Exclusive 'Searching' Blu-ray Clip Reveals Movie's Biggest Easter Eggs

The John Cho horror movie hits Blu-ray and DVD next month, and Inverse has an exclusive peek at a major bonus feature.

Easily one of the most gripping movies of the year, Searching features John Cho (Star Trek) as a father looking for his missing daughter. In a clip from the Blu-ray and DVD release, some of the film’s Easter eggs are revealed by director Aneesh Chaganty and screenwriter Sev Ohanian, including clues that hint at the film’s twist ending.

On Monday, Sony announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of Searching, set for November 27. Inverse is offering an exclusive sneak peek at one of the bonus features: “The Theory Behind the Easter Eggs,” where the filmmakers explicitly point out some of the clues they snuck into the movie.

Warning: Spoilers for Searching are below and in the exclusive clip above.

In the exclusive clip, Chaganty and Ohanian point out how Detective Vick (Debra Messing) reveals she knows about “the lake,” the place where Margot (Michelle La) was last seen and probably left behind, even though the lake had never come up before between her and David (Cho).

A second hint is in the “confessional” tape released by one of the suspected murderers. The suspect seems to read off a piece of paper offscreen, indicating the confession is false, which viewers know to be true when the film ends.

The third and final Easter egg in the clip is an email to David from “Sev Ohanian,” the film’s screenwriter, who outright mentions in the heading that Margot was catfished by “Fish_N_Chips” (an online handle that’s also kind of obvious, now that I’m seeing it typed out next to “catfish”).

As a story told entirely through smartphones, web cams, livestreams, and basically anything other than a typical cinematographer’s camera, it’s pretty astonishing how the filmmakers hid some of the biggest spoilers, including that revealing the ending, without anyone noticing. But as Searching is a story about false identities and misdirection, it shouldn’t be surprising either.


Searching will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on November 27.

Media via Sony Pictures, Elisabeth Kitchens