8 Early Movies That Had A Post-Credits Scene In History

Thanks to the MCU, post-credit scenes have become normal, with most modern movies expecting to have some kind of post-credit scene. These scenes took off as more and more revealed themselves and were the perfect way to set up a potential sequel for the film. For example, in the post-credits scene of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Elizabeth is seen with a 10-year-old boy on the shore, and as Elizabeth looks at the coast, she sees Will’s ship. This is just one of many recent post-credits scenes that serve as a mini-epilogue to the story and add a bit more anticipation to what the story might hold next.

While post-credits scenes are commonplace now, they never were. More recently, The Batman used a post-credits scene in an innovative way. However, in previous cinema, at a time when most of the credits came at the start of the film, there had never been a post-credits scene until 1966. Dean Martin’s James Bond-esque film The Silent Ones is the very first instance of a movie with a post-credits scene. Of course, those scenes didn’t take off right away, and more often than not, the credits were filled with blunders from the movie as seen in The cannonball race rather than having an actual post-credit scene. These are the first movies that had post-credits scenes.

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8 The Silent Ones (1966)

The very first film to have a post-credit scene was The Silents. With Dean Martin and Daliah Lavi, The Silent Ones follows secret agent Matt Helm who comes out of retirement to stop the Big O from generating a global nuclear conflict. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Donald Hamilton. The film was popular enough to warrant the creation of three follow-up films. The Silent Ones didn’t age well and featured a silly Helm sidekick who merely serves as a treat for the public eye. The post-credits scene didn’t really go anywhere as it was just a scene of Helm surrounded by beautiful women with the caption “Matt Helm will return”, just setting us up for a sequel.

7 Devils on Wheels (1968)

Devils on wheels revolves around an all-female biker gang called The Man-Eaters as they terrorize their small town. The gang rules the road and has only one rule: don’t fall in love. This unique film features female members of the Iron Cross Motorcycle Club. In the post-credit scene, the police release the gang’s leader, Queen, from jail for lack of evidence. After being freed, Queen joins her gang and they all leave town together. Devils on wheels is yet another example of one of the very first post-credits scenes, but unlike the scene from The Silent Onesthis scene is actually an epilogue to the story.

6 House of Dark Shadows (1970)

Based on dark shadows TV series and inspiration for Tim Burton’s remake Dark shadows, house of dark shadows follows the life of the vampire Barnabas Collins. After being freed from his coffin by a local drunk, he is now free to roam the Earth. While he feasts on the blood of the living, he primarily focuses on that of his family’s governess Maggie, whom he believes to be his reincarnated long-lost love. The post-credit scene features Barnabas’ body transforming into a bat before disappearing into obscurity, a setup for a sequel that arrived a year later in the form of night of dark shadows.

5 Plane! (1980)

Plane! is a comedy parody of disaster films released in the 70s, one of the first of its kind. The plane’s passengers and crew succumb to food poisoning, landing the plane is left to a drunken ex-fighter pilot and his ex-girlfriend. Plane! earned the status of being at the top of the Empire magazine’s “50 Funniest Comedies of All Time” in 2012 and has been retained by the US National Film Registry. The post-credit scene features a callback to an abandoned taxi passenger early in the film who says he’ll give the driver twenty minutes to get back.

4 Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

After the life of a teenage Sherlock and his crime-solving partner John Watson, The young Sherlock Holmes is a film loved by many. During their time together at boarding school, Holmes and Watson investigate a series of mysterious deaths on campus. As Holmes investigates the possibility of a toxic hallucinogen, he and his partner stumble upon a strange cult and must struggle to escape with their lives. In the post-credits scene, it is revealed that Ethar, the man thought to be dead, is truly alive and checking into an inn as “Moriarty”, foreshadowing his role as a recurring villain in the Adventures of Holmes.

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3 Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Featuring the hilarious comedy duo of John Candy and Steve Martin, Planes, trains and automobiles follows the story of marketing manager/control freak Neal Page who is stranded by a Thanksgiving storm and is forced to sleep with talkative salesman Del Griffith. Although both have their differences, they have to overcome their troubles to reach their destination and be with their family for the holidays. In the post-credits sequence, executive Will Windom is shown reviewing photos of the lady Neal was waiting for him to finish watching the start of the film before the Thanksgiving holiday. Planes, trains and automobiles received universal acclaim, making it a Thanksgiving tradition in many homes.

2 Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

The third installation in the lethal weapon series, Lethal Weapon 3 follows police detective Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) and his partner Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) as they are drawn into an internal affairs case. Working alongside Sergeant Lorna Cole and their informant Leo Getz, the detectives are about to make a breakthrough when they discover a corrupt cop, Jack Travis, is involved. Lethal Weapon 3 became the franchise’s highest-grossing film and was followed by Lethal Weapon 4. In the post-credits scene, Riggs and Murtaugh are called to another building. Debating whether to go or not, the building then explodes. In a freeze frame, Riggs then remarks “I hope no one saw us.”

1 The Muppets’ Treasure Island (1996)

One of the many Muppet movies that remains in the hearts of many is The Muppets Treasure Island. A Muppet retelling of the story of treasure island narrated by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Muppets Treasure Island follows the story of orphan Jim Hawkins who stumbles upon a treasure map and manages to launch an expedition to find the location on the map. Along with appearances from ever-loved characters Kermit the Frog, Gonzo, Rizzo and Mrs. Piggy, the film also features appearances from Tim Curry and Billy Connolly. In the post-credits scene, Long John Silver abandoned on Treasure Island is forced to listen to bad jokes from a stone tiki.

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