Movie Moments That Were Foreshadowed That Still Completely Escaped Me

Jordan Claes
Marty McFly dressed as Clint Eastwood in 'Back To The Future Part III'.
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Foreshadowing is one of the most critical elements of storytelling. It's a way for filmmakers to tease what is to come by providing a trail of breadcrumbs for those savvy few to follow.

Sometimes, foreshadowing in film can be executed with such precision that the audience doesn't even realize it's happening. With that being said, here are a handful of movie moments that were foreshadowed — that still completely escaped me.

A revealing shadow in 'Batman Returns'.

Selina Kyle working in the dark in 'Batman Returns'.
Warner Bros. | Warner Bros.

Right before Max Shreck pushes Selina Kyle out the window, she can be seen working diligently at her desk. The shadow her glasses casts on her face looks eerily reminiscent of Catwoman's mask.

We should've known that Darth Vader was Luke Skywalker's father in 'Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back'.

Luke Skywalker's face in Vader's mask in 'The Empire Strikes Back'.
20th Century Fox | 20th Century Fox

While training with Yoda on Dagobah, Luke has a vision of fighting Vader inside a giant tree. When he strikes Vader down, Luke sees himself in Vader's helmet — thus confirming they are of the same family tree.

"Could I have a glass of water, please?" - 'Shutter Island'.

Shortly after Teddy and Chuck arrive at Shutter Island, they begin conducting interviews with some of the patients. While Teddy is speaking with Mrs. Kearns, she takes a sip of water from an invisible glass — thus illustrating that nothing is what it seems.

Harvey Dent predicted his own dastardly future in 'The Dark Knight'.

Harvey Dent/Two-Face yelling "Shut up!" in 'The Dark Knight'.
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While having dinner with Bruce Wayne and Rachel Dawes, Harvey says "You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." Later on, Gotham's white knight becomes the villain Two-Face.

Nearly every single death in 'The Departed' is foreshadowed.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon in 'The Departed'.
Warner Bros. | Warner Bros.

The Departed has an incredibly high body count. If you pay close attention, you can tell who will be next to bite the bullet by searching the scene for an "X."

"In The Ring (2002), Aidan's teacher is wearing a shirt which has horse figures on it, suggesting the same hint can be found on the tape." - Reddit u/OrangeJuice665

Rachel speaking to Aiden's teacher in 'The Ring'.
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No matter how many times I see it, this movie still manages to creep the absolute hell out of me.

Tying the belt buckles together in 'Jurassic Park'.

During the helicopter ride to Jurassic Park, Dr. Grant can't get buckled up and therefore ties two female seatbelts in a knot. This foreshadows how the all-female dinosaurs were able to mate, by changing their sex — made possible by the frog DNA in their genetic makeup.

Alfred Borden is a twin in 'The Prestige'.

Alfred Borden showing a young boy a magic coin in 'The Prestige'.
Buena Vista | Buena Vista

During an early magical performance, an aging magician appears to crush and kill a bird in its cage. A young boy starts crying, compelling Alfred Borden to reveal that the bird is alive and well. To which the boy replies, "But where's his brother?"

"Venom discards all red M&M's before Carnage is seen by Eddy or himself. This is because Venom is scared of "the red ones." - Reddit u/spillytalker

Eddie Brock sitting at the table, a pile of red M&Ms is in front of him in 'Venom: Let There Be Carnage'.
Sony Pictures | Sony Pictures

I can't believe that I never noticed this before! Here I was thinking that Venom just preferred to eat the red ones last.

The number 82 is significant in 'Magnolia'.

Frog streaking down car windshield in 'Magnolia'.
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Why did it all of a sudden start raining frogs? Eagle-eyed viewers will have likely noticed the number 82 popping up multiple times throughout the film. This is a reference to Exodus 8:2, where God instructs Moses to go to Pharaoh and demand that he free the Israelites.

Red foreshadows precisely how Andy Dufresne will escape in 'The Shawshank Redemption'.

Red and Andy sitting against a wall in 'The Shawshank Redemption'.
Columbia Pictures | Columbia Pictures

After Andy tells Red of his desire to move to Mexico after he gets out of prison, Red dismisses it as nothing more than "A shitty pipe dream." Later on, Andy crawls to freedom through a sewer pipe.

Dr. Otto Octavius foreshadows his own death in 'Spider-Man 2'.

Spider-Man fighting Dr. Octopus in 'Spider-Man 2'.

Right after Otto escapes from the hospital, he says to himself that both he and his invention belong at the bottom of the river. Later on in the film, he drowns himself in an act of heroic sacrifice.

"Open your eyes." - 'Vanilla Sky'

Tom Cruise in 'Vanilla Sky'.
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Audiences should've known that Vanilla Sky is one giant lucid dream right from the get-go. The film opens with a recording of Sophia saying "Open your eyes." Thus implying that David is, in fact, asleep.

The fate of Norman's mother was revealed in his first conversation with Marion Crane in 'Psycho'.

After Norman becomes angry when Marion suggests he put his mother in a psychiatric institution, he tells her "She's harmless, she's as harmless as one of those stuffed birds." This is very true, as Norman killed his mother years ago.

Marty McFly was able to save himself thanks to Biff in 'Back To The Future III'.

Marty McFly wearing a metal vest in 'Back To The Future III'.
Giphy | Back to the Future Trilogy

In Back to the Future II, Marty walks in on Biff watching A Fistful of Dollars in the hot tub. In that film, Clint Eastwood uses a piece of metal as a bulletproof vest. When Marty gets into a gunfight with Mad-Dog Tannen in BTTF III, he uses the same technique to save his own life.