Saturday, August 7, 2010

Images of Behind-the-Scenes Cameos

I'm a rebel and I'm tagging myself for the latest meme making the blogosphere rounds - the one of a collection of images from films that share a certain theme. My topic is perhaps less intellectual but it's time for some fun on TheGirl's blog. I'm doing Images of Behind-the-Scenes Cameos. That is, writers and directors and whatnot doing cameos in their movies, or in other people's movies. Some are good, some are bad, some are just funny, some if you blink you'll miss 'em.

Sorry, I couldn't find screen grabs for all of them.

1) Alfred Hitchcock in Rope. As the whole movie takes place in one apartment, playing "Where's Hitch?" can be hard in this film. Just before the film starts, though, there is a shot of the street and Hitch is one of the pedestrians. Another one I didn't know of is the pink neon outline drawing of him in the background. Clever.

2) Stephen King in Rose Red. SK has made numerous cameos in his movies, of course, but I laughed out loud when he appeared as a dorky pizza delivery guy in Rose Red. It was probably the best thing about that movie.

3) Takashi Miike in Hostel. Eli Roth's nod to one of his favorite directors (and mine), Takashi Miike makes a rather creepy appearance in Hostel. "Be careful. You could spend all your money in there."

4) Linda Blair in Scream. Random cameo that doesn't really make sense, except that she's a big horror name. Most people don't know it's her.

5) Wes Craven in Scream. Much funnier cameo. Wes plays the janitor, "Fred," wearing a red and green striped sweater, and ugly brown hat. Hm. Wonder what that's a reference to...

6) David Cronenberg in Jason X. Who doesn't love a little wild-haired Dave Cronenberg? Great cameo from the opening scenes of Jason X.

7) Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg in Land of the Dead. There's a great extra on the Land of the Dead DVD about Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's visit to the set to do their cameos as zombies in the film. George Romero was apparently a big fan of Shaun of the Dead, and how could you not be?

8) Peter Jackson in Hot Fuzz. On the flip side, Peter Jackson had a very, very, very, very small cameo in Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's Hot Fuzz as the Santa Claus who stabs Simon's hand. 

9) Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert in The Evil Dead. I'm going to have a few of Sam Raimi-Ted Raimi-Bruce Campbell cameos because they're so great. Sam and Rob (the producer) played the two guys standing on the side of the road at the beginning, as Bruce Campbell says in the commentary. Sorry, no picture.

10) Bruce Campbell in Spider-Man 2. Okay, I know that Spider-Man 2 isn't a horror movie, but I loved Bruce Campbell as the "Snooty Usher" in this scene. Runner-up best Bruce Campbell cameo was at the end of Darkman.

11) Ted Raimi in The Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2. Sam's little bro Ted gets his share of cameos, as well. In the first Evil Dead, Ted plays various arms and legs and things for insert shots, and in Evil Dead 2 he plays the Henrietta monster in the basement.

12) Greg Nicotero in From Dusk Till Dawn. Ha! Forgot about this, didn't you? Greg Nicotero, one of the three geniuses behind KNB EFX Group, has a bit part as a sexy long-haired biker at the Titty Twister in From Dusk Till Dawn. His switchblade is no match for Tom Savini's penis gun. Again, sorry, no screen grab.

13) John Waters in Seed of Chucky. John Waters is big Chucky fan. John want Chucky to kill him. John get wish.

14) Ruggero Deodata in Hostel 2. The director of the classic Cannibal Holocaust has a fitting cameo as the cannibal who is eating Viktor Krum (well, you know... the guy who played Viktor Krum in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) in Hostel 2

15) Alfred Hitchcock in Dial M for Murder. To round out the list, another Hitch cameo, just as obscure as his cameo in Rope. Dial M for Murder also mostly takes place in one room and Hitch's cameo is him in the reunion picture that Tony Wendice shows to the potential wife-murderer, Swann. He's there in the far left corner.


  1. Actually, I did tag you. So sorry I forgot to tell you. Awesome idea! I didn't even notice half of these cameos.

  2. Oh, I see it now. Must have missed yours! American Werewolf in London is of course the best transformation!

  3. Great stuff. The Hostel 2 cameo is completely news to me.

  4. You know, as a zombie, Edgar Wright looks like Bub from Day of The Dead...