10 Hidden Details In Opening Horror Movie Scenes

If there’s one thing filmmakers love more than anything else, it’s hiding little secrets in their movies. Well, that and getting paid for their work, but let’s not talk about that now.

Movie history is littered with minor details lurking in the background of shots, and the horror genre is no different.

Whether it’s nods to other movies, little hints of future plot points, or complete foreshadowings, some of your favorite horror movies have enough little hidden details to put where is Wally? to shame.

This is Where’s Waldo for our American readers. I don’t know why it’s different, but there you go.

Some horror movies don’t even wait that long to hit viewers with these subliminal messages. The following ten films all have secrets hidden from the start, with some even appearing in the opening frames.

Some will make you smile, some will give you goose bumps, and some will make you smack your forehead thinking “Why didn’t I see this the first time?”

Prepare your magnifying glasses and prepare to be blown away. You’ll never watch these movies the same way again.

Martin Scorsese’s 2010 psychological thriller/horror is one of those films that you have to watch several times to fully understand, which was definitely an artistic choice and not the director trying to sell more cinema tickets…

Joke, of course; this movie is really good.

Leonardo DiCaprio plays Teddy, a U.S. Marshal investigating a missing psychiatric patient on a remote island. However, as the film progresses, we discover that Teddy himself is the patient and his life as a police officer is a fantasy.

The film is full of hidden clues hinting at its eventual reveal. These teasers are evident early on, when the island guards react strangely to Teddy’s arrival.

It’s implied that they just don’t like strangers interfering in their business, but the truth is that they recognize Teddy and are alarmed that he managed to escape.

It’s a brilliant piece of prefiguration in a film that overflows with it. Right from the start, Shutter Island will have you questioning everything about the story and your own life too.

Have you ever thought that you might be a mental patient pretending to live a normal life? Watch this movie and you will.

Andrea G. Henderson