In recent months, at least three major movies have killed off a central character in the first hour. While it’s probably too early to reveal the titles of these movies—we wouldn’t want to spoil the fun of seeing a beloved actor die prematurely—it’s worth noting that two of these characters are played by the same actor. If you’re willing to expose yourself to half of this spoiler (and many others), scroll down for Next Movie’s “Early Exits” infographic. This chart looks at 13 examples of movies featuring an early death by a star. The last entry highlights one of two early exits by the actor referenced above. You’ll have to determine his other premature demise yourself.
For each entry, Next Movie has clocked how long the characters are alive in these movies (this is indicated in red) and how long the movies continue after they die (in black, appropriately). However, as any fan of The Sixth Sense will tell you, characters don’t necessarily leave a film after they die. In cases where the actors do check out early—Drew Barrymore in Scream, Liam Neeson in Gangs of New York, Jennifer Lopez in Jersey Girl—these appearances amount to little more than cameos. Some of these deaths happen so early that they are actually revealed in the films’ trailers.
The most shocking and memorable star deaths tend to occur around the halfway point, after a character has been clearly established as one of the film’s central figures. For some reason, these deaths tend to be unusually gruesome. Classic examples include the shower scene in Psycho and the less widely studied—but more outrageous—shark attack that concludes Samuel L. Jackson’s performance in Deep Blue Sea. For more spoiler-soaked examples, view the complete infographic below.