post-credits sequence


post-credits sequence
  either a throwaway scene or an epilogue that happens during or after the end credits; sometimes used as a bonus for theatergoers who remain to watch the credits, and partly to generate 'buzz' about the extra scene
  Examples: Airplane! (1980) has the most famous example of a post-credits sequence when taxi passenger (politician and income-tax fighter Howard Jarvis), who was abandoned by Ted Striker (Robert Hayes) -- but with the meter still running, checks his watch and huffs with one final punchline: "Well, I'll give him another 20 minutes, but that's it!"; other films include Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), Angel Heart (1987), The Great Outdoors (1988), Cosi (1996), and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003). Many films have post-credit sequences in the middle of the end credits, such as Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), Chicken Run (2000), and Shrek 2 (2004)

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