Director Ed Wood was infamous for piecing together stock footage to complete his low-budget films. As a result, his cult classic Plan 9 from Outer Space is widely regarded as, well, the worst movie of all time. But he’s not the only director guilty of copying and pasting to save a buck.
It’s no surprise that producing a blockbuster tends to cost a studio tons of cash. Even the smallest special effect can add up to thousands (or millions) of dollars, so it’s kind of understandable why they might try to cut a corner here and there. But when the movie connoisseurs over at Screen Rant took a second look at these big-budget films, they couldn’t help but think the producers probably could have been a bit more subtle. Each one was caught giving their audience a strange sense of déjà vu:
1. This is actually one of the least terrible things about the unfortunate prequel franchise.
2. Michael Bay got hit with a truth bomb when people noticed something eerily familiar in the Transformers franchise to one of his earlier films.
3. Set phasers to stun…ningly obvious.
4. The film may have been based on a video game, but most of the backstory was taken from Jessica Alba’s debut show.
5. Film execs wanted a happier ending for Ridley Scott’s 1989 classic Blade Runner…
So they spliced in the ironically idyllic intro from Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 thriller, The Shining.
6. Even film virtuoso Orson Welles borrowed stock footage for his iconic film, Citizen Kane.
Notice the unusually large birds flying around in this picnic scene? Rumor has it they’re actually from the 1933 film, Son of Kong.
7. Bill and Ted might not have time traveled back quite as far as they thought for this scene.
8. Back in the day, Disney animators frequently reused old frames for new films.
(via Mental Floss)
If you think about it, your next movie ticket could really be a two-for-one deal. But somehow, I’d still feel short-changed.