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First horror film to start with the death of character that is never mentioned again?

Old 05-19-18, 02:10 PM
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First horror film to start with the death of character that is never mentioned again?

Question is pretty simple...
Lots of horror movies have a cold opening where a minor character is killed. Scream is a prime example... But as I recall, they talk about that character's death later. I'm trying to think of examples where the character is never mentioned or seen (dead) again... But specifically... What was the FIRST horror flick to utilize this type of thing?
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Re: First horror film to start with the death of character that is never mentioned ag

Can you give one example of this happening?

James Bond movies have a lot of cold opens where he kills someone who is never mentioned again (Goldfinger, For Your Eyes Only).
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Re: First horror film to start with the death of character that is never mentioned ag

Okay, I've got one! Creature From the Black Lagoon.
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Re: First horror film to start with the death of character that is never mentioned ag

Prophecy(1979) starts out with some hikers or climbers killed by unseen monster. Nobody even knows it happened.
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Re: First horror film to start with the death of character that is never mentioned ag

Probably this one:


Or this one, which is even earlier:
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Re: First horror film to start with the death of character that is never mentioned ag

I thought of Renfield in any number of Dracula films. He is murdered early on, but typically mentioned later. So I don’t think it qualifies.
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Re: First horror film to start with the death of character that is never mentioned ag

Originally Posted by Mabuse View Post
Can you give one example of this happening?
Cube. This is what made me think of it.
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Re: First horror film to start with the death of character that is never mentioned ag

Yeah, that’s a good one. It seems like a trope and I feel like I should have a lot of answers, but I’m still thinking.

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