Best Film Easter Eggs
It’s Easter! And rather than giving you the best places to eat chocolate, we thought we give you a run-down of some of the best Easter Eggs to ever hit cinema. Some are subtle, some are bleeding obvious, but they’re usually sure to raise a smirk and a chuckle.
If you’re not sure what an ‘Easter Egg’ in film is – it’s essentially an object, an image or a dialogue that’s been specifically dropped subtly into a scene somewhere to reference another something else/another film. Get it? No? Well, you will once you read our list of the best of them!
Starbucks Cups in Fight Club
This is a pretty infamous one but if you didn’t know, every single scene in Fight Club features a Starbucks-branded cup. Seriously, every single scene. Some are harder to spot than others but believe us, they’re there. As the film deals with the idea that consumerism has taken over our lives and giant corporations are subconsciously duping us, it actually kind of makes sense!
X Marks Death in The Departed
Apparently inspired by Howard Hawks’ original 1932 version of Scarface which did the same thing, Martin Scorsese decided to add an ‘X’ in some way or another to precursor the death of every character in The Departed. There are a lot of deaths, so we’re certain we haven’t made this one up! Once you go back and watch the Oscar-winning masterpiece, you’ll be kicking yourself that you never saw it before.
Where’s Wally in Apocalypto
So this is where things get weird, and trust Mel Gibson to be at the forefront of it! While Apocalypto is a genuinely brutal movie about the end of the Mayan civilisation, for some inexplicable reason, Gibson decided to put the great children’s book character Wally from Where’s Wally? in the film. Not only did he put him in, he put him lying on top of a mass grave full of dead bodies. Your guess is as good as ours!
Batman/Superman Logo in I Am Legend
In Will Smith’s I Am Legend, amongst the ruins of New York City, you can quite clearly see a movie poster for what looks like a Batman/Superman movie. While at the time the poster sent comic geeks everywhere into a frenzy, it was actually just a throwaway joke from producer Akiva Goldsman, who was once involved with a Superman/Batman crossover film. Little did they know…
R2-D2 and C-3P0 in Raiders of the Lost Ark
This one is another classic – when at the Well of Souls in Raiders of the Lost Ark, you can quite clearly see hieroglyphics of R2-D2 and C-3P0 next to Indi! Given George Lucas was responsible for the creation of both franchises, we’d be annoyed if there wasn’t at least one egg in the films!
R2-D2 in Star Trek
But R2-D2 wasn’t content with just two franchises, he wanted more sci-fi action and makes the subtlest of cameos JJ Abrams’ Star Trek reboot in 2009. When slowed down and zoomed in, you can quite clearly see him racing across space amidst some spacey debris. This was obviously a precursor to Abrams Force Awakens!
Alien in Predator 2
While this was actually a warning to the ruining of two much loved franchises, it’s still pretty awesome; In Predator 2, when Danny Glover discovers the Predator’s trophy room, one of the skulls on display has clearly been taken from a Xenomorph from the Alien films. This was the first time it had been made clear both creatures were a part of the same universe, so while it’s a fairly obvious one, it’s still pretty cool. If only they’d left there…
E.T. in The Phantom Menace
But our favourite film Easter Egg of all time takes place in one of the most disappointing films of all time, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. In the Senate sequences on Coruscant, when Queen Amidala calls for a vote of no-confidence in Chancellor Valorum, you can quite visibly see three aliens which look the spitting image of E.T. We’re going to let our imagination run wild and just assume E.T.’s home was Coruscant all along!