Lots of movies have easter eggs hidden in them. Starting with delightful hidden references in Pixar animation and moving on to post-credit scenes that Marvel's blockbusters popularized — there's just something about spotting things that are hidden in plain sight.

However, there's something even more satisfying than noticing purposefully scattered easter eggs: finding something in films a regular viewer would not be able to make out.

Justin Gerber, a movie buff that has watched over 3,524 films, became fascinated with collecting 'poorly photoshopped/staged family photos' in films. Realizing that it's not that uncommon to find these funny bad photoshops, Justin shared his finds on the internet and soon, hundreds of people joined in the fun and showed off their own unique finds.

To celebrate what might change our film-watching experience forever, for better or worse, Bored Panda has made a compilation of people's best finds — and it's truly something.

After stumbling upon a terribly photoshopped family portrait in a movie, this man started hunting for them in other films

Since he shared his collection, others have followed with their unique finds

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Leslie
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5 months ago

That’s hilarious

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It takes one click of a button to find yourself being swallowed by poorly photoshopped film posters. But it takes an entirety of a film — and honest to god dedication — to unearth a single awfully airbrushed family photo. People in nature are curious creatures, so it only makes sense that getting a taste of something as raw and genuine as a badly staged family portrait will only lead to hunger for more. To borrow a catchphrase from Pokémon: 'Gotta catch 'em all!'

To find out how this curious project started, Bored Panda has reached out to Justin Gerber, the author of the titular Twitter thread that inspired hundreds of cinephiles across the world to join Justin's project.

"The pandemic had just begun and, like most of my friends, I was spending the vast majority of my time at home during weeknights and weekends. What better way to fill the time than putting on an insane number of movies that I otherwise would have never watched?" Gerber said, explaining the origins of how it all started.

Although Justin doesn't remember his first truly bad 'family photo' he ever saw on a silver screen, he remembers it was Deon Taylor's home invasion thriller The Intruder (33% on Rotten Tomatoes) that kickstarted the whole thing. "A bit into the movie, there is a close-up of an old family photo that was so badly photoshopped, I paused it, took a picture, and sent it to some friends. We all laughed, and a bit was born."

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SoftKittyWarmKittyLilBallo'Fur
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5 months ago

Excel-ent.

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Beans
Community Member
5 months ago

This is the funniest one.

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You could have guessed that Justin is a self-confessed film buff right to the bone. Not just your garden variety film fan who obsessively watches movies but someone who devours them whole and is always hungry for more (which explains the jaw-dropping total film count on Justin's Letterboxd account).

It's only apt that a cinephile like Justin would work as a co-host on two horror-themed podcasts (one dedicated to Stephen King and the other to The Evil Dead franchise), as part of the Bloody Disgusting channel.

"While I love other pop culture (books, TV, music, sports), movies reign above them all like hog fire," Gerber said. "Within movies, I love the horror genre, and always look forward to discussing those movies in the podcasts I'm part of."

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DUN DUN (she/her)
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5 months ago

I swear I had nightmares of that doll killing me with claws

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Following the reactions of film characters is part of the movie-watching charm. We human beings react to the on-screen reactions the same way as we do outside the movie screen. Having said that, we're always interested to learn the initial reaction of people who, accidentally or not, manage to spark a viral reaction.

In Justin's case, people's responses exceeded his expectations. "I expected a little bit of a reaction, because a lot of my followers and I share similar interests," he told us. "However, I was not expecting it to blow up so fast, and was happy to see other people’s posts within the thread receive a lot of notices, as well." Currently, the viral Twitter thread has been shared more than 2,000 times and liked by almost 27,000 people.

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Leslie
Community Member
5 months ago

Oooh that’s bad

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Continuing the conversation about poorly photoshopped family photos in films, Justin opens up about his favorites. "It has to be the one from Saw II. Donnie Wahlberg’s detective character and his son are outside Madison Square Garden. Lighting doesn’t sync up, people are together in the same shot who weren’t really together at the time, and [of course there's] a phony backdrop," Gerber pointed out. "It has everything I want in a bad photoshop."

Justin also explains that all of his findings were done naturally — no rewatching or seeking it out using the help of the net. "All of my pics were taken in the moment of discovery or re-discovery. I didn’t seek anything out, which made it a lot more fun and a lot more random," he said. "That’s how you see pics from something like Family of Cops, a latter-day Charles Bronson made-for-Canadian-TV movie."

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Candice looked beautiful and normal. The rest...not so much and those arms are terrifying.

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Kindlovinghumble
Community Member
5 months ago

Lol love how he's just standing behind a wall while she's full on "wind in her hair", crop top, and this is what they framed. All 3 are doing their own thing.

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
5 months ago

David Groh on the right? Barry VanDyke on the left? How To Make A Killing Without Really Trying.

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Aussie Atheist
Community Member
5 months ago

OMFG they just put her face on to Childs body

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Leslie
Community Member
5 months ago

I haven’t seen Seagal signing up to fight for Russia…..coward.

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Sawdust
Community Member
5 months ago

For a TV show in 1985 they would've had to do this with physical paper cut-outs of photos.

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Miss.Information🤔
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5 months ago

What am I supposed to see here? 🤔

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Giles McArdell
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5 months ago

FYI: This is from the Half Life games.

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henry weston
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5 months ago (edited)

he looks so happy to meet obama. cant fault him for that

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Beans
Community Member
5 months ago

love how the shadow doesn't match up

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HotDog Water
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5 months ago

the light is coming from everywhere and nowhere

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Beans
Community Member
5 months ago

Pretty sure they shot that for the movie. It's American Pie, it was part of the joke

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Daniel Atkins
Community Member
5 months ago

The second picture looks like she is Kneecapping the other player.

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Melissa Moss
Community Member
5 months ago

This is true blood

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Loretta
Community Member
5 months ago

...why is that bad?

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Kindlovinghumble
Community Member
5 months ago

DVD cover is awful but it's SUCH a funny movie!!!

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Boreddd
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5 months ago

I am very concerned about that child

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tomandjerry56
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5 months ago (edited)

i’m pretty sure those pictures are photocopped…..

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Kookamunga
Community Member
5 months ago

My favorite Led Zeppelin song!

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Miss.Information🤔
Community Member
5 months ago

Is it the background? 🤔 Or the gear on the Boys head? 😳🤭😂😂😂😂

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Scott Kelly
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5 months ago

I always skipped over the intro because it's so damn long!

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GoddessOdd
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5 months ago

Are they using a cardboard cutout?

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lucygoosey0903
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5 months ago

Bruh is this Jaws

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Miss.Information🤔
Community Member
5 months ago

Theres almost a cutline around Them, and then planted on a sky background! 🤭 Very bad work! 😆😆😆😆😆

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#30

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Cindy Mauch
Community Member
5 months ago

This was probably intentional, I think the plotline was he's not her husband but she had an accident and couldn't remember.

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Kindlovinghumble
Community Member
5 months ago

What is going on here?! Guy on the rt looks like he ran into a glass door then had to try and smile for the picture.

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Giles McArdell
Community Member
5 months ago

Well, they were meant to be faked in the movie. Still bad given they supposedly had a futuristic AI to create them.

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Aussie Atheist
Community Member
5 months ago

And he has swapped sides too!

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GoddessOdd
Community Member
5 months ago

How many fingers on that hand?

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Mam cymraeg
Community Member
5 months ago

I don't know this film but this photo makes me think it's not a nice one

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Von Klaus
Community Member
5 months ago

I am aware!

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Scott Kelly
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm always bothered when movies use the regular filming camera as a CCTV/Security camera. Not only does the placement make zero sense, but the camera is moving around because it's clearly being held by a person. Prime example in Passengers (2016), Jennifer Lawrence is jogging around the space ship and Chris Pratt is watching her through the CCTV cameras. One of the angles is the camera we literally just saw following her. Terrible.

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Remy
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5 months ago

Bob made it

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Ellia Duperrex
Community Member
5 months ago

Actually this is a picture of Steve Carell and his real family so this is fabulous ahah

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PCW10101
Community Member
5 months ago

He looks like the 4th BeeGee brother!

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Scagsy
Community Member
5 months ago

Somebody should go back in time and prevent this from happening.

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Beans
Community Member
5 months ago

I mean, as far as photoshops go, it's not that bad

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Castelino
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5 months ago

There would have been enough space for an alien on the photo...

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Remy
Community Member
5 months ago

But that works for the movie

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GoddessOdd
Community Member
5 months ago

terrifying... looks like the just put the teeth on someone else's face

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Miss.Information🤔
Community Member
5 months ago

😂😂 Its easy to see, they dont expect us to look at the pictures in the Movie! 🤦‍♀️⁉️😂😂😂😂😂

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Beans
Community Member
5 months ago

Pretty sure thats a real pic they posed for. Some of these people can't tell between photoshop and reality. We are doomed.

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Pedro Feio
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5 months ago

13 going on 30: Adam's Revenge

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Beans
Community Member
5 months ago

Again, this is a real pic they posed for, for the movie. Also the transparent effect is actually pretty good.

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Castelino
Community Member
5 months ago

This is an example of how image manipulation can look good. ^^

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