10 Mind-Blowing Movie Facts That Many People Don’t Notice

A great movie doesn’t only tell a story through words but also through details. This can include something as small as a pattern on a wall or as prominent as an entire cornfield. With every detail, the film adds another layer to the story without the viewer really noticing. Many people have already watched these famous movies, but how many picked up on these easter eggs in them?

1. Silence of the Lambs (1991)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Anthony Hopkins
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Even though Silence of the Lambs, was released in 1991, it’s still terrifying. No person comes out unscathed from watching the film. The story is not the only unsettling part of the film; it’s how it’s told. Anthony Hopkins, who plays Hannibal Lecter, only blinks once throughout the film. This makes his character more unsettling and disturbing.

2. The Shining (1980)

The Shining (1980) Danny Lloyd
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The axe might be this movie’s main star, but viewers overlooked many other details elsewhere in the film. The director added multiple intricate details to make the audience feel uneasy. One of these was the carpet in the hotel hallway. Viewers might remember it from where Danny rides his tricycle in the hallway. Many never noticed how the carpet changed its pattern each time Danny passed by. This creates a sense of disorientation.

3. The Lord of the Rings (2001)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Orlando Bloom
Image Credit: New Line Cinema.

Legolas and Frodo are two of the most loved characters of this trilogy. Yet, many will be stunned when they learn how few interactions they had with each other. Throughout the trilogy, Legolas only says one sentence to Frodo. Even that sentence consists of only five words. What makes this more unbelievable is the lengthy run-time of all three films in the trilogy.

4. Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar (2014) Matthew McConaughey, Mackenzie Foy
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures.

The cornfield scene in this movie is a masterclass in cinematography and camera work. Viewers may be hard-pressed to believe that the cornfield didn’t exist before filming. Director Christopher Nolan couldn’t find any cornfields next to the mountains, so he did what any director would do. He and his team planted the corn themselves. Later, they even sold the corn to make additional profit.

5. Schindler’s List (1993)

Schindler's List (1993) Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley
Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

A movie’s budget includes set design, actors, and costumes. Hiring a costume designer and making each outfit look unique is challenging. Luckily, the designer for this movie decided to work smarter. An advertisement helped gather 20,000 costumes for the extras. People sold their clothing from the 1930s to the filmmakers. Most of the extras’ costumes you see in the movie are clothes that once belonged to somebody in Poland. This is a disturbing yet brilliant fact, considering the context of the film.

6. Pulp Fiction (1994)

Pulp Fiction (1994) Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta
Image Credit: Miramax Films.

The characters Jules and Vincent are tasked with retrieving a briefcase in the movie. Surprisingly, despite being such an essential item in the film, it remains mysterious. Even though the entire movie builds up to it, the briefcase is never opened on screen. Many theories revolve around what’s inside, but director Quentin Tarantino remains tight-lipped about its contents.

7. The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix (1999)
Image Credit: Warner Bros.

The green tint used throughout the movie is difficult to ignore. What many might have yet to discover is the reason behind the tint. The shade was not used just for the visual aesthetic of the film. It also gives the impression of a computer screen throughout the film. The infamous tint was provided with the help of a specialized “Matrix green” filter. This is a filter that many social media apps implement in one way or another in their cameras.

8. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Image Credit: Loew’s, Inc.

It turns out that getting colorful horses for the movie was no easy task. Painting the horses wasn’t an option since the chemicals would harm the animals. This resulted in the horses in Emerald City being colored with Jell-O crystals. Most viewers can’t guess what was used for the color and are surprised to learn the truth. The scenes had to be shot quickly since the horses kept licking the Jell-O off.

9. The Birds (1963)

The Birds (1963) Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren
Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

Any film enthusiast knows the expertise of director Alfred Hitchcock. They might not know that he appears in every film he directed, albeit in disguise. The Birds contains one of his most famous cameos. The viewers can see him leaving a pet shop with two little dogs. These dogs were his pets in real life as well.

10. The Truman Show (1998)

The Truman Show (1998)
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures.

Many meanings can be conveyed through just the colors in this film. From the movie’s beginning, viewers notice how Truman doesn’t belong with everyone else. This effect was created with the help of clothing colors. While all the other characters wore red or yellow, Truman wore only blue or white. It further highlights how he’s separate from the fake world.

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