7 Most Paused Scenes in Cinema History

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The Lion King (1994) 

This scene is amongst the most popular pause moments in the disney universe. Simba collapses on the grass out of exhaustion and word forms in the sky which spells “SFX” as a nod to the special effects team creating the film. 

Fight Club (1999) 

Fans of this film pick up on many clues about the truth behind Tyler Durden’s character throughout the film. But the director, David Fincher incorporates flashes of Tyler in the film even before he was introduced, to create a glitch effect. 

Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) 

In this first film of the franchise, fans spotted a funny blooper that made it into the final cut. In this scene, we see a Stormtrooper bumping his head into the door frame while exiting the control room. In 2002, this scene was also re-edited with audio to carry on the joke. 

Psycho (1960) 

In the last scene of this film by Alfred Hitchcock, we see a close up of Norman Bates’ face. Right before the scene cuts to the end credits, the frame is superimposed with a skeletal form of the face. This scene is a very widely paused and discussed frame. 

Iron Man 2 (2010) 

Marvel is very popular for incorporating easter eggs into their films. In this scene when Nick Fury meets up with Tony Stark, a huge map can be seen in the background with highlighted locations from the Marvel Universe. 

Shutter Island (2010) 

In one of the most popular frames from the film, Teddy Daniels is holding onto a moment he can’t have. Directed by Martin Scorsese, this scene recreates Gustav Klimt’s famous painting, The Kiss

The Wizard of Oz (1938) 

This classic film is known for many mishaps during the shoot of it. One such story is also about the silhouette of a dead munchkin hanging from a rope in the background. This story has been long debated and contested, even today many people pause this scene to be able to figure it out.  

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