This weekend, the child wanted to watch ‘Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made’, a movie that took the concept of a mockumentary and folded it in with a little ‘Blair Witch’ style false history to make for a reasonably scary experience.  The best part was the fillmaker’s use of subliminal images (latin phrases and pseudo-occult sigils) throughout the movie, leading us to freeze-frame multiple times in order to process one hidden message or another.  They were more noticeable than the flash-frames of Tyler Durden in ‘Fight Club’ and were successful in making the movie even more eerie and unnerving, leading to today’s backmasked message…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still gets chills thinking about the various subtle appearances of the ghost/demon called Pipes in ‘Ghostwatch’, which made a truly frightening movie even more scary, asking: What hidden message in pop culture is your favorite secret communication?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    I wish I had an answer, but I’ve never been good at spotting hidden things. (My wife gave me a surprise American Thanksgiving one year when we were living in Canada, made possible by my inability to notice a whole turkey in the refrigerator.) So I always assume that any message I spot wasn’t hidden.

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