Who among us doesn't love a killer Easter egg? Though they rarely make or break a movie on their own, they can bring some neat added value to the table, demonstrating that those in charge have a playful fondness for the material and want to reward viewers who pay extra close attention.
Finding an Easter egg is one thing, but what about when that Easter egg is hidden in plain sight, such that only those already in-the-know have a chance in hell of catching it?
These 10 Easter eggs, generally nodding inward to a nerdy aspect of the franchise, a director's prior movie, or previous work from one of the cast or crew members, tested the bounds of the audience's fandom.
Though none of these Easter eggs are inherently difficult to spot in purely visual terms, most viewers simply won't have the trivia knowledge necessary to make sense of what they're seeing.
Needless to say, if you did catch any of these fan-serving Easter eggs on your own, give yourself a firm pat on the back - you're among the hardest of the hardcore fans...
10. Tarantino's Simpsons Cameo - Kill Bill Vol. 1
Quentin Tarantino loves to reference other media in his movies, but in the case of Kill Bill Volume 1, he got a little self-reflexive about it.
In the memorable early scene where the Bride (Uma Thurman) battles one of her nemeses, Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox), Green ends up retrieving a gun from a box of her daughter's cereal in an attempt to get the drop on the Bride - to no avail.
Believe it or not, this is a nod to an episode of The Simpsons - season eight's "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious."
The episode features an hilarious scene where an Itchy and Scratchy episode called "Reservoir Cats" has been guest-directed by Tarantino.
In the scene, the director appears - albeit not played by himself, sadly - to talk about the ubiquity of violence in society, noting, "it's even in breakfast cereals, man."
Tarantino played this off quite beautifully and slyly, then, in Kill Bill's first volume. If you're somehow not convinced it was anything more than mere coincidence, consider that Tarantino wore a T-shirt depicting the Simpsons scene while doing press for Kill Bill Volume 2. Genius.