There are some movies within our culture that are so iconic that the scenes in these movies will never be forgotten. To ensure this we reference these scenes in other movies as a reminder of how great these movies really were and how much we reference them on a regular basis. Below I will list off 5 popular movie scenes and other films that paid homage to them.
Scarface-“Say Hello to my little friend”
Scarface is a movie that goes down in movie history. This movie’s most memorable scene will have to be the very ending when Tony Montana decides to shoot everyone who has betrayed him. He does this by coming out with a huge gun and saying ‘Say hello to my little friend”. This quote is so memorable that it is used even today in different media.
One movie that referenced this scene is Running Scared. In the end of this movie a pimp named Lester proclaimed this infamous line before pulling out his gun and shooting it. While Running Scared is a pretty good movie, hearing this line once again brought back memories.
Psycho- Shower Scene
If there is anything this 1960’s Hitchcock film is that when there is a killer on the loose, the shower is the last place you want to be. This famous scene was paid homage to in several other films, many of them being horror films.
One movie that paid a pretty disturbing homage to the psycho shower scene is in The Grudge. While she is showering and not worrying about being stabbed, there is however a very weathered and disturbing hand massaging her hair with her. This scene is just as creepy as the original shower scene.
The shining- “Here’s Johnny!”
The famous scene in the shining with Jack Nicholson chopping down the bathroom door with an ax right before he peaks his head in and manically say’s “Here’s Johnny”, is a scene that will never be forgotten. In fact, this line is regularly stated on TV shows and films.
One unexpected film that paid homage to this famous scene is in the movie Finding Nemo. While our main character Nemo and his frien Dory are trying to escape from a shark named Brucie, he finally reaches them and exclaims “Here’s Brucie!” Since Nemo is running for his life from this character, it is safe to say that this was a direct homage from the film The Shining.
ET- Bike flying past moon scene
ET is a movie about a friendly alien who only wants to find his way home and is helped by a little boy who is having troubles of his own. One memorable scene in this movie is when the boy is carrying ET in the basket on his bike, and ET makes the bike fly up past the moon. This scene can be found in many movies.
One movie that referenced this movie is in the Pixar film Planet 51. Here is another tale about aliens, but the real outsider is a human who comes to an alien planet and needs to find his way home. In one scene the alien boy is carrying the human in the basket on his bike and after an accident causes his bike to fly up past the moon, which looks just like the scene from ET.
Jaws- Theme music
The unique thing about the movie Jaws is that its theme music was just as popular as the movie itself. The two-note ominous theme that was used to represent the shark approaching was scary enough to let anyone believe something was after them. Because of this, this theme music can be found in many other films.
One film that had a brief reference to this was the movie In Her Shoes. A movie about two sisters who can’t quite get along, this theme can be heard being hummed by younger sister Maggie. While drunk at her mother in law’s doorsteps, she hummed this infamous tune as her mother in-law approached the door. While this homage was funnier than the original usage, it still reminded us of what we dread most.