Some movies are so epic and amazing that we just can’t help rewinding and pausing scenes to catch another glimpse. Some scenes in movies, though, actually warrant pauses that leave us confused, mind-boggled, and even questioning our very existence. Some movies with epic pause scenes include:
- Jurassic World,
- The Exorcist.
Sometimes, filmmakers leave little nuggets for fans to find in their movies. These little nuggets or Easter eggs make it a lot of fun for movie watchers to go back and pause certain scenes.
Here are 16 of the most paused scenes in popular movies ever.
1. In Star Wars: A New Hope, you can actually see a stormtrooper on the right hit his head on the door as he walks out. Later, George Lucas added a sound effect in the special edition of the movie so that the moment was part of the scene.
2. In Jurassic World, there is a scene in which a man holding two margaritas tries desperately to salvage his drinks as he runs for cover while dinosaurs attack. What most people don’t know about this hilarious little moment in the film is that it was actually an Easter egg left behind by the makers of the movie. The man in this scene is Jimmy Buffett, who sings the famous song Margaritaville, and even launched a chain of restaurants with the very same name.
3. Any avid movie lover knows that this scene in Basic Instinct may be one of the most famously paused scenes in movie history, which is a reason it earned its spot on this list.
4. In the first Iron Man movie, a prototype of the Captain America shield can be seen just behind Tony Stark as he takes off his suit for the first time.
5. In this scene in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Phoebe Cates’ character steps out from a swimming pool and slowly begins to take her top off. The camera cuts away just seconds before the top comes off completely, but this particular moment made this scene one of the most paused moments in movie history.
6. In the first Indiana Jones movie, a fly lands on Paul Freeman’s face. It even goes into his mouth, never reappearing. To this day, fans wonder why this scene was left in the movie. What I’d like to know is what happened to the fly.
7. In Man of Steel, the Wayne Enterprises logo can be seen on a satellite in space, revealing to avid DC fans that Batman actually exists in this movie’s universe.
8. Brad Pitt’s character Tyler Durden actually appears momentarily in multiple frames of Fight Club. If you’re not paying close enough attention, you’ll miss it, but if you pause at the right moments, you can catch a glimpse of Pitt’s character in several frames.
9. In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Luke stands beside an oddly-shaped rock at the end of the movie. Fans have speculated on what the stone could possibly be, while others theorize that it looks like a gravestone. This particular scene has been heavily debated among fans all over the world.
10. This scene from The Wolf Of Wall Street, much like the infamous Basic Instinct scene, drew much attention from movie goers. Margot Robbie’s character sits on the floor with her legs spread out for just a few seconds, and it’s enough to make people pause this particular scene for years to come.
11. A scene from David Cronenberg’s movie Scanners shows a rather gory account of a man’s head completely exploding. Fans of the movie have since spent time attempting to pause this scene at just the right moment to catch a perfect glimpse of the exploding head.
12. Rumor has it that if you pause this particular scene in Pulp Fiction at just the right time and look hard enough, you may or may not be able to catch a glimpse of Bruce Willis’ nether regions.
13. Most people probably missed this little Easter egg hidden in the last few seconds of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. If you pause this scene at just the right moment, the frame of a skull overlaps Norman’s face. The scene is at the very end of the movie, and only lasts for about half a second. If you don’t pause it at the right time, you’ll miss it!
14. In The Exorcist, director William Friedkin inserted the face of Pazuzu (the demon in the movie) into random frames. If you pause a few scenes at just the right time, you’ll be able to see the demonic face.
15. This scene in 1977’s Star Wars may be one of the most heavily debated scenes among Star Wars fans. Most fans believe that in the 1977 version of the film, Han Solo was the first to shoot at bounty hunter Greedo, but since being re-released, this scene has been changed multiple times. So did Han really shoot first? Who knows.
16. This scene from Before I Go To Sleep shows a glimpse of Nicole Kidman’s character completely in the buff. Although you can’t see her naked completely, it’s still a pause-worthy scene that movie lovers try to dissect.