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

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Hell Here Neon Sign from Batman Returns

In Batman Returns, the much darker 1992 follow up to Tim Burton’s first big-budget film featuring the Caped Crusader, we are introduced to Selena Kyle (played by Michelle Pfeiffer) who later transforms into Catwoman after she’s tossed out of a high-rise building and rescued by some stray cats.

Hell Here Neon Sign Batman Returns

In this iconic scene, after she assumes her Catwoman identity she trashes her apartment, and in doing so kicks a “HELLO THERE” neon sign she has hanging on her wall.  The ‘O’ and the ‘T’ end up broken, making the sign say “HELL HERE.” This is a pretty fitting message and a nice subtle touch by Mr. Burton.

Hell Here Hello There Batman Returns Neon Sign

Hell Here Neon Sign

Hell Here Neon Sign