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Genius Foreshadowing In Quentin Tarantino Movies Fans Somehow Noticed

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Since the early 1990s, Quentin Tarantino has made some of the most critically-acclaimed, stylized, and violent films of all time. A two-time Best Original Screenplay Academy Award winner for Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained, his talents as a storyteller are matched by few. One of his greatest skills is his use of foreshadowing, which plays a major role in nearly all of his films. Sometimes it's hidden and easy to miss, like in Pulp Fiction, where Jules can be heard laying the groundwork for his retirement in the background of the opening diner scene. Other times it's part of the set design. In Reservoir Dogs, a painting of "St. Sebastian of Vienna" represents the fate of Marvin the police officer. There are even moments when foreshadowing comes in the form of a sight gag, like when Django takes some target practice on a snowman's sensitive area in Django Unchained.

If you love his work and want to get clued into some of the little details that make it so great, check out this list of genius foreshadowing moments in Quentin Tarantino's films.

Photo: Kill Bill: Vol 2 / Miramax Films

  • 1
    66 VOTES

    Lance Puts Vincent's Heroin In A Baggy In 'Pulp Fiction'

    From Redditor /u/ShaneMP01:

    In Tarantino’s, Pulp Fiction (1994), Mia ODs on Vincent’s heroin stash after she mistakes it for cocaine because cocaine is given in a baggie and heroin is in a balloon. Lance warns Vincent of this earlier in the film “I’m outta balloons. Is a baggie alright?”

    66 votes
  • 2
    73 VOTES

    The Diner Scene In 'Reservoir Dogs' Sets Up All The Conflicts

    From Redditor /u/The8bitdin0:

    Throughout the scene, Mr Pink and Mr White are in an argument about why Mr Pink should tip the waitresses. This shows us how Mr White is compassionate, and has a heart for others, which gets him killed at the end, while Mr Pink only looks out for himself, which saves him later on. When Joe comes to collect the tips, he asks who didn’t tip, and Mr Orange tells Joe that Mr Pink didn’t tip. This represents how Mr Orange is the rat, who set them up. Also, Mr Blonde throughout the scene jokingly threatens to shoot someone, and this shows us that Mr Blonde just wants to kill people.

    73 votes
  • 3
    43 VOTES

    Jules Talk About Quitting "The Life" In The Opening Scene Of 'Pulp Fiction'

    From Redditor /u/jeje17j:

    In the opening sequence of Pulp Fiction (1994) with Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer) and Pumpkin (Tim Roth), Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) can be heard talking about quitting "the life," and Vincent (John Travolta) can be seen walking to the bathroom.

    43 votes
  • 4
    35 VOTES

    Daisy Sings About Poisoning John In 'The Hateful Eight'

    From Redditor /u/Ultimatro:

    In The Hateful Eight (2015), during Daisy's song, she sings the line "You'll be dead behind me, John" as John stands behind her drinking the poisoned coffee.

    35 votes
  • 5
    49 VOTES

    Hans Landa Does A Subtle Pulse Check In 'Inglourious Basterds'

    From Redditor /u/MisterT12:

    In Inglourious Basterds (2009), Hans Landa subtly checks the pulse of the girl he is interrogating.

    49 votes
  • 6
    61 VOTES

    Pai Mei Gets His Revenge Through The Bride's Arm In 'Kill Bill Vol. 2'

    From Redditor /u/BrianWinterheart:

    In Kill Bill Vol.2 (2004), Pai Mei indirectly fulfills his own revenge against Elle after she kills him, since he claims the Bride's right arm as his own after their first fight. The Bride uses the same arm to pluck out Elle's eye later in the film.

    61 votes