From cult classics like Gremlins and Beetlejuice to the launches of mega franchises like The Terminator and Ghostbusters, the 1980s had no shortage of amazing movies. In the decades since their releases, fans old and new have dissected and discussed everything that makes these films great, including an element that doesn't get looked at too often: foreshadowing. Some of these predictive details are subtle, like the fact that the T-800 crushes a toy semi-truck in The Terminator, then later drives the same make and model truck to chase down Sarah Conner. Other times the foreshadowing comes in dialogue. In Scarface, Tony Montana is told early on that the biggest problem he'll face is figuring out what to do with all his money, which ends up being his downfall. Fans have even picked up on foreshadowing in the set design, noting that Sarah's bedroom in Labyrinth features a poster that mirrors the very labyrinth she'll enter.
These are the best moments of foreshadowing from movies of the 1980s.
Dana Has Stay Puft Marshmallows In 'Ghostbusters'Photo: Columbia Pictures
From Redditor /u/mitchell7:
Ghostbusters (1984), nice foreshadowing of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man with some product placement next to the eggs when Dana has her first encounter.Brilliant foreshadowing?
The Endless Stairs Are Seen In Sarah's Bedroom In 'Labyrinth'Photo: Tri-Star Pictures
In Jim Henson’s Labyrinth (1986), the final “endless stairs” scene is based on M.C Escher’s ‘Relativity,’ which is displayed on Sarah’s bedroom wall throughout the movie.Brilliant foreshadowing?
The T-800 Smashes A Truck He'll Later Drive In 'The Terminator'Photo: Orion Pictures
In The Terminator (1984), the T-800 runs over a toy car during his first Sarah Connor assassination, the same make and model as the truck he hijacks towards the film's conclusion to chase down Sarah and Kyle.Brilliant foreshadowing?
'Invasion Of The Body Snatchers' Warns Billy In 'Gremlins'Photo: Warner Bros.
From Redditor /u/liamjaco1988:
In Gremlins (1984), a scene shown on the TV is Invasion of the Body Snatchers. A scene from the film shows pods bursting open and a character shouting “You’re next” as the film itself fades to a slow and chilling black screen. it plays out in the moments before the Cocoons are shown.Brilliant foreshadowing?