Iconic Film Scenes and Their Original Inspirations

Remember the scene in The Shining where Jack Nicholson chopped down the door with an axe and saying "Heeere's Johnny"? Turns out it was inspired by a scene in the 1921 film The Phantom Carriage:

Filmed in 1921, The Phantom Carriage ranks with Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari as one of the most important silent horror films in cinematic history. A primary influence for countless filmmakers, especially Ingmar Bergman who supposedly watched it once every year, The Phantom Carriage pioneered the use of certain special effects and narrative flashbacks. In one scene, a man named David Holm is visited by his dead friend Georges, cursed to drive the phantom carriage ushering the dead to the afterlife for an entire year. In order to spare his friend from the same fate, Georges forces David to confront the sins of his past, including one incident when he was infected with tuberculosis and locked in a small room by his wife so he wouldn’t infect their family. In a drunken rage, he took an axe to the door, smashing it to pieces. The film inspired Stanley Kubrick to recreate the scene for his film The Shining.

TopTenz has 9 more famous scenes in the movies and their original inspirations: Link


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