25 Bizarre Things Spotted In Movie Backgrounds

Posted by , Updated on November 8, 2017

One of the many magical elements in movies is how seamlessly they can take us out of our own world and teleport us into a new one. From frame to frame, we watch characters and stories unfold until the final conclusion. However, even the most carefully crafted film can have weird stuff appear in the background. Whether it’s a continuity error or random cameo that doesn’t make any sense, sometimes these weird background appearances can totally knock us out of the story. Are you ready to see what kind of crazy stuff appears in movies? Here are 25 Bizarre Things Spotted In Movie Backgrounds.


North by Northwest - Actor Forgets to Lean

north by northwestSource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmCCccdtBag

During a car riding scene in North by Northwest, Cary Grant and the actor playing a police officer next to him are sitting in the car with an obvious green screen background. When the car turns, the two actors are supposed to lean but the other actor forgets. So, Cary Grant gives him a little nudge to remind him.


Enter the Dragon - The Laughing Extra

enter the dragonSource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWJQ__Yu52o

In the movie Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee brutally beats his opponent with a few swift kicks. Afterward, if you look in the background, one of the extras watching it go down suddenly laughs.


Star Trek Into Darkness - R2-D2 Cameo

r2d2Source: http://io9.gizmodo.com

At around the one hour, seventeen minute mark, when the Enterprise is attacked by the Vengence, you might catch a barely noticeable cameo of R2-D2 in Star Trek Into Darkness.


Shaun of the Dead - Chris Martin Cameo

chris martin cameoSource: https://www.buzzfeed.com

In the final act of Shaun of the Dead, when all hell has broken loose around the main characters, and they’re surrounded by the undead, you might see Chris Martin from Coldplay making a cameo as a zombie.


Star Wars: The Phantom Menace - E.T. Cameo

et senateSource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAPUGq0VGWg

Star Wars toys are noticeably visible in Steven Spielberg’s E.T. and in return, George Lucas snuck in an E.T. cameo in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. During the senate scene, you’ll briefly see them cheering in one of those weird pods.


Ghostbusters - Ron Jeremy Cameo

ron jeremySource: http://www.neatorama.com

Blink and you’d miss it. In Ghostbusters, the porn legend Ron Jeremy shows up in the crowd as the containment unit explodes. It’s about an hour into the movie.


Pirates of the Caribbean - Crew Member Briefly Visible

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While Jack Sparrow is at the helm, sailing the ship, in the background you might briefly see a crew member wearing a white cowboy hat.


The Wizard of Oz - Dorothy Isn't Wearing Red Slippers

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In a scene where the scarecrow falls over, Dorthy looks rather distraught. However, even more distressing is she’s wearing black shoes rather than red ruby slippers. Where’d they go?


Tron - Pac-Man Easter Egg

tron pac manSource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgNIzXxA2Uk

In Tron, when Master Control Program is looking at the grid and says, “Get them!” There’s a little yellow Pac-Man hiding on the grid.


Ocean's Eleven - Magically Disappearing Cocktail Glass

oceans eleven cocktailSource: https://www.moviemistakes.com/film1774

When Linus and Rusty discuss Rusty’s observations, Linus has a cocktail glass in his hand. When the shot changes angles, he has a plate in his hand; when it changes again, the cocktail glass reappears.


Mr. Nanny - Dog Thrown in Ocean

mr nannySource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGoOweTRht4

While Hulk Hogan rides like a boss on his hog in the movie Mr. Nanny, you might see something kind of strange happening in the background. Briefly, a man is shown throwing a dog into the ocean. It’s all in the background, so Hogan doesn’t see it happening. But we do. And it’s terrifying.


The Emperor's New Groove - Changing Cactus

emperor grooveSource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiTiAJRvo5o

During the dinner scene when Kuzco is poisoned by Yzma, Yzma pours out her drink into a cactus plant. If you watch closely, the cactus plant transforms into the shape of a llama.


The Bourne Identity - Matt Damon Tries to Disappear

bourne identitySource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuuBc6WgO14

When Jason Bourne first gets off the boat at the beginning of the movie, he walks into the street where a truck drives behind him. In one quick moment, we’re lead to believe he vanishes without a trace. However, if you look closely, you’ll just see Matt Damon hiding behind the truck as it drives away.


The Goonies - Extra Paper

paperSource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PD6RJYGQp4

At the end of The Goonies, when the Goonies’ dad rips up the paper and throws it into the air, if you look closely, you’ll see a sudden burst of extra paper fly in the air.


The Little Mermaid - Goofy, Mickey, and Donald Cameo

little mermaidSource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGcE_PqzmHY

While King Triton swims over the crowd of subjects with his chariot pulled by three dolphins, among the crowd is Goofy, Mickey, and Donald. Because apparently, they can breathe water now.


Children of Men - Banksy Art in the Background

children of menSource: http://www.independent.co.uk

Alfonso Cuaron, director of Children of Men, apparently briefly met with the reclusive and mysterious artist Banksy. Banksy allowed Cuaron to use a mural of two men kissing in the movie.


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Sex Scene

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During the end credits of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, there are tiny footprints running around Maurader’s Map. If you look carefully, however, two other footprints in the bottom right corner look like they’re in the missionary position. Fans have presumed this is a hint of two Hogwarts students hooking up.


Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - Girl Hit by Candy Man

candy manSource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51MIw5JONKI

During the candy man scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, a girl is hit in the face when the Candy Man moves the counter door upward.


Jurassic Park - Sprinkler Above T-Rex

jurassic parkSource: http://jurassicpark.wikia.com/

In Jurassic Park, when it’s raining outside and the T-Rex is almost loose, there’s a shot of its head going up and if you look carefully, you can see a sprinkler pouring down the rain on the set.


Terminator 2 - Bendy Knife

BendyKnifeSource: https://www.moviemistakes.com/

In the bar fight scene in Terminator 2, a guy tries to stab the Terminator with a knife and the knife bends like a plastic prop knife.


Braveheart - Crew Member Spotted

braveheartSource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQx7BFo9fvA

In the scene where William Wallace is challenged, you can briefly see a crew member walking by in the background before the cut.


Titanic - Rose Swinging an Axe

titanic axeSource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kvy33z7baCU

In Titanic, when Rose frees Jack with an axe, the quick swing makes it look seamless, but if you look closer, she would have easily cut off his hand.


Monty Python and the Life of Brian - George Harrison Cameo

monty pythonSource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbZRNM-9RKo

In one scene in Monty Python and the Life of Brian, George Harrison makes a brief cameo dressed as an angry crowd member. Though, he looks pretty calm in comparison to the others.


Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi - Luke Skywalker Kick Fail

star wars jediSource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPE-6xs25s8

When Luke Skywalker is on the flying transport ship over the Sarlacc pit, he tries to kick one of his enemies but clearly misses. Meanwhile, Boba Fett is flying off in the background.


Spider-Man - Windows Heal Themselves

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In Spider-Man, when Mary Jane is mugged by two men, Spider-Man throws the men into the windows. When they cut back to a shot of Mary Jane, the windows magically heal themselves and are fixed.

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