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[[caption-width-right:358: Creator/QuentinTarantino loves this trope.]]
A specific type of CompartmentShot, which involves a character placing or retrieving something (or someone) in the trunk[[note]]boot, if you're using British English[[/note]] of a car. POV will usually be from within the trunk looking up at the character opening it, sometimes from the actual POV of a character who's been stuffed into the trunk.

Popularised by Creator/QuentinTarantino who has a Trunk Shot in all of his films.

See PunkInTheTrunk for one of the ways this shot can be used. Distant relative of the HuddleShot.

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!!Examples
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[[AC:AnimeAndManga]]
* In ''[[Anime/GhostInTheShell Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence]]'', one happens as Batou and Togusa prepare to raid a {{Yakuza}} office.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* In ''Film/HeWalkedByNight'', credited with being the first film to use this trope, the cops thoroughly inspect the trunk of a car.
* In ''Literature/InColdBlood'': the cops put a box in the trunk of the car, after putting Dick in the car.
* In ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'' there is a famous trunk scene, although the camera POV isn't actually looking out from inside the trunk.
* In ''Film/UncleBuck'', Buck and Tia look at Bug who is bound and gagged in the trunk.
* In ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome'', the camera looks at Mad Max and a group of abandoned children, who find a laddered shaft under the trunk of a car wreck.
* Every Creator/QuentinTarantino movie ever:
** ''Film/JackieBrown'': on two different occassions. One where Ordell Jones wants Beaumont Livingston to get in the trunk. And one where Jackie Brown gets stuff from her trunk.
** ''Film/KillBill'': The Bride is talking to Sophie Fatale, who is in the trunk. Also used when Budd is looking down at the Bride in the cemetery, and when the DiVAS look down at her in the wedding chapel.
** ''Film/PulpFiction'': Jules and Vince when they take their guns from the trunk.
** ''Film/ReservoirDogs'': looking out from the trunk where the captured cop is.
** ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' (which Tarantino scripted and acts in, but did not direct)
** ''Film/DeathProof'' ([[InvertedTrope Inverted]], this one is actually a shot from under the '''front hood''' of a car).
** ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'': the POV is lying on the ground when Rain and Donowitz use a knife on a Nazi.
** ''Film/DjangoUnchained'': the POV is from the ground when Django points his gun at Big John Brittle.
** ''Film/TheHatefulEight'': A wounded [[spoiler: Bob's]] POV before Marquis [[BoomHeadshot finishes him off.]]
%%* ''Film/LaidToRest''
* ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'': Mrs. Lovett looking onto Pirelli's body in the chest.
* ''Film/HotFuzz''. Also an intentional ShoutOut. [[ABloodyMess Ta da.]]
* In the short film ''Film/CigarettesAndCoffee'', Bill tells Steve in the trunk of his car "...almost home, Stevie!"
* Used in ''Film/{{Triangle}}'', after Jess stashes the body in the trunk of her car.
* In ''Film/WildTales'', when Simón Fisher loads explosives into the trunk of his car.
* ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons''. Has one as a ShoutOut to Tarantino in a ''Disney'' film. With frogs.
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', the camera looks out of the hole in the ground where Jack, Elizabeth and Norrington found a chest.
* In ''Film/AGoodDayToDieHard'', John and Jack inspect the trunks of three different cars.
* In ''Film/{{Innerspace}}'', Igoe's BMW ("SNAPON")[[note]]This is a reference to Snap-on tools; an automotive mechanic tool that features a snap mechanism for different attachments, similar to [[SwissArmyAppendage his hand]].[[/note]] and Scrimshaw's Rolls-Royce ("SUB-ZRO").

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* ''Series/BreakingBad'': In the ColdOpen for the Season 5 Premier, this shot is used as Walt looks at [[spoiler: the M60]] in his trunk.
* ''Series/FakingIt'' does it in the season 2 premiere when Shane kidnaps Lauren's boyfriend Tommy.
* In "And His Watch is Ended" of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Varys shows Tyrion a trapped sorcerer that is kept in a large box, bound and gagged, Varys and Tyrion are shown watching him from this angle, with part of the lid and the box visible.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' uses this trope in "Paddy's Pub: The Worst Bar in Philadelphia" Given the [[AccidentalKidnapping context]], it may be an additional shout-out to Tarantino's films in general
* ''Series/{{Life on Mars|2006}}'': Gene Hunt does this to Sam Tyler at least once.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': In "Mr. Monk and the Other Detective," Monk and Marty Eels look at the store manager's car and the camera shooting them from inside the trunk.
* ''Series/MyMadFatDiary'' uses this trope in its first episode, when Karim is first introduced.
* Pilot episode of ''Series/TheStreetsOfSanFrancisco'' (1972) contains one near the end of an episode, when Stone, Keller and Malone find a chest with victim's belongings.
* ''Series/StrangerThings'': In "The Bathtub", Hopper gets one when he and his lieutenants find the [[spoiler: monster hunting equipment]] in Jonathan's trunk.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the Winchesters keep their weapons in the trunk, and so it represents their "family business." The last shot of the pilot is a dramatic trunk shot with the trunk slamming shut serving as a cut to black. Also an example of BookEnds, as season 2 ends with the exact same shot, and line/theme ("We've got work to do.").
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'': Rick and Shane argue about [[spoiler: their prisoner]] in their car.

[[AC:{{Music}}]]
* The music video for the Music/DixieChicks' "Goodbye Earl" uses the trunk shot when the girls take Earl for dumping. It uses a similar shot (not in a trunk) earlier when Earl's on the floor dying of poison.
* The page picture for the {{Grindcore}} group Music/PigDestroyer.
* Music/{{NWA}}'s ''Music/StraightOuttaCompton'' 's album cover.
* In the video for Axelle Red's 1998 music video ''Rester femme'', Axelle looks at her husband, who is bound and gagged in the trunk.
* In Shakira's video for ''Objection (Tango)'', she is smiling sadistically at her ex-boyfriend and his mistress, who are bound and gagged in the trunk.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' gives us this as a ShoutOut to ''Film/PulpFiction'', just before Lance and Tommy lay siege to Ricardo Diaz's estate.
* A piece of concept art for ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' depicts the three protagonists in this. [[spoiler: It turns out to be a replica of a scene from the game's GoldenEnding, where the man in the trunk is one of the {{Big Bad}}s.]]

[[AC:WebOriginal]]
* ''WebOriginal/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wYtG7aQTHA Spielberg vs. Hitchcock]] has one [[spoiler:at the end of Quentin Tarantino's verse]].

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