As technology has moved on, our fixation with pausing has reached all sorts of new levels. Gone are the days of blurred, mostly indecipherable images by way of your VHS player – now we’re pausing in HD like it’s the most natural thing in the world. Why would somebody want to pause a movie, then? Well, for a number of reasons, but mostly because we’ve all become obsessed with the idea of spotting hidden easter eggs, in-jokes, over-analysing camera shots (you know, for film school), and taking screen grabs of awesome scenes for no reason at all. Also: nudity.
Okay, so it’s all about the nudity. But pausing is good for more than just getting a sneaky glimpse of some celebrity flesh. I mean, not a lot more, but you get the idea. Join us, then, as we delve deep into the realms of freeze-framing and explore 17 of the most paused movie moments in cinema history. How many are you – ahem – “guilty” of?
1) Birthday Party – Signs
Oh, did you see that? Don’t panic: it’s only the SCARIEST THING EVER PUT ON SCREEN, courtesy of M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs. So imagine you’re at some kids’ birthday party in Brazil (don’t ask why) when aliens decide to invade the planet, and hey – there’s one of them, just hanging out in the yard, sniffing around for those inevitable cake and ice cream leftovers. Pausing this moment only makes the nightmares worse, and yet…; we all did it, didn’t we? Yeaah, we did.