Aside from repeating tropes, themes and plots, filmmakers also like to recycle background characters to ensure the human clutter behind the stars in every scene looks comfortably familiar to viewers.
This recycling and reuse of filler characters means your favorite background friends will be in every movie, like the steadfast shopper or the trucker who keeps on truckin' no matter what's happening on top of his truck.
Dorkly's JHALL brought six background characters into the spotlight with his illustrations, and once you've seen them all in cartoon form you'll be seeing them in every movie you watch!
Thanks to pop culture weapons are the first thing on everyone's mind when they think about survival during the end times, and that goes double for a zombie-related apocalyptic scenario.
But even though a biblical armageddon will never happen, and corpses will never rise from their graves to devour the living, people are preparing for an unknown future by making sure they're well armed.
If you're wondering what the weapons of that dark future might look like you should check out this gallery of Homemade Weapons with the tagline- when you can't buy a gun you can build one.
The only thing this gallery is missing is a link to info about each weapon, because some of those guns look too ridiculous to actually fire bullets!
Death by fear is one of the most effective tropes in visual media, and despite the fact that dying from fear related shock is extremely rare people can't help but be mystified by the prospect of a heart stopping scare.
But it's far more common for a person to die while scared rather than dying from fear itself, and just thinking about a scenario where your worst fears come true and seal your fate is enough to make your pulse quicken.
Cheryl Eddy began a Superlist on io9 with descriptions of The 10 Scariest Ways To Die, which became a much more super list thanks to input from readers.
Here's my favorite entry from Cheryl's list:
7. Your nemesis doses you with a poison that slows your breathing and heartbeat to barely perceptible levels; everyone, including medical professionals, thinks you’ve kicked the bucket. At your funeral, which you’re able to fully witness in your immobilized state, your nemesis leans over your living corpse and whispers all of his or her plans to ruin the lives of all the grieving loved ones you’ve left behind. In a Quentin Tarantino movie, you’d be able to break your way out of the grave and get sweet revenge. But this is real life, and since you can’t die of a rage overdose, you slowly suffocate in the subterranean darkness of your coffin instead.
Frank doesn't wear a skull emblazoned across his chest to look cool or up his street cred, because he doesn't need any help in these departments. He wears the skull to strike fear into his enemies before he makes them pay for their crimes in blood, reminding them all that the Punisher is the angel of death to the underworld. Ordinary people marvel at how Frank manages to escape with his life after wasting whole buildings full of scumbags, but Frank knows it's all just a matter of luck, intense training and never running out of ammo...
Show the world you've got some seriously good taste in superheroes with this Punish t-shirt by Legendary Phoenix, it'll knock your fellow Punisher fans dead!
Canadian filmmakers are often overshadowed by their American counterparts because Hollywood is the hub of the entertainment industry, and the press doesn't give our cousins to the north their dues.
But Canadian creators have been changing the face of the industry for decades, sharing their unique view of the world through visual media, and their visions are often far more interesting than the played out ideas presented by mainstream Hollywood movies.
The Canadian contribution to the horror genre is no less interesting or important, because Canada gave us David Cronenberg, genre influencing films like Cube and Ginger Snaps, and classics like Black Christmas and My Bloody Valentine.
When you're looking for a fright flick to watch this Halloween you should consider going Canadian, and if you like your horror dark and disturbing yet cerebral you can't go wrong with a Cronenberg!
Everybody's always going on about working for the weekend and thanking god it's friday, but if these workers lived in the same town as Jason Voorhees they'd be looking to work as many overtime hours as possible! With a psycho in a hockey mask lurking around your weekend isn't looking too safe, and that goes double if you're thinking about going camping near Crystal Lake, so save your TGIFs for when your job isn't the only thing keeping you alive...
Slay your fellow horror fans with this TGIF The 13th t-shirt by tomburns, it's the fashionable way to cut down on hump day depression in your office!
When you've spent years traveling back and forth through time it becomes hard to tell whether you're heading back to the future or forward to the past. Marty is a smart kid, with a good head on his shoulders, and even he has lost track of whether he's coming or going! Good thing he has Doc Brown looking over his shoulder, making sure he gets back to his version of Hill Valley, because without Doc Mr. McFly might run outatime!
Get geared up for a time traveling adventure, or for a time travel related movie night, with this Back In Time t-shirt by Stationjack, it's old school cool just like your favorite sci-fi movie franchise!
The Groovie Goolies could have easily existed in the same cartoon universe as Scooby Doo and the gang, but surprisingly it was actually a spin-off of The Sabrina the Teenage Witch Show.
With Drac on the organ, Frankie on drums and Wolfie on lead guitar-like instrument, the Groovie Goolies were totally hip and always ready to rock the stage for the fine freaks who called Horrible Hall home.
While they're not technically monsters like their creepy neighbors The Munsters, The Addams Family are creepy and kooky enough to be considered honorary monsters.
Riding high on their comeback thanks to the success of the movie adaptations, The Addams Family finally received a well-deserved animated series and introduced a whole new generation to the first family of the macabre.
Many classic '80s movies were transformed into animated series, but Teen Wolf stayed true to the movie and gave us a glimpse into the home life of the Wolf.
With his average middle class lycanthropic family at his side, Scott Howard tries to tackle his teen years without wolfing out every time he gets overexcited. The show was okay, but the intro was totally radical!
They were skating along the edge of the universe, riding high after recent victories and feeling like the most radical military unit ever. But then came the screaming which could be heard half a galaxy away, terror growing in the pits of their stomach as the unit members discovered they were being stalked like prey. The xenomorphs were like nothing they'd ever seen before, and the sight of them made the screams come whether you willed it or not, your body's knee-jerk reaction to coming face-to-face with the galaxy's ultimate killing machine...
Aliens have never been so radical! Bring home this The Hand That Feeds t-shirt by Jehsee and watch the faces of your fellow fans melt with envy!
If you're traveling around the galaxy or whatever and you come across the gross looking old dude in this holofeed fight the urge to puke and report a Rick Sanchez sighting to the authorities. Seriously, this guy is a total menace who should be locked up because he's always taking my brother, I mean his grandson, on seriously messed up adventures that seem to be messing with the fabric of time.
Spread the word about the schwiftiest individual in the entire space-time continuum with this Free Rick Sanchez t-shirt by Outlawalien, wear his crimes like a badge of glory without all the guilt!
Doc Brown never thought he'd see the day when he lived to see that day when he and Marty arrived in the Hill Valley of the future, October 21st, 2015. There was something very different about the real life future day that truly set it apart from the future day they experienced after traveling nearly thirty years into the future, but he couldn't quite put his finger on it. But then he saw a gaggle of hipsters twisting their moustaches and guffawing as they walked down the sidewalk, and a kid nearly took out Doc's legs with his skateboard on wheels. Doc Brown exclaimed "Great Scott!" as he realized the biggest difference between the real future day and the one they'd seen- no Biff!
Take your style back to the good old days of sci-fi cinema with this Doc Brown - Great Scott! t-shirt by zer0patollo, and let your shirt do all the exclaiming for you!
The art of seduction is full of subtle physical cues, subtly probing conversation and subconscious chemistry tests, or you can just skip the song and dance and drop a pickup line on whomever you like.
This method has a very low rate of success, but the recipient of your fabricated flirtation will definitely remember your attempt, no matter how feeble.
People took to the Reddits and shared some of the most creative ways they've been hit on, which generally involved some sort of "smooth" line that earned the line dropper a permanent place in the recipient's memory banks. Talk may be cheap, but at least it's free.
David Cronenberg took the frightening scientific theories presented in the original version of The Fly and ran off into a dark corner with them, adding horrifying special effects to a tale that was already especially horrible to imagine.
The 1986 version of The Fly isn't like other reboots because it actually improves on the original film, and the disturbing special effects by Chris Walas, who won an Oscar for his work on the film, are still horrifying to behold nearly thirty years later.
Speaking of horrifying, Geena Davis was so horrified while filming the scene where Seth's ear falls off that her look isn't acting, because she was genuinely disgusted by the effect. Now that's Oscar worthy!
Halloween doesn't corrupt young minds or threaten the moral fabric of our society, and yet those who feel threatened by Halloween keep trying to convince us that the holiday is inherently evil.
Those who oppose Halloween because of their religious beliefs present an especially zealous portrayal of Halloween as a Satanism gateway drug, which the fearful eat up like candy.
A Chicago preacher dressed up like the Devil created this cautionary video warning "dumb Christians who have Halloween parties in their churches" (his words, not mine) about the evils of Samhain, the Devil's holiday.
They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and....ooops! That's the wrong show, this one's about some wild haired madman named Freddy Frankenstein and his wild eyed assistant Eye-Gor. Well, they're still creepy and kooky and such, but unlike the Addams these folks are actually living the movie monster lifestyle. There's a Creature who's a real cut-up, especially when he's dancing the night away like a strapping young monster, and there's a really strong supporting cast which includes a brain in a jar who won an Oscar back in 1974, or was it 75....
Commemorate your favorite creature comedy with this The Doctor, The Creature, The Eye-Gor And The Abby Normal t-shirt by CarloJ1956, it's a real scream!
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Their silhouettes and odd pointy bits might make you think they're bad guys, but Mordecai and Rigby are just two totally regular dudes who work in the park and party like animals. Now don't let that normalcy fool you, because these bros get in to more than their fair share of wild adventures and woolly capers, the kind of stuff that would make a great TV show...
Get geared up for some regular life episodes with this The Adventures Of Mordecai And Rigby t-shirt by Dr Roger, it's the perfect shirt to throw on when you're out doin' stuff, like a real hero.
It's safe to say crocodiles and jaguars are two of the deadliest, and coolest looking, predators on the planet, and they should have a mutual respect for each other due to their respective body counts.
But this hungry jaguar has no time for niceties, and he would literally kill for a crocodile sandwich.
The church was flooded when the dam that formed the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir was built in 1966, but the church was originally abandoned way back in the 1770s due to plague.
Despite it's dark history the Temple of Santiago is seen as an important historical landmark to the people of the Quechula region, and they're delighted to have their landmark back until the reservoir's water levels rise again.
You'd think employees working for a huge tech company like Google would earn enough money to afford an apartment at very least, but Google's main offices are located in San Francisco, one of the world's most expensive cities to live in.
So how does an employee make ends meet and keep their dream job? An employee named Brandon thinks he has the answer- stop paying rent and live in the back of a truck.
Brandon bought a moving truck for $10,000 and now sleeps in the back, eating his meals in the Google cafeteria and showering in the Google gym.
It's lacking all the comforts of home, but Brandon expects to pay off a significant chunk of his student loans this year so he's trading comfort for financial peace of mind.
If you're looking for a true-to-life human life simulator then The Sims isn't your cup of digital tea, but if you embrace the inherent strangeness found when The Sims are left to their own devices then real life may pale in comparison.
Sims strangeness is generally whimsical and kept T for Teen, but as you'd expect from a video game that simulates real life things can get mighty dark, like killing a Sim by drowning him then make other Sims wear swimwear to his funeral dark.
People who were willing to confess to their Sims related crimes shared some of their darkest moments playing The Sims during an Ask Reddit session, and their answers were funny, horrifying and horrifyingly funny! (Contains NSFW language)
Everyone assumes being a Guardian of the galaxy is a full time job, but there's actually a lot of downtime between battles with super villains and mad titans. The Guardians were going a bit stir crazy sitting around waiting for some intergalactic scumbag to set an evil plan into action, so they decided to form a band. Star-Lord had always been a big fan of rock 'n' roll, so he showed the rest of the crew how to properly rock someone's face off, and before they knew it they had recorded a groundbreaking marvel of an album called Infinity Days. Taking a note from an animated Earth band called Gorillaz they decided to replace the -s with a -z and pose in profile for the album cover, and the rest is superheroic rock history!
Get geared up for the greatest concert that will never happen, bring home this Guardianz: Infinity Days t-shirt by Kent Cribbs and pretend you went to the Guardianz first concert!
Well before George Lucas "fixed" mistakes in his movies by adding cheesy CGI characters and effects then eliminating the original cut he and the original Star Wars trilogy crew simply left them all in.
These mistakes became geeky easter eggs for fans to discover and discuss online, but most of these nerfherded scenes were originally left in the films because it would have cost too much to re-shoot the scenes.
Screen Rant is back with another entertaining compilation of cinematic calamities, this time focusing on the original Star Wars trilogy to reveal mistakes we might have missed. Who knew Jedis had to plug in their lightsabers?!
I wish I could say this switcheroo is a joke, or a horrible accident, but it's not. This is what happens when you anger the Cartoon Gods, and your animated life becomes a cruel joke. The switch is probably worse for poor Ariel, who will now spend the rest of her toon life as a dried up and unloved old sponge, because Bob still has lots of friends to hang out with under the sea. And, to be fair, every one of Mr. Squarepants' "friends" have always seen him as a bit of an offbeat character...
Make 'em laugh with this incredibly ridiculous Little Merbob Maidpants mashup t-shirt by Cart00nlion, it's sure to put smiles on the faces of your fellow cartoon fans!
Great Scott! It's October 21st, 2015, the day Marty McFly arrived in that Hill Valley of the future, where kids rode hoverboards and strange street gangs hung out at Cafe 80s.
Our real future might not live up to the one presented in that classic movie series, but these Back to the Future themed t-shirts from the NeatoShop definitely live up to their reputation for greatness!