10 Movies That Killed The Main Character Early

  
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To become a box office hit, a movie make sure has to advertise their big name actors and get fans introduced to the protagonists and antagonists. While this usually works to get audiences to flock to the movie, a few times, these viewers have been completely surprised when one of the main stars is killed off very early in the film. In these cases fans were very misled as to who the main star was in trailers and promotions, because in the end they didn’t make it through half of of the movie! Here are 10 movies that shocked fans by killing the main character early:

10. The Place Beyond The Pines

It didn’t take long for Ryan Gosling to become one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood and there was no denying he was the main draw to the 2012 film The Place Beyond The Pines. His prominence in trailers and posters made it even more surprising when his character, Luke, was killed only about one third of the way into the film!

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9. Scream

Back in 1996, the movie franchise phenomenon that was Scream began with its very first film. At this point, Drew Barrymore was a very well-known young actress and was billed as the star of the horror movie. Needless to say fans were definitely shocked when Barrymore’s character was killed off within the first 15 minutes of the movie. Leading up to the release of the movie, Barrymore was featured heavily in the trailers and positioned in the foreground of posters promoting the film, leading fans to believe she would have a much bigger and longer role in the film than the one she did.

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