The history of pausing at certain movie scenes once or twice or many times is as old as VHS tapes. The concept of pausing at certain movie scenes started with the VHS tapes and a pause button. Since then people have been pausing movies at certain timecodes to have a better look at an important scene. Why people stop movies at certain scenes is totally a subjective topic. Some people have been found to pause movies at a nude scene, others like to pause movies if a scene is highly violent or full of gore and blood while others like to pause movies to read the movie titles or look out for future clues.
Years later when the world was introduced to CD’s this culture of pausing movies grew even more and now all of us are highly habitual of pausing movies whenever we want and how many times we want.
Following are 25 such movie scenes that we all had to pause at least once or twice to get a better look at it.
- It would be criminal not to include the classic mystery horror movie of 1981 ‘Scanners’ in this list. The whole movie was pretty scary but it was one such scene where Michael Ironside does a magic spell and explodes a person’s head. That head explosion was very unexpected and many people didn’t see it coming in the scene and it happened so fast that many people had to rewind the scene to watch again.
- Horror-flasher flick ‘Cabin in the Woods (2012)’ may not be one of the best horror movies ever but there was one scene in the movie where people had to pause to have a better look at the proceedings. It was the scene where the scientists were discussing the outcome of the lead characters, a white board can be seen at the back with scary details of other monstrous creatures that the lab has planned.
- Teen Wolf (1985) also remained as a cult classic among fans but it was that scene just before the end credits that raised a lot of eye brows and made people to pause and look more carefully. Just before the end credits, viewers’ get to see an extra who has forgotten to zip his pants.
- The ending scene of ‘The Little Mermaid (1989) where finally Ariel and her Prince are shown getting married; there was something about the priest in the animated movie that didn’t seem right. A lot of people paused to have a better look at the priest.
- Not only nude, explicit or violent scenes make the viewers to rewind and pause at a certain scene. The unusual happened with Fight Club (1999) because people thought they saw Brad Pitt in some scenes where he wasn’t supposed to be. So they had to pause and look out for Brad Pitt hiding in some scenes.
- The famous Amanda Bynes starrer ‘She’s The Man’ (2006) where Bynes had to disguise as a boy to play into the sports team. There was a scene in the movie where young boys almost had to smash the pause key because Amanda Bynes lifted her shirt in that scene to prove to everyone that she was a girl. A lot of guys had to rewind and pause to see the young movie actress breasts. Well nobody saw anything to tell you the truth.
- It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to state that the Alfred Hitchcock legendary horror movie ‘Psycho (1960)’ is one of the cinematic wonders of all time. Although Psycho is full of pause-able scenes but it was that one scene at the end where Norman Bates was arrested and he gives a deadly stare into the camera, audience had to pause several times to see if they really did see a skull over his face.
- Margot Robbie won the hearts of the American audience with her ultra-sexy avatar in the movie ‘Wolf of Wall Street (2013)’. She had a number of sexy scenes in the movie but there was one specific scene which made guys to pause the scene where she exposed herself to the security team.
- Critics have noticed a number of weird shots and frames in the children’s classic ‘Lion King (1994)’ but there was one certain scene where people had to pause and look more carefully at was the one where fans argued they saw ‘SEX’ written on the ground. The makers refused the claim and said it was ‘SFX’ instead but still fans love to pause the move at that particular scene to find out what’s written on the ground.
- The famous adult movie ‘Boogie Nights (1997)’ starring Mark Wahlberg dropped his pants at the end of the movie to give thirsty female viewers a view of his manhood. Although it was known that it was a prosthetic but still women through the years love to pause the movie at that particular scene.
- Tron (1982) can be called as a galaxy of easter eggs but there’s a particular scene where you can even find Mr. Pac-Man as well.
- Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) fans claimed that they saw a Stormtrooper smash a character’s head when he was coming through the door.
- George Lucas intentionally added references to Steven Spielberg’s ET in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999). People had to rewind and pause to make sure if they really saw E.T’s references in the movie.
- At the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), a small stone which looks like a gravestone can be seen right to where Luke Skywalker is standing.
- People had to pause while watching Jessica Rabbit at a certain scene in ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’ because they thought Jessica Rabbit would do something exciting.
- Fans still enjoy watching ‘Three Men and a Baby (1987) every time it airs on TV but there is one scene that has received countless amount of pauses is the one where viewers thought that they saw a boy standing in a room and watching the actors.
- In Jurassic World (2015) at one point when the dinosaurs are terrorizing everyone in the park. Fans noticed Jimmy Buffett stealing two margaritas.
- A prototype of Captain America was seen in one of the scenes in Iron Man (2008). Three years later, Chris Evans was unveiled as Captain America.
- Man of Steel (2014) also gave one such reference to fans, giving a hint of a Batman crossover movie to come out in the coming years.
- Viewers who watched ‘The Rescuers 1977’ said that at one point in the movie they had to pause because they thought they saw shots of naked women in the animated movie.
- Fans paused numerous times at a certain scene of ‘Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)’ because they said they saw a fly entering the mouth of Belloq while he delivers his lines.
- In Signs (2002) there’s a very quick glance of an alien.
- The shooting scene of Brad Pitt in ‘Burn After Reading (2008) is so quick and fast that viewers had to pause a couple of times to see what actually happened.
- Wild Things (1998) is famous for bold content. One such scene which received lots of pauses was the lesbian love making scene between Neve Campbell and Denise Richards.
- The Wizard of Oz (1939) remains a timeless classic. It is that one scene in the movie where in the background it looks as if one of the munchkins is hanging from a tree. That one scene has caused a lot of controversy because of it but the makers of the movie claimed that it is nothing but a bird in the background.