Moviemakers sometimes pay extra attention to detail and they make sure to test our own as well. Whether through characters’ costumes, sets, extras or simply a name, film creators manage to leave subtle hints that foreshadow a future event. Usually fans only find out about them once they’ve watched them mutiples times but that’s exactly what makes rewatching flicks so exciting.
Now I’ve Seen Everything went in search of unexpected clues in popular movies and found a few that could leave you wide-eyed. Check them out!
Shirt pattern on Back to the Future II
Attentive fans of the trilogy noticed that in Back to the Future 2, Doc’s shirt design foreshadows the events in the next film. It depicts 2 horses chasing a steam train, while in Back to the Future III we are shown the times of Wild West where Dr. Emmett and Marty are trying to hijack a train.
The background in Don’t Look Up
At the moment when the characters decide to seek help from the media, they pass by a promoter wearing a dino costume. It’s in this scene where Kate says to her boyfriend that a comet, which is bigger in size than the asteroid that destroyed dinosaurs, is heading toward Earth. This is how the director gave a visual hint at the catastrophe that will happen in the final. Moreover, the creator of the movie wanted to remind the audience about the real issue — climate change on our planet.
Labels on clothes in Spencer
Each one of Princess Diana’s outfits arrives at Sandringham Estate with a label that has a sign for where she is supposed to wear it — to church, to Christmas dinner, etc. Thus, viewers learn that the tiniest details of Diana’s looks were chosen, approved, and controlled by others in advance. However, in the movie Diana is shown breaking the rules and wearing a bright red coat that wasn’t meant for Christmas Eve church services.
The name and the ring in Last Night in Soho
This movie is a bright example of how scriptwriters revealed the final at the very beginning of the movie. When Ms. Collins, the house owner, talks to her future tenant for the first time, she introduces herself as Alexandra. This is an important hint because later we learn that Sandy’s (the girl whose destiny the main character is trying to find out) real name is also Alexandra.
Another more obvious hint is Sandy’s noticeable ring. It can be seen on the house owner’s finger as well.
Mia’s shoes at the La La Land ball
One of the most memorable scenes in La La Land occurs when the characters played by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone have their roadside dance. A subtle, but significant detail during that scene is that Stone’s character takes off her heels and changes into tap shoes.
While it may not seem to say much at first, it turns out that the character doesn’t wear heels again until the end of their relationship, symbolizing the great effort she made to fit in with him.
The name in The Lion King
The name of the main antagonist in The Lion King is Scar. But it’s actually the nickname that he got for his appearance. The Scar’s real name given to him at birth is Taka meaning “waste” in Swahili. It predicts the destiny of this evil character.
Blues glasses and the cat in The Matrix Resurrections
Psychotherapist Neo who turns out to be the architect of the Matrix wears blue-framed glasses. They act as his personal blue pill to some extent — the architect sees the artificial world created by him. Also, the character’s blue cat named Deja-vu hints at the fact that this character hides danger — its reappearance in the first part of the franchise was a sign of a malfunction in the Matrix.
The demon’s name in The Conjuring 2
In order to beat the powerful demon that terrorizes people, you have to call him by his name — Valak. It is interesting that in the film, the name can be seen several times but the characters don’t notice it.
Bulls in Dune
At the beginning of the flick, a figurine of a matador and a bull’s head appear in the frame. These are family heirlooms. As it is explained to the viewers, Duke Leto’s father was a matador and he had an accident during corrida. That’s why a bull serves as a sign of bad luck in the flick. It’s at the bull’s head under the ceiling of his dining room where Duke Leto looks at before his last dialogue with the main enemy — Baron Harkonnen.
A drawing in Saw
At the beginning of the film, the viewers see John Kramer at the hospital for just a couple of seconds. Of course, a few people noticed a drawing in the right corner. But this drawing shows one of the deadly traps that was developed for the victims by the main antagonist. This is one of the obvious hints from the director about the person who is the main villain in the movie.
The wedding dress in House of Gucci
Patrizia Reggiani’s wedding dress was a bit more modest in real life than the one Lady Gaga donned in the flick. To some extent, this outfit with its large neckline and lace was able to immediately demonstrate to viewers, who may be unfamiliar with the story, how far Patrizia is from fitting into the house of Gucci in terms of taste as well as being part of this family.
The quidditch uniform in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
In the first 2 films about Harry Potter, the quidditch players didn’t have numbers on their uniforms. For the first time, the numbers appear in The Prisoner of Azkaban and then we see them clearly in the 6th film. This was a hint that Harry was Voldemort’s 7th horcrux.
Do you instantly notice the hints that movie creators hide?