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The thing about film is that the writers and directors have a vision for the entirety of a project that lets them play some fun tricks on the audience. In these cases, they used foreshadowing to give us a little bit of a hint at what's to come without completely tipping us off.

Check out these eight truly subtle and amazing foreshadowing moments from some of the biggest films.

1. "I would DIE to get samples." from Avatar

Sigourney Weaver, aka Dr. Grace Augustine, early in the film when asked about the Tree of Souls boldly claims "I would die to get samples". She ends up "with Ewa now" aka dead as a doorknob at the end of the film. She never got those samples! But she did die tryin'.

2. What separates man and beast? Fire, of course. from The Jungle Book

This may have just seemed like a fun song about humans and animals being friends and learning from each other. However, the part where King Louie asks Mowgli to teach him how to make fire (to be human) foreshadows Mowgli defeating Shere Khan by using... what else, FIRE!

Disney coming with the heat, literally.

3. Keyser Sozë and the gold lighter... and multiple other times you probably thought "damn, how did I not see this coming" from The Usual Suspects

It's a no-brainer to include this one on the list because this was one of the headiest movies I've ever seen. What I mean by that, is that it's a mindgame where you probably didn't fully stay on-board with the first time you saw it.

The gold watch from the beginning, the Kobayashi coffee cup, and multiple other things should have tipped you off. But they didn't. This is one of the all-time greatest suspense and thriller mystery films of all-time.

4. A plan to get hammered actually reveals the entire plot from Shaun of the Dead

Talk about subtle. In this film, a plan to get wasted actually details the entire plot of the film. The reason to drink? A break-up of course... classic movie trope right? Wrong. This whole film gets described in this simple scene.

5. "A Fist Full of Dollars" from Back to the Future II

So this one is a little complicated... bear with me. This is the scene that Alternate 1985 Biff is watching in his hot-tub with two beautiful women (in the lap of luxury of course), and Clint Eastwood does this on-screen...

He uses a bulletproof vest in the film, and little would anyone know or guess, but Marty McFly does the same later in the film. Check out the stove iron plate that he avoids getting shot with towards the end.

6. A pretty clear one from The Dark Knight

"You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain." - Harvey Dent.

Well, we all know how that turned out...


7. Luke's vision from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Luke sees himself destroying Darth Vader and himself under the mask as foreshadowing for what would happen if he joined The Dark Side. It also hints at the deeper, soon-to-be-revealed father/son relationship between Vader and Skywalker.

8. One of the best action foreshadowings ever... involving the Power Loader from Aliens

This fan-made video by YouTube user xeriouxi perfectly sums this one up. Check it out below, as the "I can drive that loader" line proves to be the ultimate foreshadowing for the final battle scene with Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley.

What do you think? Any that we forgot?



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