Okay, this blog is one to place my ramblings about films, DVDs, technology and whatever. As an aside from my other blog, which is more about photography and mountain biking. As a Kubrick fan I have named it See You Next Wednesday, thanks to John Landis (and Stanley Kubrick in part) for the following reasons:


“See You Next Wednesday!” features in many John Landis films as a kind of a trademark. Featured in different ways hidden in the background of his films, it is believed to have come from a particular line in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey where Frank Pool’s parents are giving him a birthday greeting and sign off with the line “See You Next Wednesday!”. It is also apparently the name of Landis’s first screenplay.

Wikipedia entry on “See You Next Wednesday”

2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey [1968] [buy this] – From IMDB: The trademark trivia often mentioned in Landis directed films, the inclusion in some form of the phrase “See you next Wednesday” is a reference to a line in the Stanley Kubrick film ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ where astronaut Frank Poole watches a video sent to him by his wife and father on the occasion of his birthday. At the end of the video his wife says, “See you next Wednesday!” an obvious reference to their next available time to transmit a message to the distant space craft bound for Jupiter, though since Frank is killed within the next day or two by HAL, it is perhaps meant as an ironic trademark since it seems to occur in Landis films when characters are in great danger.


Landis Films…

Schlock [1973] – promoted twice during the newscasts for the “movie at 6 on 6”, on a poster outside the movie theatre, and on a poster in the theatre lobby.



The Kentucky Fried Movie [1977] – the title of the “Feel-a-Rama” movie.

Kentucky Fried Movie

The Blues Brothers [1980] [buy this] – the message on the billboard that the cops were hiding behind.

The Blues Brothers

An American Werewolf in London [1981] [buy this] – the porno film showing when David meets Jack and his zombie friends. A poster for the film appears in the London Underground when the man is killed.

An American Werewolf in London

An American Werewolf in London

Twighlight Zone: The Movie [1983] – spoken in German when Bill is being shot at on the building.

Trading Places [1983] [buy this] – on a poster in Ophelia’s apartment.

Trading Places

Thriller [1983] (Michael Jackson video) – Spoken by someone in the movie that Michael and Ola are watching. It’s written in blood on a wall.

Into The Night [1984] [buy this] – appears on two posters in the office where Ed and Diana make the phone call.

Into The Night

Spies Like Us [1985] – on the recruitment poster behind the desk of the commander of the army training post.

Coming To America [1988] [buy this] – on a movie poster in the subway station (the movie claims to star Jamie Lee Curtis, who appeared in Landis’
Trading Places (1983)

Coming To America

Dream On [1990] – First episode “The First One,” directed by John Landis, Martin (Brian Benben) says to his maid (Marianne Muellerleile), “See you next Thursday”, she corrects him saying, “Wednesday”.

Innocent Blood [1992] – advertised on the marquee across the street from the Melody Lounge exotic dance bar. The car crash at the Shadyside gas station scene was filmed in Squirrel Hill, and the nearby multiplex cinema changed its marquee to be “See You Next Wednesday” every night after closing. The movie itself featured no footage of that theatre (or the street on which it resides), although it is possible that it was edited out.

The Stupids [1996] – On the back of the bus that the kids chain their bikes to.

Family (Masters of Horror Episode) [2006] – Spoken by a cartoon character on TV.

Acknowledgements: Copyright of the photos in this article acknowledged, and are used under fair use for illustrative purposes only. Some of this information taken from the Internet Movie Database. Thanks to Blair Lamont for the Into The Night photo. If anyone’s got any other pics, I would be grateful of a donation to this article. Please forward to
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  • John Kitchen

    I typed in “seeyounextwednesday.com” to see what would happen. Your website is great! I’ve been hip to the SNW thing since seeing my second Landis flick, I’ve always searched it out since. I did not know the 2001 tie in. Hey, you missed Animal House. I actually found out it is in the Belushi / Pirate scene from Landis, through a set assistant.
    I had given the assistant 8×10’s of the Squirrel hill Theater featuring “See You Next Wednesday” to ask for autographs, he kindly complied. Also from Innocent Blood, Mr. Landis had SNW put on a downtown former porn theater. I have slide images of that Marquee. I also have shots of all of the neon they put up in the created porn district. I also had wandered onto the set of the gas station wreck and shot 2 rolls of medium format before being asked if I belonged on the set (I just happened to have on a Warner Brothers embroidered Leather Jacket, the movie was a WB production). I replied I was with the Pittsburgh Film Historical Society, they asked for credentials, I replied “How can I, I just made it up!” with that I was asked to leave….
    If you reply that you are interested in the images, I’ll dig. But for how buried they are I want to make sure your site is still active and interested.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Sincerely, John Kitchen WCSG

  • Tim (site admin)

    Hi, thanks for the Animal House tip. I haven’t seen it for a while so I’ll have to go and check.

    Any photos would be great, but don’t go to too much trouble. I’m interested in anything really to get this site going, though I don’t have much time at the moment.

    Thanks for the interesting stories. Being UK based I don’t get much chance to visit movie sets. Quite impressive to smuggle a medium format camera on set though!



  • This line is also spoken in the French film “Amelie,” said to Nino after he leaves his gig at the funhouse.

  • Gavin Dobson

    I was watching Trading Places this afternoon and even thought I knew to look for thr poster I had a hard time fovcusing on it!! So out of sheer curiosity I googled SYNW and came to this excellent site. I will sit and peruse it at my leisure when I’ve pakced the kids off to bed.

    And I didn’t know the Frank Poole reference.

  • Tim (site admin)

    Which reminds me, just got around to adding the screenshot for Trading Places!. Still can’t find the scene in Animal House though.

  • Vin

    can’t find it in Beverley Hills Cop 3

  • site admin

    Just spotted it in a Simpsons episode (“Yokel Chords” from Season 18). Bart’s at the psychiatrist and on leaving he says “See You Next Wednesday”. Could be pure coincidence of course but knowing the references The Simpsons has to almost everything there’s a chance it’s linked.

  • Andy

    This line is also spoken in pop video ‘THRILLER’ on the film in the cinema!

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  • Fifteen seconds into the trailer for Hellboy II: The Golden Army, there’s a theatre marquee with the letters “SEE YOU NEXT N S DAY” on it.

  • Thane Chastain

    I thought I read in Rolling Stone years ago that ‘See you next Wednesday’ was an early soft porn Landis film. Does anyone else remember this?

  • site admin

    The soft porn film is fictional and in the main referenced to in American Werewolf in London. In other films ‘See You Next Wednesday’ is again fictional and varies (e.g. monster film, romance, cheesy sci-fi flick).

    Seems to mainly be a comical reference to cheap cheesy films.

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  • dar’vul

    Learn to spell.

  • site admin

    Thank you for that inspired contribution. I shall endeavour to keep up to your standards. Best regards, Tim.

  • ebichu64

    I’m sure I’ve seen/heard it in Gremlins, Explorers and 1941. Matinee as well. The Howling? Terminator? Cocoon???? 0_o’
    I can’t remember if Landis was involved in any way with these movies or not. Or of it was just other people jumping on the bandwagon, or if it’s my memory playing tricks on me. I need to dig them out and watch them again.

  • rst

    Please visit “See you next wednesday” on spanish “Nos vemos el próximo miércoles”. A tribute to John Landis.



  • I've got a VHS copy of 1980s horror/sci-fi flick “Time Sweep” (or Timesweep) and one of the persons were in the abandoned film studio discovering lost printings of several movies, one of the movie he said was “See You Next Wednesday”!!!

  • bradlebomb


    4:05 – 4:12 “See you next wednesday”

  • Name

    The gag inspired a parody religion, “Next Wednesdayism”, a variant of “Last Thursdayism”. It holds that the universe will be created next Wednesday; all we now seem to remember and experience are either Divine premonitions or illusions of the Devil, depending.

  • lol

    see you next wednesday……. in louisiana

  • Sami Holmes

    “See you next Wednesday” is also prominently used already in the first (and one of the greatest) British New Wave films “Saturday Night And Sunday Morning” (1960), as Albert Finney’s happy-go-lucky caharacter gets to see his new girlfriend at first only on Wednesdays.

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  • Noway

     In the mid ’80s there often was a late-night-double-feature in a local cinema, “Schlock” & “Kentucky fried movie”. That was when a friend of mine discovered SYNW for the first time. We found it again in the “Blues Brothers” (billboard), when it became clear as a “secret message” (ever tried to play records in reverse mode to hear the satanic messages?). We found it in, “Black or white” and “American werewolf in London” and I can hardly remember where else. Maybe it is a little harder for us because we are German, when the phrase is spoken it is not discovered immediately, sometimes the translation resembles “Till next Wednesday” or “We meet next Wednesday”.
    Today I just finished my Email “Out of office”-reply with: “DON’T PANIC – See you next Wednesday!”
    Keep it up!

    Julian, Palatinate, Germany

  • Darrenl

    Never heard the expression “see you next Tuesday” it’s a British way of calling someone a C*nt,
    Perhaps this sheds some light?

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  • shawn

    You forgot the movie poster and marque in both the Hellboy movies

  • Punkster

    Are you a tool of Last Thursdayism? How did you manage to post this 3 years before Disqus was created?

    Can I have that ability?