Whodunit Horror Contest

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  1. rhett

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    Hardcore horror and network television usually don't mix, but this spring CBS delivered HARPER'S ISLAND - a 13-episode, 9-hour slasher where there's at least a death an episode, with most of them shown in gory detail. Here's your chance to win one of three copies of the whole bloody affair...
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    Hardcore horror and network television usually don't mix, but this spring CBS delivered HARPER'S ISLAND - a 13-episode, 9-hour slasher where there's at least a death an episode, with most of them shown in gory detail. Here's your chance to win one of three copies of the whole bloody affair...Of course, as important as the spattered crimson is, it's ultimately about the mystery. There are 25 of them...whodunit?

    The whodunit has been a central device in narrative storytelling since the days of TEN LITTLE INDIANS. Hitchcock used it well, Argento brought it overseas, the giallo made it par for the horror course, and then the Americans took it back to take it in any direction possible with the slasher. Wherever or whenever the use, the whodunit is one of the central devices of modern horror.

    We've got three copies of the HARPER'S ISLAND DVD set to give away and all you've got to do is tell us: What's your favorite whodunit? Let us know what mystery you've always liked the most, whether it was in the setup or in the audacity of the final reveal. What's the one that's stuck with you the most? Who killed Larua Palmer? Just what the hell does a bird's plumage have to do with the plot? Is April Fool's Day really just fun and games?

    Tell us your favorite whodunit horror mystery in a single post in this thread and you'll be entered into a random selection September 7th, 2009 just in time to get HARPER'S ISLAND on street day on the 8th.

    Best of luck...I look forward to deciphering the mystery of who these extra copies go to!
     

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    Cool - a contest!

    Murder by Death is my all time favorite - for the comedy and the deconstruction of the genre. Plus it's fairly spooky at times.

    Dressed to Kill is my second favorite - for scaring the shit out of me when I was too young to watch it!
     
  3. vampyr789

    vampyr789 9, 10. Never Sleep Again.

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    And Then There Were None (the 1945 version) i love that movie so much. its a mystery classic. and i really do love the book too.

    April Fool's Day is a great fun little flick with one hell of a twist ending
     
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    I guess for me it would have to be ten little indians. I still reference it
     
  5. CrazyFatEthel

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    Uhhh, for a whodunnit? I gotta go with Prom Night!!!:D
     
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    Gotta go with the original My Bloody Valentine. Maybe I'm a little slow, but I really thought it was the other dude all the way through the movie....
     
  7. old-boo-radley

    old-boo-radley They stay the same age...

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    Hmmmm, let's say The Third Man.
     
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    gotta say deep red
     
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    I'll go with Argento's DEEP RED,the film that shows him transitioning from the classic style giallo to a more colorful,paranormal type of tale.It's the bridge film that leads to his wilder works like SUSPIRIA.
    As with most of Argento's work the protagonist is not a detective nor policeman but an artist,namely a composer.Argento loves to put artistic types through the ringer,finding it more interesting to see someone who is not hardboiled sweating through a deadly mystery.As with THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMMAGE it's not a case of the hero not seeing what he needs to solve the mystery, it is his inabilty to comprehend WHAT he has seen.The answer is there,can he realize it before it's too late ? Wonderfully well shot ,it also boasts Argento's first collaboration with Goblin.Look out for some great murders and offbeat humor to go along with the striking colors and sinister score.The late David Hemmings is one of Argento's most likeable heroes and this film marked the beginning of Dario's relationship with Daria Nicolodi.The mystery plays fair,Argento shows you all you need to figure it out,though most don't.
     
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    Hmmm, I'm going to say Girls Nite Out. The film itself is okay, but the mystery was like "how did I NOT see that? that's so weird that I didn't notice that." :)
     
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    April Fools Day! I've loved it since I first saw it in the theater on its original release.
     
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    As much as I love Dressed to Kill and Body Double (Body Double being in my top 20, maybe even top 10), De Palma's love of Hitchcock made figuring out their twists a fairly easy task. Opera, another huge favorite of mine, was also pretty easy to figure out after awhile.

    So I'm going to say Scream. That film actually had me guessing and going back and forth so much on who the killer might be, and when I thought I had it figured out, it throws two killers at me. Might not be in my Top 20 or maybe even in my Top 40, but as a whodunit, I can't think of a film that's done it better.
     
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    Probably My Bloody Valentine, followed close by April Fools.
     
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    Hmmm tough one. I have a few, but I gotta say, Twitch of the Death Nerve, Aka. Bay of Blood...

    That's a fun one because it's sort of a multiple "who dunnit" (If you've seen it, you know what I mean) and it is the precursor to "Friday the 13th."

    Dressed to Kill
    Body Double
    Tenebre
    My Bloody Valentine
    Scream
    Happy Birthday to Me
    Friday the 13th
    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

    are all good...

    ... Sleepaway Camp was also excellent and was almost my pick.

    There are a great many classics in the genre (someone mentioned "Third Man")...
    Anything with Bogart is usually good too (more noir mystery, but it still qualifies).


    ...there are too many great ones to truly choose from though (If we include noir, slasher, giallo, and simple mystery under the "Who dunnit category").

    I'm sticking with TOTDN


    "Who Shot Mr. Burns" was also awesome :p
     
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    I would go with Tom Savage's novel VALENTINE. Absolutely blew me away. And then Hollywood came along and massacred it.

    Please don't enter me in the drawing. I thought it had some good kills, but overall I really hated HARPER'S ISLAND.
     
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    _pi_ Peace, bitch

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    I could have sworn I posted here a few hours ago ... anyway, the first film that came to my mind was Basic Instinct. I've always been a big fan of that movie and I really love all the twists and turns, not least because Verhoeven is so sensationalistic in his approach to everything. The last notes of Jerry Goldsmith's score during the twist give me goosebumps every time.
     
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    Sleepaway Camp! A whata nice twist in the end :)
     
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    There are so Many Favorites!! Right now, I would have to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!! I LOVE this 80'S Slasher and I was blown away at the time when they revealed who the Film's Killer was!! I didn't see that one coming at all!! It's an Excellent Horror Slasher Movie with some Great Deaths and a Surprise Killer that Wowed me!!
     

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