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13 horror movie easter eggs you might have missed

September 06 2017, 12:24 PM EDT Alternative Press Photographer:

  • Tim Curry Pennywise amongst a hoard of clown dolls: In the center, just to the left of the rags covering something, there’s a little doll of Pennywise from the ‘90s TV version of the film. That’s a whole lot of nope for one room. [Photo: New Line Cinema]
  • ‘Bride Of Chucky’ implying there’s one horror universe: We love it when a movie universe comes together. For those of you that may have missed it, in ‘Bride Of Chucky’ in the police station, when the camera pans, you can see in the evidence lockers the following: Michael Meyers’ mask (‘Halloween’), Freddy Kreuger’s glove (‘Nightmare On Elm Street’), Jason Voorhee’s mask (‘Friday 13th’), Leatherface’s chainsaw (‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’). [Photo: Midwinter Production]
  • Wes Craven’s cameo in ‘Scream’: Now, directors cameoing in their own films is nothing new. But what Wes Craven did was nothing short of genius. You briefly see the janitor mopping the hallway when the principal of ‘SCHOOL’ peeks into the hallway. [Photo: Dimension Films]
  • Freddy Kreuger’s media empire in ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’ and ‘Freddy Vs. Jason’: In the original ‘Nightmare On Elm Street,’ when Johnny Depp’s character is listening to the radio, the station is KRGR. Familiar letters, right? In ‘Freddy Vs. Jason,’ the TV station that breaks the news about the first murder is also known as KRGR. Look out Rupert Murdoch, Kreuger’s on your tail. [Photo: New Line Cinema]
  • Saw’s Billy The Puppet in ‘Insidious’: That’s right; there’s a little drawing of everyone’s favourite creepy AF doll in ‘Insidious.’ [Photo: Blumhouse Production]
  • The Wes Craven/Sam Raimi back and forth: Get ready for this one because it gets a bit intense. So, in Wes Craven’s original ‘The Hills Have Eyes’ (1977), there’s a ripped Jaws poster which was purported to represent Craven’s film being scarier than one of the then scariest films of the time, which leads us to this image in Sam Raimi’s ‘Evil Dead.’ In the background there’s a torn ‘Hills Have Eyes Poster,’ inferring Raimi thought ‘Evil’ was scarier than ‘Hills,’ which leads too… [Photo: New Line Cinema]
  • …’Evil Dead’ in ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’…: In the original ‘Nightmare On Elm Street,’ when Nancy is trying to stay awake, she’s watching Raimi’s ‘Evil Dead,’ but alas she falls asleep implying that ‘Evil Dead’ is too tame to keep someone awake — which leads to… [Photo: New Line Cinema]
  • Freddy’s glove appearing in ‘Evil Dead II’: Right there, in the shed, just hanging all chill. And that was the end of the Craven/Raimi back and forth. [Photo: Renaissance Pictures]
  • The motherload of Easter egg references in ‘Cabin In The Woods’: In the pivotal scene of the film, where we learn that it’s a sacrificial cabin, pretty much every monster you can think of is held ready in cages to serve. Too many to list but once you see this scene, you’ll understand that the directors sure as heck paid homage to as many films as possible. [Photo: Mutant Enemy Productions]
  • When ‘Halloween H2O’ threw back to ‘Psycho’: In the scene that features none other than Janet Leigh, who played Marion in ‘Psycho,’ there is also the exact same car that she drove in the film — right down to the number plate. [Photo: Dimension Films]
  • Billy The Puppet pops up again, this time in ‘Dead Silence’: Look who it is. For a brief second in the attic of Mary Shaw, you can see Billy from ‘Saw’ — not to be confused with Billy The Puppet from the same film. [Photo: Burg/Koules/Hoffman Production]
  • An Alien skull in ‘Predator 2’… before ‘Alien vs. Predator’: Here’s a skull aboard the Predator’s spaceship, in the pretty creepy trophy cabinet, amongst some other unnamed skulls, including human ones. [Photo: Silver Pictures]
  • The original Easter egg in ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’: It’s purported that this is where the term Easter egg originated. The cast and crew had a literal Easter egg hunt, but some were so well hidden they remained in the film — hence Easter egg. [Photo: Huffington Post/Michael White Productions]

By Steven Loftin

With the new iteration of Stephen King’s ‘IT’ now in theatres and Halloween just around the corner, it’s officially horror movie season.

The world of horror is rife with callbacks and nods to past films, so as you start your horror movie marathon, see if you can spot these Easter eggs. Warning: Above there are clowns — and spoilers.

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