Everyone gathers at the country house of the mysterious Lionel Twain (played by legendary author Truman Capote), who declares himself the world’s greatest detective and challenges others to solve a murder that will take place in a locked puzzle box full of traps. castle. Of course, it’s Twain himself who died, but that’s only the beginning of the fun in acclaimed playwright Neil Simon’s take on the classic murder mystery. Sellers’ awkward Wang aside, the rest of the cast is delightful, and the setting itself echoes, thankfully, in more modern terms, in Take out the knives And the glass onion. (DK)
At the forefront of a long wave of full-fledged blockbuster and game franchises, and long before choose-your-own-adventure content became popular, there were idea. Based on the popular board game (developed in England in the 1940s and distributed in the US by Parker Brothers), idea It repeats the classic murder mystery formula around which the game itself is structured: Six strangers are invited to a remote mansion by a man who claims to be blackmailing them all – a man who ends up dead shortly after his visitors/victims arrive.
idea Not only was it funny and entertaining, cleverly using all the characters, weapons, and settings from the game, but since the game can always end differently, so did the movie. With three endings filmed and randomly sent to theaters as part of the release (you eventually get to watch all three on home video), it was a gimmick for sure, but also a nice way to gimmick the whole junkie kind of thing in the deal. There is a great deal of idea in the DNA of Take out the knives And the glass onionright down to the star-studded cast, which in this case included Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan, Michael McKean, Christopher Lloyd, and Madeline Khan. (DK)
Underneath all of the horror meta trappings and postmodern genre commentary, it’s easy to forget Scream, the original, is a pretty neat little murder mystery (a hoax then all the sequels have tried). It follows a classic gangster structure: a masked killer knocks out a group of teens and adults in the town of Woodsboro, and the only clue is that the killer follows horror movie rules. Although there is no detective to solve the case, the killer’s main target, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), takes on the role with the help of reporter Gail Withers (Courteney Cox) and deputy Dewey Riley (David Arquette).
The eventual revelation of the identity of the killer(s), along with the standard exposé explaining how it all happened, is also classic homicide unit stuff, kind of made Scream Commenting on this type as well. But unraveling the mystery provides a real surprise or two and a satisfying payoff, setting the benchmark for the modern franchise that followed. (DK)
Murder on the Orient Express (1974/2017)
We’ll call it a tie here, because both big-screen versions of Agatha Christie’s classic novel – the former directed by the great Sidney Lumet, the latter by the great Kenneth Branagh – have plenty of riches to offer. Let’s start with the brilliant all-star cast: the first features Albert Finney as lead detective Hercule Poirot aboard the Orient Express. He travels alongside Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael York, Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Perkins, and more. Meanwhile, the latter finds Branagh taking on the role of Poirot himself, with exceptional support from Judi Dench, Daisy Ridley, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Leslie Odom, Jr. and others.
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