Movies with Stingers (Post Credit Scenes)
November 9, 2009 2:54 PM   Subscribe

What's After the Credits? is a handy website which tells you if a movie, television show or video game has any extra or special scenes during the credits or post credits, known 'in the biz' as a Stinger. And if after checking out those websites you're tired of just reading about these post-credit scenes, check out a whole bunch of them by following this link to Youtube.
posted by Effigy2000 (62 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
 
How incredibly rude. The point is to offer a reward to those in the audience kind enough to wait and see the credits so the crew get their little symbolic ego stroking. A list like this just sullies the whole thing.
posted by idiopath at 2:57 PM on November 9, 2009 [3 favorites]


If you want me to watch the credits, put them before the movie. This used to be the standard practice, but for some reason it's been dropped. (Perhaps because credits got a lot longer?)
posted by anotherpanacea at 2:59 PM on November 9, 2009 [3 favorites]


Yes, anotherpanacea, that would be why. More people get credit, now.
posted by brundlefly at 3:03 PM on November 9, 2009


So the three films I chose at semi-random told me there were not post-credit stuff... er thanks, why bother listing them, then?
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:14 PM on November 9, 2009


I checked to see if Jonathan Demme's Something Wild was in there* because it had the most insanely long end credits I've even encountered. I mean, Titanic's were probably even longer - but it had an army of effects people to acknowledge.

* It wasn't.
posted by Joe Beese at 3:16 PM on November 9, 2009


This youtube search might work better.
posted by roll truck roll at 3:18 PM on November 9, 2009


I only sit through the credits so I can finish whacking off.
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:20 PM on November 9, 2009 [5 favorites]


I am feeling chipper, not cranky, this afternoon, so I appreciate this post . . . . I like getting to go back and see the stingers we've really enjoyed. It recreates the feeling of being replete that comes at the end of a great movie.
posted by bearwife at 3:27 PM on November 9, 2009


You're still here? It's over. Go home.
posted by cazoo at 3:30 PM on November 9, 2009 [7 favorites]


I heard there was a stinger at the end of Pirates of the Caribbean 2, so I waited through all the stinkin' credits just to see a stupid dog sitting on a throne.

I never have seen Pirates of the Caribbean 3.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 3:38 PM on November 9, 2009 [3 favorites]


What you do is just wait. If the lights in the theatre brighten then you can safely leave, if they don't then there is a good chance there may be something to wait around for...or the kid in the projector room is lazy.
posted by P.o.B. at 3:38 PM on November 9, 2009


fearfulsymmetry: "So the three films I chose at semi-random told me there were not post-credit stuff... er thanks, why bother listing them, then?"

If they weren't listed, you wouldn't know whether that was because they had no scenes or because it just wasn't added to the site yet.
posted by flatluigi at 3:43 PM on November 9, 2009


So the three films I chose at semi-random told me there were not post-credit stuff
Entries with "Stingers" are denoted with an asterisk ( * ).

Wonder how long it will be before IMDB adds a stinger category?
posted by jamaro at 3:51 PM on November 9, 2009


P.o.B - the lights raising or dimming in modern (film) theaters are the results of thin pieces of copper tape running along the film, called "cues," which are read by the projector itself. There are, if I remember correctly, four cues - start of trailers, start of feature, end of feature/start of credits, and end of credits. The lighting and sound should be controlled by these cues, if the projector is set up properly. I imagine that in digital theaters, this is now controlled by a computer, which saddens me a bit.

Anyway, you usually will encounter house lights staying dim during credits because of a missed cue, which most likely occurs when a projectionist is too dumb to realize the stinger is not the end of the movie proper, or if the studio's logo (like Bruckheimer films' lighting-bolt-hitting-tree-bullshit) is especially animated. This mistake is easy to make when a movie is put together backwards, which is most of the time.

A missed cue usually leads to the sound not cutting out before the actual film ends its journey through the projector, creating an unsettling array of noises and the bright light of the projector shining (briefly) onto the screen. It also means that the house lights never come up when the credits begin, which is actually a safety issue in most theaters, and a huge pain in the ass for the cleaning crew. For these reasons, missing a cue intentionally was prohibited, but it still happened at my workplace from time to time.

Oh good Lord do I miss working at the stupid, stupid movies.
posted by snapped at 4:01 PM on November 9, 2009 [13 favorites]


http://www.imdb.com/keyword/scene-after-end-credits/ has been around for a few years.
posted by radagast at 4:16 PM on November 9, 2009


Man, that IMDB link is like a list of movies to avoid.

Aside from Priscilla and Zombieland of course.
posted by gottabefunky at 4:24 PM on November 9, 2009


Effigy2000: "What's After the Credits? "
Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance.
posted by boo_radley at 4:25 PM on November 9, 2009 [4 favorites]


Am I the only one here who generally sits through the credits?

I do this for a couple of reasons, neither of which is because I care who catered the movie: I do it because (a) if I like the film score, I like to hear how it resolves itself, and (b) because I like to have a couple of minutes to sit and think/feel about the experience after it's over.

Naturally, I don't do these things if I dislike the movie or it didn't affect me very strongly.

I'm not judging, but I've always been a bit baffled by people who watch the most emotionally-affecting movies and then leap up the moment they are over. Sometimes, if a movie is somehow signaling it's about to end (e.g. music swelling or a big close up), I hear people shuffling to get up before the credits have even started.

I live in a big city where most people don't drive, so I know it's not people trying to get to the parking lot on time to avoid a traffic jam. I'm sure some of it is people needing to pee, but plenty of people leave theatres without peeing.

Often, I am the only person left when the credits are over -- other then some janitor looking pissed off at me.
posted by grumblebee at 4:26 PM on November 9, 2009 [2 favorites]


I like to stay at the credits just to see the job titles that show up near the end like "Second Assistant to the camera cleaner".

"What did you do in that movie?"
"You know that scene where the car jumps over a fence and falls in the water? Yeah, some water splashed around in the camera lens, but the camera cleaner assistant was in the pisser, so I handed the camera cleaner the tissue".
"Oooooh."
posted by qvantamon at 4:29 PM on November 9, 2009


The point is to offer a reward to those in the audience kind enough to wait and see the credits so the crew get their little symbolic ego stroking.

Funny, anytime my name winds up in the credits, I think of it less as "little symbolic ego stroking" and more as a tiny bit of recognition of the ridiculous hours I and the rest of the crew put into the production, very often for pay that wasn't remotely reflective of the revenue all that work brought in.

But hey, that's just me.

Also, a "stinger" is also crew-speak for a plain old extension cord.
posted by nevercalm at 4:39 PM on November 9, 2009 [9 favorites]


>> Am I the only one here who generally sits through the credits?

Not at all, although I do it for different reasons. Nothing caps off a nice evening at the movies like seeing Mo Henry's name in the credits, usually very close to the end. I can only assume that negative cutting is a very elite occupation, because it's almost always Mo Henry doing it.
posted by davelog at 4:50 PM on November 9, 2009 [4 favorites]


Am I the only one here who generally sits through the credits?

We're credit-watchers and raising our kids to be the same. I love production babies, silly nicknames, getting a little feministically excited about seeing lots of feminine names in more traditionally masculine jobs, finding out who did that version of that one song on the soundtrack, the list of thank yous to various municipal departments, and resting myself assured that no animals were harmed. I like to start recognizing crew names from seeing enough films by certain directors.

Sometimes I'm annoyed by so-called bonus scenes that distract from my enjoyment of credits.
posted by padraigin at 4:57 PM on November 9, 2009 [2 favorites]


nevercalm: "more as a tiny bit of recognition of the ridiculous hours I and the rest of the crew put into the production"

You say tomayto, I say tomahto.

Seriously though, I do sit through the credits and I do see it as a way to show a bit of respect to the crew of the film even if their absence from the particular theater I am in makes it kind of symbolic.
posted by idiopath at 5:01 PM on November 9, 2009


Am I the only one here who generally sits through the credits?

My husband & I always sit through the credits. We always have, it just seems like the right thing to do. Also, we like to read the music credits.
posted by statolith at 5:02 PM on November 9, 2009


davelog: you should join the Mo Henry fanclub
posted by Miss Otis' Egrets at 5:05 PM on November 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


Protip: if you like seeing these when you go to the movies, make friends with a projectionist. They often spot these things when they're splicing the reels together and, if they were unusually curious / bored, might have glanced at a few of the frames and can give a vague idea of what you'll see.

As a former theatre employee myself I was a little torn. I like to watch credits, but when there's such an emphasis on getting the theatres ready quickly so we can start seating the next show, having to wait for a handful of people did get a little frustrating. For my part I tried not to make people feel rushed and would usually hang in the back until they left on their own.

Worst Post-credit scene I've ever watched was on the third X-Men movie, which completely negated the only truly interesting plot point in the rest of the story. WANT TO UNSEE
posted by Monster_Zero at 5:07 PM on November 9, 2009


Not at all, although I do it for different reasons. Nothing caps off a nice evening at the movies like seeing Mo Henry's name in the credits, usually very close to the end. I can only assume that negative cutting is a very elite occupation, because it's almost always Mo Henry doing it.

It is very, very elite. You can't really figure out how to do it on your own; you have to apprentice with somebody who knows what they're doing. Also, most of the time if you fuck something up there is no way to fix it or hide it.
posted by dogwalker at 5:12 PM on November 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


Sit, Ubu, sit. Good dog.
posted by bondcliff at 5:18 PM on November 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


I watch credits. I have a friend who likes to watch them, too, but is usually at the theater with his two kids (9 and 13, maybe)? He's taught them to search for their own names in the credits to see if there are "more Jakes, or more Kelseys", and he gets to watch the credits in peace.
posted by ersatzkat at 5:46 PM on November 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


Am I the only one here who generally sits through the credits?

No, but I'm biased. In VFX, we often don't find out who made the credit listing for our facility until we see the blasted thing.
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 5:59 PM on November 9, 2009 [2 favorites]


And, sometimes, it's moments like "Yeah, this is Revenge of the Fallen, but I got my name on its OWN LINE for once!"
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 6:03 PM on November 9, 2009 [2 favorites]


We very often stay to watch the credits for multiple reasons:

Love the soundtrack
Feeling emotionally stunned
What was the name of that song?
Where was the movie filmed?

Some credits I actually enjoy seeing and fantasizing about, "Ooo, look it is the second assistant to the wigmaker! I wonder if I could do that?" What irritates me however is stuff only insiders need to see: the caterers, the truckers, the film star's personal trainer. I always like the credit thank yous-- usually found at the very end, "The director would like to thank the staff of Buffalo-Fall-On-Head Visitors Center for their enthusiasm and cheerful assistance."
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 6:14 PM on November 9, 2009


How incredibly rude. The point is to offer a reward to those in the audience kind enough to wait and see the credits so the crew get their little symbolic ego stroking. A list like this just sullies the whole thing.

You know, if you really care about the below-the-line crew getting some recognition for their work, you probably want to support something like this, which is only going to increase the number of people who stick around during the credits for movies that have them.

Unless, of course, you think that everyone should always stick around during the credits on the off chance that there might be a stinger as a means to force more people to watch credits, in which case you might just be kind of a psychopath.
posted by dhammond at 6:20 PM on November 9, 2009


"We met at the credits!"

"And now we're married!"
posted by Mayor Curley at 6:25 PM on November 9, 2009


I'm not judging, but I've always been a bit baffled by people who watch the most emotionally-affecting movies and then leap up the moment they are over.

Alas, that would be me desperately racing to the bathroom after holding in a Big Gulp of soda for two+ hours.
posted by jamaro at 6:32 PM on November 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


The cup's empty at that point. Y'know, just saying.
posted by davelog at 6:42 PM on November 9, 2009 [2 favorites]


Am I the only one here who waits for movies to -inevitably - come out on DVD so I can bypass the stupid "coming attractions" crap up front and FF through the credits (and the sappy music) at the end so I can check for potential stingers with the least pain possible?

Plus I have good beer at home and my popcorn is way better than that yellow-glop-ridden packing material the theaters try to sell you and my bathroom's cleaner
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:56 PM on November 9, 2009


Hey all, I just wanted to say thank you for all the traffic. Especially to Effigy2000 for submitting my site!

Just the other day I was wondering when I would break the 10,000 hit mark and now it's been shattered!

I got the idea for this site after watching the new X-Men Wolverine movie. The first time I saw it, it had the Deadpool ending. But when I went with a friend, it had the bar ending. That got me wondering. And after doing some searching online for any other possible endings; I realized that there wasn't really a good site out there that categorized this information. Of course, since then, I found that other site (of which I will not name). ;o)

It's all a one man operation right now. I get help from friends and family and every so often a complete stranger. But nearly all of the entries are done by me personally. So far the site is just a labor of love. Hopefully one day it will really take off and I can actually MAKE some money from it instead of putting money into it. :o)

I know the site isn't the flashiest or best looking site out there. But, that's okay. My goal was to make a site that was simple and worked. No bells, no whistles. I want to do one thing with this site, and do it well.

Thanks again all, and I appreciate the comments!
posted by ned4spd8874 at 7:23 PM on November 9, 2009 [2 favorites]


"I got the idea for this site after watching the new X-Men Wolverine movie."
posted by ned4spd8874 at 1:23 PM on November 10

Funnily enough, it was the Wolverine movie that made me look for a site like yours.

"[Thanks] to Effigy2000 for submitting my site!"
posted by ned4spd8874 at 1:23 PM on November 10

No worries. I thought it was good enough to link around these parts so I did. However, since you seem interested in feedback, I agree with sentiments made by posters up-thread who said that having only an asterix denote which movies currently have stingers and which don't is a bit confusing (at first).

Suggestion: maybe have a seperate link from the front page that leads to all movies that are currently identified as not having a stinger, and invite people to make corrections where appropriate.

Anyways, welcome to Metafilter, and hopefully you'll stick around!
posted by Effigy2000 at 8:23 PM on November 9, 2009


I sit through the credits for films I really enjoyed to show appreciation to all those who worked on the movie. Also to avoid the rush to get out of the theater and all the traffic leaving the parking lot.

P.S. This wiki site sucks
posted by GavinR at 8:25 PM on November 9, 2009


In college I took a Buddhism class and the prof recommended going to see Little Buddha which had just been released. He told us we needed to stay until the end of the credits. It wasn't worth the wait.
posted by Rarebit Fiend at 9:15 PM on November 9, 2009


Okay, I'll confess - I'm not a credit watcher. As far as I'm concerned, once the movie ends, the movie is over. If I need to digest the experience further, I do it while racing to the bathroom, or walking across the parking lot.

I can understand in theory why a person might want to stay and watch the credits. But it seems like the theater-wide leaping to feet and shuffling and talking and bumping over your legs would negate those reasons.
posted by ErikaB at 10:25 PM on November 9, 2009


I'm a credit watcher. I don't need a reward.
posted by rokusan at 10:31 PM on November 9, 2009


Unless I have some kind of crazy connection to make, I also sit and watch all the people scramble madly and climb all over each other to get off the airplane, too. I don't know what their rush is.

One of these days I'll ask them. It should be simple, since 20 minutes later we're all standing at the same luggage carousel anyway.
posted by rokusan at 1:31 AM on November 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


Effigy2000: Yes, I appreciate the suggestions and plan to implement that soon. Unfortunately, the site is a one man operation right now and it's hard to find a lot of time to work on it. I strive to work on it at least a little bit every day. But it's hard to do when there are other things going on in life you know. I have a lot of plans for this site and appreciate the feedback.
posted by ned4spd8874 at 5:08 AM on November 10, 2009


You know you're watching movies in a geek town when folks stay during the credits to applaud the sysadmins and render farm wranglers.

I just like watching the credits for a sense of completion. For me, a film isn't over until the house lights are up and that little MPAA banner comes on the screen to tell me what the rating of the film I just saw. Sometimes you just need that time to yourself, in that seat, mulling over the film. Or you need just a little more closure. Or you simply can't move because the film was so awful it stupefied you into a catatonic state. It happens.

And getting a little thing at the end is just a very nice touch. I don't consider it a "thank you for not being the first one out the door when the film ended" (IIRC, I've heard Roger Ebert refer to post-credit gags as both "credit cookies" and "the monk's reward". I like cookies, so sometimes I just use that phrase.) I always just think they're thrown in for fun.

Credit bloopers don't count here, though. They're a different beast entirely. They get you to sit thru the credits. Post-credit biz doesn't compel you to do anything, especially if you're not even sure you'll get something at the end of it all. It's just that when you do, it's nice.



When in Hollywood, visit Universal Studios - Ask for Babs
posted by Spatch at 5:58 AM on November 10, 2009 [4 favorites]


Worst Post-credit scene I've ever watched was on the third X-Men movie, which completely negated the only truly interesting plot point in the rest of the story.

That whole movie counts as an "WANT TO UNSEE." Geesh.

I grew up with parents who seemed to want to know where every movie we attended was filmed. Of course, when I was growing up the post credit scenes were much rarer than they are today. Generally, I'll leave before the credits are over and if the post credit scene is something worth seeing, I'll catch it on DVD or when it airs on cable.
posted by Atreides at 6:03 AM on November 10, 2009


Wait for credits to end? Oh puhlease. If the bladder holds up, and the desire for a cigarette isn't paramount, then maybe. Otherwise, well...

I couldn't care less who did what in the film. It has no influence in my life at all. Ego stroke, for the folks making their living in show biz? I don't think they need it. Being called to work is sufficient, I'm quite sure, well, that and the paycheck, of course.

The only credits that typically interest me are the director, the actors, and the music. Well, okay, sometimes I don't care about those too much, either. And if I do, I can far more easily look them up on IMDB. The credits on the film often roll to quickly for me.
posted by Goofyy at 6:35 AM on November 10, 2009


fearfulsymmetry: "So the three films I chose at semi-random told me there were not post-credit stuff... er thanks, why bother listing them, then?"

If they weren't listed, you wouldn't know whether that was because they had no scenes or because it just wasn't added to the site yet.


Point... but it would have better if they had made it obvious which films had post-credit stuff without having to click through each film.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 6:35 AM on November 10, 2009


The point is to offer a reward to those in the audience kind enough to wait and see the credits so the crew get their little symbolic ego stroking. A list like this just sullies the whole thing.

Yeah, that's wonderful for you. You're a nice person.

See, in large part movie stingers only exist at the end of SHIT movies. These are movies that I go to because I have a group of friends who like to see explosions and fights and comic book characters writ large. As such, I've seen almost every Marvel movie that has made it to the theater.

Afterwards, I don't really feel like honoring the crew for their wonderful job. Wolverine was abysmal. After 2 and a half hours of mediocrity, I just don't feel like sitting through 15 minutes of credits for a 1 minute scene unless I know it exists.

Also sitting through credits with no payoff is ten times worse when you have to pee.
posted by graventy at 6:46 AM on November 10, 2009


I'm a credit watcher too. And, as I recall, it never "paid off" until Ferris Beuller. In general, I'm of a similar mind as rokusan - avoid the stampede, relax. And yes, sometimes suffer through the dirty looks of the clean-up staff.

All that said, like the site, ned4spd8874.
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 7:18 AM on November 10, 2009


fearfulsymmetry: Per the suggestions and comments I've seen on here, I have created some new categories that should help distinguish which do and which do not. Hopefully that helps!

ObscureReferenceMan: Thanks!
posted by ned4spd8874 at 7:56 AM on November 10, 2009


fearfulsymmetry: Per the suggestions and comments I've seen on here, I have created some new categories that should help distinguish which do and which do not. Hopefully that helps!

Blimey... that is customer service.

I'd heard for years that there was an extra scene at the end of one of the Harry Potter films (the second?) but I'm now dismissing that as a rumour.

I used to dutifully sit through all the credits... often feeling a bit of a nerd if I was the last one in the cinema. But I've kinda given up on that now given how long a lot of the are now with just a reprise of the film's music (I'm more interested in what music / songs are there rather than checking out who the accountants were). I still let DVD credits play out while I check my email or something.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:11 AM on November 10, 2009


Aww, I knew we should have stayed to the end of the Zombieland credits. We were getting the hairy eyeball from the employees trying to clean though.

As someone who though they were going to have one of those credited jobs one day (HA!) I usually sit through them all.
posted by JoanArkham at 8:30 AM on November 10, 2009


A couple of nits to pick, I have:

* The entry for CONSTANTINE is a bit....incomplete in its description of the after-the credits scene -- I quote:

"After the credits details:





"

.....I think something's missing there.

And while we're at it, please add the after-the-credits treat that came at the end of IRON MAN.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:51 AM on November 10, 2009


fearfulsymmetry: I'm here to please. ;o)

EmpressCallipygos: There are a few like that. It's more with the new movies, but some older movies are like that too. The problem is that I know that there is a stinger by either word of mouth, reading online, etc. But what I hear or read can vary. Unless the reports are consistent or I've seen it myself; then the entry will be blank. The exception would be if someone specifically emails me with a stinger entry. Or since it is a wiki, someone registers and fills it in themselves.

And, yes, Iron Man is on my list. I have the Blu Ray, but my PC has stopped playing them for some reason so I can't get a screen grab....then my hard drive died, I had to re-install Windows, etc...so it's kinda been a mess these last few months. Once I get the Blu Ray thing figured out, I'll add that to the top of the list!
posted by ned4spd8874 at 11:13 AM on November 10, 2009


airplane has the best credits*

i can remember seeing ferris bueller at the cinema and everyone staying to the end of the credits.

*may not be true
posted by marienbad at 11:52 AM on November 10, 2009


In case anyone was wondering, those 0.6 second-long teeny-tiny type "Chuck Lorre Productions" vanity cards at the end of Two and a Half Men, Dharma and Greg, etc. are all archived (and readable!) here.
posted by joshwa at 12:02 PM on November 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


also:

"That's some bad hat, Harry."
posted by joshwa at 12:07 PM on November 10, 2009


The one time I can remember loads of people staying to the end of the credits was when I saw The Matrix Reloaded and the word was out that there was a trailer for Revolutions at the end.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:17 PM on November 10, 2009


*signs "Moriarity"*
posted by Amanojaku at 5:29 PM on November 10, 2009


Wait for credits to end? Oh puhlease. ...I couldn't care less who did what in the film. It has no influence in my life at all.

Fine. To each his/her own. But it's not necessarily a dichotomy between people who care about the assistant gaffer and people who don't.

Like you, I don't care who did what. As I said above, I stay until the end of the credits to hear the film's score reach its conclusion and to have some processing/emoting time.

I can understand in theory why a person might want to stay and watch the credits. But it seems like the theater-wide leaping to feet and shuffling and talking and bumping over your legs would negate those reasons.

Yeah, you're right. I don't expect people to behave the way I want them to behave, but if they just chose to so on their own, here is what they'd choose to do: arrive at the movie on time and sit through the entire thing without making noise (including whispering, "WHAT DID HE SAY?" and munching popcorn). They would not light up their cellphones during the movie. They would wait until the movie was over, credits included, before leaving. They would approach the entire experience like a solemn religious rite. (Yeah, I'm a blast at parties.)

People will never make this choice -- and why should they? -- so I should just do this...

wait for movies to -inevitably - come out on DVD...

Except I LOVE watching movies on a huge screen.

I am trying to be patient -- to wait until I can afford a home theatre with a giant screen. When that day comes, I will never go to a movie theatre again.
posted by grumblebee at 6:27 PM on November 10, 2009


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