Killian’s Irish Red Neon Sign from Pulp Fiction

In Quentin Tarantino’s classic neo-noir flick Pulp Fiction, what seems to be a simple background prop turns out to give some subtle foreshadowing for the events to occur. This takes place in the pawn shop scene after Butch escapes from the basement. Look at the neon sign in the upper-left corner after he decides to go back and save Marcellus from the pawn shop owner and Zed:

Pulp Fiction Killian's Red Neon Sign

It’s a sign for Killian’s Irish Red beer, but with half of the letters burnt out, spelling only “KILL ED.” What is the significance of this?

This could be interpreted two ways: It spells out “KILLED,” which symbolizes Zed’s ultimate fate. Or, take a look at this shot of Zed’s key chain earlier in the scene:

Pulp Fiction Zed Z Keychain

Adding the “Z” to the sign spells out “Kill Zed,” Pretty cool huh? This neon sign can even be customized with a pull chain that only turns on the “kill ed” letters!

Killian's Irish Red Neon Sign

Custom Neon Signs

Bates Motel Neon Sign from Psycho

Bates Motel Neon Sign Psycho

Arguably Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous movie also may feature cinema’s most iconic neon sign. The Bates Motel is where Marion Crane finds herself during a rainy night and, well, let’s just say her stay at this roadside inn didn’t turn out in her favor.

Psycho (1960) stars Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, and Janet Leigh and tells the tale of a secretary on the run and a disturbed hotel owner which leads to a bloody aftermath. This classic movie has spawned sequels, remakes, and now a hit T.V. series. A Bates Motel neon sign will look awesome on your wall, just be wary of knife-wielding, cross-dressing weirdos while you shower!

Bates Motel No Vacancy Neon Sign

Bates Motel Neon Sign

Rick’s Cafe Americain Neon Sign from Casablanca

Rick's Cafe Americain Neon Sign Casablanca“Play it once, Sam, for old times’ sake.”

Casablanca (1942) is one of the most popular movies ever made. Featuring an A-list cast, memorable and quotable dialogue, and iconic music, this film continues to be included in lists of the greatest movies ever made year after year. It won the Academy Award for Best Picture as well as awards for Best Screenplay and Best Director (Michael Curtiz). Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca tells the story of an American expatriate in Morocco.

The neon sign of Rick Blaine’s upscale nightclub and casino (Rick’s Café Americain) is featured prominently in this classic tale of a man torn between love and virtue. When you hang this piece of iconic movie memorabilia on your wall, it will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Rick's Cafe Americain Neon Sign Casablanca

Rick's Cafe Americain Casablanca Neon Sign

Rick’s Cafe Americain Neon Sign