Thursday, July 10, 2008

Haven't I Seen That Before?

Are you ever watching a horror film and during a certain scene get a sudden sense of deja vu? You have seen this before, but you can't remember where. Filmmakers, especially horror filmmakers, who have a deep love for the genre, tend to put clever little winks and nods into their own films. Sometimes, they even replicate an entire scene from their favorite classic horror film. Quentin Tarantino tends to do this quite often, which angers some. I personally love to see directors throw little references in their films. Little things that only diehard lifelong fans will be able to pick out. So let's pick some out!

Eli Roth comes from the Tarantino school of thought. You can catch many many horror references in his films, namely Cabin Fever. This one's rather obvious if you've seen both films, but the perfect example to show ya what I mean.

In one of the final scenes in Cabin Fever, Jeff, the sole survivor of the flesh eating virus, is triumphant. He has been spared. He's survived the whole messy ordeal and nothing can stop him. He's on top of the world. Until the pigs show up. Thinking Jeff is infected, or perhaps just a tad bit too trigger happy, they shoot Jeff dead and toss his body into the fire.

Where have we seen that before?

Ah yes, George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead. This time it's Ben. After surviving a zombie outbreak, Ben is shot down by a bunch of pigs and yep, tossed onto a fire.

Eli Roth, obviously a big fan of Night of the Living Dead, rehashed the ending to the film for his own film debut. An homage. It's not Roth running out of ideas and stealing an ending from another film to meet his deadline like some people seem to think. And Night of the Living Dead is not the only film he homaged. Cabin Fever also contains references to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Shining, The Thing, and even Tommy Boy. Can you spot them? Leave a comment if you can.

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