All 39 Movie References in Our April Fools’ Day Comic Revealed

By  · Published on April 10th, 2013

For this year’s April Fools’ gag we wanted to challenge you, dear reader, to a Where’s Waldo of movie references. Our resident webcomic artist Derek Bacon obliged with a view into our day-to-day operations at FSR HQ where 39 movie references were scattered around between all the scenes of hard work. With a $50 Fandango Gift Card on the line, we had close to 400 entries (via email and Facebook) and we’re pleased to announce Sheri Young of Boston, Mass as our big winner.

You can still check out the full image to challenge yourself, but beyond the jump is our handy guide to all the (intentional) movie references we made:

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  1. Loki’s mask from The Mask
  2. Captain America’s shield
  3. Everyone’s friend, HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey
  4. Michael “Awesome” Bay
  5. The Maltese Falcon from, yes, The Maltese Falcon
  6. Marty’s Hoverboard from the Back to the Future movies
  7. Weekend Editor Christopher Campbell as Bob Dylan from Don’t Look Back
  8. Interviewer extraordinaire Jack Giroux as Jack Nicholson’s Buddusky in The Last Detail
  9. Reviewer Robert Levin taking the iconic bath from Little Big Man
  10. Fantastic Fest Reviewer Michael Treveloni dressed as Sean Connery’s Zed from Zardoz
  11. …while reenacting the pie eating contest from Stand By Me
  12. The idol from Raiders of the Lost Ark
  13. Over/Under editorialist Nathan Adams with the mosquito from Barton Fink
  14. Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace on TV while Kevin Carr…enjoys it…inexplicably
  15. A Golden Snitch from Harry Potter
  16. Publisher Neil Miller as the giant head/man behind the curtain from The Wizard of Oz
  17. A dangerous egg from Alien
  18. Troll 2 on TV
  19. The jacket from Fritz Lang’s M
  20. The moon from A Trip to the Moon on my shirt
  21. Marsellus Wallace’s briefcase from Pulp Fiction
  22. The still-spinning top from Inception
  23. Some delicious Soylent Green
  24. Charles Foster Kane’s childhood sled
  25. Associate Editor Rob Hunter as Lars from Lars and the Real Girl
  26. …with the octopus from Old Boy hanging out of his mouth
  27. Wilson from Cast Away
  28. A handy ghost storage device from Ghostbusters
  29. A second Old Boy reference: his hammer
  30. Mutagen from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  31. Reviewer Caitlin Hughes as Pee-Wee from his Big Adventure
  32. Reviewer Daniel Walber as either/both the stars of Vera Chytilová’s Daisies
  33. Tasty brains in honor of George Romero
  34. Reviewer Mark James eating the roses from Holy Motors
  35. Associate Editor Kate Erbland as Dr. Evil
  36. Gizmo
  37. Derek Bacon’s sweet Mickey Mouse ears
  38. The red and blue pills from The Matrix
  39. E.T. getting punched by Listologist David Bell

Thanks again to everyone who enjoyed our April Fools’ gag this year, to everyone who entered the contest and to all of you who read FSR on a daily basis. Now to go watch and re-watch some of these bad boys…

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