Today I thought I would go through a list of movies that had some hidden messages in them that you may not have known about. When making a movie, there are literally hundreds of people who help to make the film from script to screen. With that said certain directors, special effects gurus, and editors insert hidden messages into their films from time to time. Now just so you know what I am talking about, I’m not talking about the Egyptian etching of R2-D2 and C-3PO in Raiders of the Lost Ark, or The Bride’s “Fuck You” sneaker soles in Kill Bill, Vol 1. No I’m talking about something totally different. So let’s get started.
Movie: Lion King
When Simba flops down on a Cliffside, a cloud of dust is pushed out into the air. For a brief second, 3 letters appear. For years people said it spelled SEX and was intended to promote sexuality to children. However, the animators claimed the letters were intended to spell SFX as a nod to the special effects department. No one knows what the original intention was or if they came up with the SFX story after the fact because of the outrage from concerned parents.
Movie: Eyes Wide Shut
After arriving at the mansion, Tom Cruise witnesses a stanic ritual. “Masked Ball” plays during the satanic ritual, and includes a backwards Orthodox Romanian liturgy which reads “And God told to his apprentices, I gave you a command to pray to the Lord for the mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, the search, the leave, and the forgiveness of the sins of God’s children. The ones that pray, they have mercy and they take good care of this holy place.”
Movie: Fight Club
Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) reveals that while working as a film projectionist, he would intentionally splice images of male genitalia into films. For the movie, the director did the same, in addition to one stand alone penis picture, he also included 4 brief flashes of Durden (Brad Pitt) in scenes prior to the character’s official introduction. The purpose was to show that the “hero was creating Tyler Durden in his own mind so he exists only on the periphery of the narrator’s consciousness”
Movie: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Christina Aapplegate visits a Mexican restaurant with other women from KVWN Channel 4 to plot a practical joke to get even with Ron Burgandy and the rest of the news team. The restaurant they visit is the “Escupimos en su Alimento” which in Spanish means “we spit in your food”
Movie: The Matrix Reloaded
In the Matrix trilogy, many vehicle plates are shorthand references to religious scriptures. At the beginning of Reloaded, Agent Smith’s license plate reads “IS5416” which is Isaiah 54:16 “Behold, I have created the smith, who blows the fire of coals, and produces a weapon for its purpose. I have also created the ravager to destroy.” Also in the highway chase, Trinity’s Cadillac plate is “DA203” which is Daniel 2:03 “He said to them, ‘I have had a dream that troubles me and I want to know what it means.’”
Movie: King Kong 2005 remake
Just before reaching Skull Island, SS Venture captain Englehorn intercepts a coded message calling for the arrest of Carl Denham. Yet the audible code does not actually say anything about an arrest and instead reads; “Show me the monkey!”
While headed to the sun, the Icarus II crew receive a distress signal from the missing Icarus I. When they board, their flashlights periodically shine into the camera. Each time, about 49 min into the film, the director spliced in hidden frames of the Icarus I crew members. They are pictures of a happy Hawaiian-themed party that took place before the events leading to the floundering of Icarus I.
In the final moments of the movie Rob and Beth seek refuge under Central Parks Greyshot Arch. Just after, an air raid strike buries the couple in rubble from the bridge, presumably killing the monster. However, in the film credits, there is a 5-second, piece of garbled audio recording sounding like a military mission report which clearly states “It’s still alive”. It also contains 3 hidden frames from the movies Them!, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, and King Kong.