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A premonition is a type of prophecy the protagonists of the Final Destination franchise experience, consisting of an impressionable warning of a future event. This phenomenon is characterized by such sensations as anxiety, uneasiness, a vague feeling of disquiet suggesting impending disaster to actual visual or auditory hallucinations. Premonition is sometimes referred to as a "gut-level" feeling. The sensation tends to occur prior to disasters, accidents, deaths and other traumatic and emotionally charged events.
The sensation of premonition may be considered precognition at times because there is no clear-cut line between them. However, generally premonitions are sense-oriented, dominated by a syndrome of physical uneasiness, depression, or distress that is without discernible source or reason. It is an unexplainable feeling that "something is going to happen." Precognition, on the other hand, is more precise, involving visions or dream of the event that is to occur in the future. Throughout the series, these instances of precognition are often reffered to as a "vision".
A premonition is a noun for: a feeling of anticipation of or anxiety over a future event; presentiment. It can also be described as a forewarning.
Final Destination films
Some have noted on the significance of premontions throughout the series. Up to this point, it has never been fully explained how the main visionaries suddenly got these premonitions. Although, The Final Destination has suggested Death would give them ultimately as part of a ruse to set them for what was really the plan all along.
Alex Browning had a premonition about the Flight 180 explosion. When he was in Carter's car with the other survivors after Ms. Lewton died, he hallucinated a translucent image of a train coming toward the car. In Paris at the end of the film, Clear Rivers hallucinated a translucent bus and realized that a bus would hit Alex.
Nick O'Bannon had a premonition about the McKinley Speedway crash. He also had a premonition about the explosion of Tagert Theatres and Springfield Centre Mall. As well as several premonitions as to how the survivors were going to die.
Sam Lawton had a premonition about the North Bay Bridge collapsing. He and Molly Harper later witnessed Alex Browning panicking on Flight 180 due to his own vision of the plane explosion, but Sam didn't know that he had a vision.