to supply hints (in the form of symbols, images, motifs, repetition, dialogue or mood) within a film about the outcome of the plot, or about an upcoming action that will take place, in order to prepare the viewer for later events, revelations, or plot developments; also, ominous music often foreshadows danger or builds suspense
  Example: the possibility of danger/murder, signaled and foreshadowed by the playing of ominous music, in Halloween (1978); or the death of Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) was foreshadowed in his opening voice-over monologue in American Beauty (1999)

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