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What was so different about “Night of the Living Dead” from previous zombie movies?

“Night of the Living Dead” introduced the idea of independent, undead flesh eaters to the world which was the opposite of what zombies were thought of before this film. Prior to that film, zombies ...
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Where does the "One of us! One of us!" chant originate?

Tod Browning's controversial cult horror film Freaks from 1932. The central story is of this conniving trapeze artist Cleopatra, who seduces and marries sideshow midget Hans after learning of his ...
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What was so different about “Night of the Living Dead” from previous zombie movies?

Zombie movies, dating back to White Zombie (1932), typically featured reanimated corpses or hypnotized people who would walk around with a dazed look in their eyes. They were mindless, but ...
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What's the origin of "Choose life" phrase?

But the phrase is not exclusive to Trainspotting. It comes from the Bible (Deuteronomy 30:19), and the design in the pictures you posted looks like the T-shirt popularized by the Wham! video for Wake ...
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Why is Los Angeles targeted for destruction so often in Hollywood movies?

In order for a city being destroyed to mean anything to the people viewing it, the city must be iconic and recognizable (unless it's fictional) and probably wants to appeal to people who either have ...
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Where did the "dream effect" originate?

There is a british film from 1900, Let me dream again, by George Albert Smith (from the so called Brighton school), you can find it in the British Film Institute archive: http://collections-search.bfi....
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Are Transformers robots?

The Transformers are "self-configuring sentient modular extraterrestrial robotic lifeforms", originating from the planet Cybertron. They are powered by 'Energon', a source of energy ubiquitous on the ...
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The origin of the loss of the Fourth Wall?

According to TVTropes, the first use of this was in 1895!: [The breaking the fourth wall trope] dates back to the Lumière brothers and the first films made for publicviewing in 1895—specifically, ...
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Why does Lucille Bluth's family call her "Gangie"?

Frannie Halcyon, one of the characters in Armistad Maupin's Further Tales of the City (1982), is called "Gangie" by her grandchildren: Little Edgar and his sister Anna ran across the brown ...
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See you on the other side

Most likely this reference started it's life out as a reference to the astronauts conversation during the Apollo 8 mission, as they passed behind the moon for the first time: CapCom Gerry Carr ...
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Why do criminals whistle after doing something?

TVTropes defines this as the Not-So-Innocent Whistle In media of all types, especially comics and cartoons, the "innocent" whistle is a main staple, often played for humor. Alice, feeling ...
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See you on the other side

"See you on the other side" is also a reference to the afterlife. It was possibly used in reference to the River Styx and the crossing of such river into the afterlife. This was the meaning Jim ...
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What was so different about “Night of the Living Dead” from previous zombie movies?

There is a long list of properties that zombies can have: Universal zombification: Something causes the dead to not stay dead. All corpses reanimate (although there may be some method, such as ...
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From which movies does the stereotypical b/w film noir voice-over introduction originate?

At the time, they wouldn't have yet been known as Film Noir, they would have just been Melodrama. Contenders might be… Rebecca [1941] has voiceover. The Maltese Falcon [1941] has the detective ...
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Were the 1934 St Louis Cardinals Team the Inspiration for Daffy Duck?

It would appear not. The name seems to have originated by his antics when audience saw him (before he had an official name) in the short Porky's Duck Hunt. Wikipedia Daffy first appeared in Porky's ...
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Who really is "the meanest motherfucker in the valley"?

This is a (misattributed, according to Wiki) George S. Patton quote: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I shall fear no evil, because I am the meanest son-of-a-bitch in the ...
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Is this quote originally from The Dark Knight?

This quote was attributed to Bill Finger who died in 1974, he was best known as the uncredited actual creator of Batman
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Is this quote originally from The Dark Knight?

Although this exact quote may have been first said in the dark knight many men have addressed the philosophy of the corruption of a good man's soul. "He who fights monsters should see to it that he ...
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Has the authenticity of the Raiders story conference transcript ever been determined?

Here's an interview with Larry Kasdan at a Writer's Guild Conference in August 2016. At 4:40 the interviewer, John August mentions that we are all lucky enough to have seen the Raiders conference ...
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Origin of on-screen location sound in spy movies

Graphics styles change over the years; while they're popular, they usually refer to some currently popular theme or trope. Right from the 1950s and even up to the 80s & 90s, 'secret spy computers'...
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The three note danger idiom

It's actually called: "Shock Horror". It has been credited to Dick Walter: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0910011 I stated in a comment that it had been used during wartime (BBC/ABC/NBC) as a danger ...
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Origin of the phrase "You're either very brave, or very stupid"

Here's a book from 1945: The pilot was either very brave or very stupid http://books.google.ie/books?id=TvsDAAAAYAAJ&q=%22very+brave+or+very+stupid%22&dq=%22very+brave+or+very+stupid%22&...
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Are Star-Lord's final words a reference to something else?

In this particular instance, I do not believe the line spoken by Starlord to the Guardians of the Galaxy at the end of the movie was in reference to anything, it seems, more than anything, to be ...
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Where does the "One of us! One of us!" chant originate?

It originated in the move Freaks (1932), but was actually popularized by The Ramones in the song 'Pinhead'.
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What's the origin of "Choose life" phrase?

The phrase was common on T-Shirts in the 80's, I understood it at the time (and now) to be used to encourage young women to not have abortions.
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Origin of on-screen location sound in spy movies

What you're looking for is called Telemetry. A short description is: Telemetry is an automated communications process by which measurements and other data are collected at remote or inaccessible ...
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Is there a source for the "Kleebob card game" gag George Burns used?

The gag was actually based on Sheepshead (aka Spitzer), a ridiculously complex card game, which in turn originated from the Bavarian "Schafkopf" card game. It's a "Trick Taking" ...
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What defined the Alien- & UFO sterotypes?

Close Encounter of the 3rd Kind is a well-known one for "Greys".
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Supernatural Episode inspiration for Once Upon a Time

No I don't think that it is. Although there is no documentation as to whether or not it "borrowed" any idea from that episode if you come to think about it then you will see that the storyline of ...
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