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The early demise of a lead character in a movie is a pretty rare phenomenon for a lot of reasons. One, a movie star has been paid a lot of money to appear in the film and it’s been sold on their name, so an audience is likely to get pretty p*ssed if he or she dies in the first act. Two, in any story you want an audience to go on an emotional journey with a character, which again is something that’s hard to do if they get killed off halfway through. But it’s a technique that when it’s done right – and not just for cheap shock value – it can really unnerve the audience and make them question where the film is headed.

So here are 8 films that broke the rules, that dared to toy with your expectations and let you know »

- Padraig Cotter

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