Moviemaking is an extremely collaborative process - where hundreds of people contribute to a film as it journeys from script to screen. Even though a project's success or failure is often attributed to the strengths and shortcomings of the writer, director, and principle cast, countless professionals leave their mark on every feature film. However, from time to time, those marks are a bit more literal - as certain directors, special effects gurus, and editors have inserted hidden messages into fan-favorite films. In honor of these sly moviemakers, we've compiled a list of our favorites.
To be clear, movies on our list are more than simple easter eggs (such as the Egyptian etching of R2-D2 and C-3PO in Raiders of the Lost Ark), set/costume designs that might not have been an actual "message" to the audience (like the The Bride's "F*** You" sneaker soles in Kill Bill, Vol. 1), or Illuminati/thematic abstractions about the "true meaning" behind a particular film (i.e. Harry Potter is a platform for anti-family subliminal messaging). For our purposes, we're focusing on frames, text, and audio that is literally hidden in each movie.
That said, the†list is not all-inclusive, so once you've had a chance to read our picks, share your favorite hidden movie messages in the comments.