning Screen that pops up in place of the usual FBI warning not to copy other people’s intellectual property.
After all of those hidden messages, Drew Barrymore’s twee face was a hell of an anniversary present.
Tron Had Pac-Man Fever
Pac-Man came out 2 years before Tron debuted, making this particular hidden reference especially incredibly. Either that, or everyone inside the mainframe has had the game for years and someone is playing a clever joke on Sark.
Or maybe you can play video games inside your blueprints. Trippy.
All of this raises a bizarre question: what if Pac-Man hadn’t been a massive hit? Or what if it had, but then never reached classic status? Would this Easter Egg have been lost to obscurity?
Indiana Jones at Club Obi Wan
Near the beginning of Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones meets up with snazzy-dressing crime lord Lao Che to trade ashes for a diamond, and where better to make an illicit, double-crossing trade than internationally renowned Club Obi Wan?
They have great music, and a sweet balcony you can jump off of.
Steve Martin Loves Pointy Birds No Matter What Movie He’s In
Oh, John Lillison. England’s greatest one-armed poet. He was the first person ever to be hit by a car, you know. He also wrote timeless classics like “In Dillman’s Grove” and “Pointy Birds,” the latter being the poem Steve Martin’s character recites briefly in The Man With Two Brains (which you can see above) in 1983. Of course, in 1991’s L.A. Story, his character Harris K. Telemacher also uses the poem to try to woo Victoria Tennant’s character Sara McDowel.
It’s a nice nugget for Martin fans, and clearly an incredibly romantic ode.
Aliens Have Been Fighting Predators Longer Than We Knew
Okay, so fans of Dark Horse Comics knew way back in 1989, but for those of us who stuck to the movies, 2004 became the year that Alien and Predator finally went at it in Alien vs. Predator (which is apparently almost exactly like Kramer vs. Kramer). That wasn’t the best cinematic outing for either sci-fi monster, but it had been foretold years before in Predator 2 where a xenomorph skull is clearly visible in the trophy room.
It turns out that man isn’t the most dangerous game after all.