10 Incredibly Cool Movie Easter Eggs To Hunt For


See You Next Wednesday, John Landis

So an astronaut’s father in 2001: A Space Odyssey says, “See You Next Wednesday” over a video call and it effects John Landis so deeply that he includes it in a ton of his movies? That’s the story. He even wrote a script with that title, and it’s something that needs to be made immediately.

From his first movie, Schlock, to An American Werewolf in London (where it’s a non-stop orgy of a porno) to The Blues Brothers to The Kentucky Fried Movie (where SYNW is a soap opera in “feel-around”) to Trading Places (where Jamie Lee Curtis gets a little pornographic in front its poster) to the Michael Jackson “Thriller” video…he used it a ton. It should also be noted that Landis therefore also included a ton of movie posters in his movies in general. Dude is a huge movie fan. Time to watch his entire catalog and see if you can spot all the SYNW references.

For more 2001 fun, see if you can spot it in A Clockwork Orange.

The Skinny Kid in Rushmore

Leave it to Wes Anderson to create an Easter Egg within a single movie. The skinny kid is all over the place – most prominently in the dream-like Diving Scene. Spend the movie watching out for him, and see if you can explain the physics that allows for him to be in two places at once during the Cotillion.

E.T.s Phone Home in Star Wars

George Lucas and Steven Spielberg work together all the time, and both are fans of cross-over moments in movies. It’s no surprise when C-3PO and R2-D2 wind up in an Indiana Jones movie or when Elliot plays with Star Wars toys in E.T. Somehow, those worlds collide again in Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace when politicians from the E.T. home planet show up in the galactic senate.

What does that mean? That their people have been around a long, long time. Not pictured: the giant pile of Reese’s Pieces. Because they hadn’t been invented yet.

Shopping at Lone Pine Mall

Yes, this list is getting a little Spielberg-heavy. But that can’t be all that surprising. He’s a big fan of including subtle stuff in his movies that take a keen mind to catch. For instance – in the first parking lot sequence in Back to the Future, Marty catches up with Doc Brown at Twin Pines Mall. When he heads back to 1955, he lands at Twin Pines Ranch and runs over one of the Peabody’s pines in the process of trying not to get shot to death. Back in the present/future, the mall changes names.

For an even deeper Easter Egg, Old Man Peabody calls his son Sherman – a reference to the time traveling dog and boy from Rocky and Bullwinkle (which is being developed as a new feature film, by the way).

Your Neighbor In Toy Story 3 or Pixar is the King of All Easter Eggs

There are technically Easter Eggs all over the place in Toy Story movies – just from the toys alone – but it was nice to see Pixar pay homage to the masters of Japanese animation by including the Studio Ghibli character Totoro in the third film. From the Pizza Planet truck to A113 showing up, it would be difficult to list all the Pixar Easter Eggs (which is why it’s nice that /film works hard at it).

Bonus Easter Eggs: Danny Glover being too old for this shit in Maverick and the complete works of J.J. Abrams. Happy Hunting!

What are your favorites? What else should we be trying to find?

Editor’s Note: This list was compiled with help and advice from Nathan Adams, Kate Erbland, Kevin Carr and Adam Charles.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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