17 Brilliant Foreboding Moments in Movies and TV

SSometimes a good plot twist is just unbeatable. David Fincher’s grisly noir from 1995 Se7enCelebrating its 25th anniversary today, it’s celebrated for many things, including its shocking final twist.

But even on repeated viewing, many people fail to notice the subtle clues left earlier in the film that they hinted at Se7enreveal ‘s climax.

Premonitions can be a fine art employed to great tragic or satirical effect—or they can simply be playful, a way of rewarding obsessive viewers browsing through their favorite movie or TV series in search of Easter eggs.

Out of breaking Bad to How I met your motherHere is a list of 17 films and series that secretly revealed big twists early on.

If it is necessary to say heavy spoilers follow

The end of the world

Edgar Wright’s 2013 genre hype The end of the world spoiled not so much his own end as the whole of his plot. In the film, which revolves around an apocalyptic pub crawl, the names of the 12 pubs (which make up the so-called “Golden Mile”) contain indirect references to the events taking place within them (in The Two Headed Dog, the protagonists are played by attacked by twins; The Hole in the Wall sees its wall being breached by a car, etc.). But the most notable foreshadowing comes when Gary (Simon Pegg) declares the group to be the “five musketeers,” prompting Oliver for an answer, “Don’t you mean the three musketeers?” He’s right, of course, and by the end of the film two of the five members died.

Unpolished gems

Released in the UK earlier this year, Unpolished gems saw Adam Sandler give a stunning performance as the compulsive, chaotic gambler Howard Ratner. After upsetting a loan shark’s henchman (Keith Williams Richards) too many times, Howard takes a bullet in the face at the film’s stunning ending. The thing is, his killer told him he was going to do it just 10 minutes into the movie. “You’re dead,” he tells him. “You’re dead. You think I’m playing games? If I shovel the dirt over your head, you’ll see how funny it is.”

Higher Stakes: Adam Sandler as Howard Ratner in the Safdie brothers’ “Uncut Gems.”


shutter Island

The end of Martin Scorsese’s 2010 Noir shutter Island was really a brainstorm. After watching detectives Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) investigate mysterious happenings at an island mental institution, we learn that Teddy is actually an inmate of the institution, part of an elaborate experiment to save his Psyche repair together again. There’s a litany of small signs that the whole thing was staged, but one particularly telling moment comes when Daniels and Aule unholstered their firearms. Aule, who is actually an employee of the institution, fiddles with his gun and reveals for a moment that he is clearly not a member of the police force.


The end of Jaw sees Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) use compressed air tanks to finally kill his aquatic nemesis by detonating them in the shark’s mouth. At the beginning of the film, an image of a shark biting into a long top hat is shown, which looks very similar to the ending. But the greatest foreboding comes when the air tanks roll around on the ship’s deck and Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) says, “If you mess with these tanks, they’re going to explode!” Moments later, Quint (Robert Shaw) says, “This is real fine, expensive equipment you brought here, Mr. Hooper. But I don’t know what this bastard shark will do with it. Could eat it I suppose.”

Murray Hamilton, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss in Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster classic Jaws


The prestige

Christopher Nolan’s 2006 thriller contained some major twists, including the revelation that wizard Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) is actually twin brothers – a ruse they exploit to pull off the infamous “Transported Man” trick. However, this was hinted at earlier in the film when a boy witnesses a ploy involving a collapsing birdcage. When the wizard appears to bring back the crushed bird, bared in his sleeve, the boy asks, “Where’s his brother?”

Reservoir Dogs

Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 pop classic contains a number of clues that the Snitch’s identity was actually Mr. Orange (Tim Roth). Aside from the dominance of orange visual cues found throughout the film, the opening coffee scene also alerts viewers to his betrayal: when Mr Pink (Steve Buscemi) fails to tip the waitress at the diner, is it orange that makes him boss.


skyfall made a huge impact on James Bond canon with his decision to kill M (played by Judi Dench) at the end of the film. While this was a surprise at the time, the twist was actually not revealed all that subtly in the film’s opening credits. After Dench’s name appears on screen, the camera zooms in on a tombstone – which appears like an epitaph for a split second.

Judi Dench as M in the 2012 Bond thriller Skyfall

(Colombia Pictures)

breaking Bad

The second season of AMC’s hit crime drama breaking Bad ended in spectacular tragedy when Walt’s (Bryan Cranson) actions resulted in a plane crashing in flames in the skies over Albuquerque, New Mexico. However, creators dropped clues in the titles for four separate episodes this season: “Seven Thirty-Seven,” “Down,” “Over,” and “ABQ” (the latter being Albuquerque’s airport code).

Better call Saul

Vince Gilligan and co would pull a similar trick with breaking Bad‘s ongoing spin-off, Better call Saul. Gustavo Fring, the villainous drug and fried chicken lord played by Giancarlo Esposito, made a surprise return in season three. But the twist was ruined in advance by observant fans, who noticed that the first few letters in all 10 episode titles of Season 2 could be rearranged to spell “FRING’S BACK.”

Giancarlo Esposito as chicken baron/crime boss Gus Fring in Breaking Bad before his return in Better Call Saul


The soldier James Ryan

Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed wartime blockbuster opens with a sequence set in the present day when an elderly man visits a tombstone in a Normandy cemetery. As the film flashes back to 1944, it’s not clear which of the soldiers storming the beaches of Normandy will become this future veteran – only at the end are we revealed that it’s actually the surviving James Ryan, depicted in the title of the film is mentioned. However, those familiar with military paraphernalia may have already guessed the identity of the old vet: he wears a 101st Airborne Division (Ryan’s Division) pin, while Hanks et al. are part of the Army Rangers.


Another Chris Nolan film, another slice of winking cataphora. The space epic’s big twist – that good-natured astronaut Joseph Cooper (Matthew McConoughey) communicates with his daughter in the past through a time-travelling Tesseract – is actually foreshadowed in one of the very first lines of dialogue. When Cooper surprises his daughter, Murphy, she says, “I thought you were my ghost.” Three hours of filming later, it turns out he was.

Matthew McConaughey as Cooper and Mackenzie Foy as Murphy in Insterstellar

(Warner Brothers)

the thing

This horror classic from John Carpenter revealed the nature of his shapeshifting alien from the very beginning of the film, as a dog is being chased through the frozen landscape by a man in a helicopter. The residents of the research station are shocked to witness the scene, but if they had spoken Norwegian they might have been able to understand. The man says something along the lines of, “Get out of there. That’s not a dog, that’s something! It imitates a dog, it’s not real! Go away, you idiots!”

game of Thrones

When direwolf pups are discovered in the first episode of HBO’s popular fantasy series game of Thrones, opinions on what to do are divided. However, no one is more eager to kill her than Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen). When Theon turns on House Stark later in the series, they should have seen it coming – direwolves are the symbol of Stark.

Alfie Allen as the wolf-hating Theon Greyjoy in Game of Thrones season one

(©2016 Home Box Office, Inc. All)

How I met your mother

While the identity of the titular mother in How I met your mother remained a mystery until the show’s final season, her name — at least her first name — was revealed very early on. In the Season 1 Thanksgiving episode “Belly Full of Turkey,” the future Ted is telling his kids about going to a strip club for dinner with Neil Patrick Harris’ Barney when he is introduced to a stripper named Tracy. For a second, he pretends to his kids that that’s how he met their mother—which would only make sense if that’s their real mother’s name. In fact, it later turns out that the mother is a certain Tracy McConnell.


Paul Thomas Anderson took advantage of the cache his 1999 porn drama offered him boogie nights close magnolia, a wildly ambitious ensemble film that culminated with a barrage of frogs raining down from the sky. However, those who are particularly well acquainted with the Christian Bible would have expected: magnolia is littered with references to the numbers 8 and 2, a nod to Exodus 8:2. The verse in question is: “The Nile shall swarm with frogs, and they shall come into thy palace, and up into thy bedroom, and upon thy bed, into the houses of thy officials, and thy people, and into thy ovens and kneading bowls.”

Go out

Jordan Peele’s superlative of 2017 peaked with the revelation that the film’s white villains had kidnapped black victims and used their bodies as vessels. This includes the sinister housekeeper Georgina (Betty Gabriel), who we later learn is owned by the Armitage family’s grandmother. Bradley Whitford’s Dean Armitage hints at this quite clearly early in the film when he says, “My mother loved her kitchen so we’re keeping a bit of her in here” just before the camera pans and Georgina stands there.

Betty Gabriel is wonderfully creepy in Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’

(© 2017 Universal City Studios Productions, LLLP. All rights reserved.)


It’s one of the most iconic twists in cinema. At the end of Se7enSerial killer John Doe (Kevin Spacey) fulfills his series of crimes inspired by the seven deadly sins and presents good cop David Mills (Brad Pitt) with his pregnant wife’s (Gwyneth Paltrow) decapitated head in a box. Well, you would have had a hard time guessing the ending beforehand, but like Doe, Fincher left a few clues. The most sophisticated of these is the way Paltrow is shot from the neck up – a symbolic beheading by the camera. One of these “floating head” cutaways is even inserted into the film when the subject of Doe’s final plan is discussed.

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