Monday Night Movies (aka-Murder by Death)

And here again we have the Monday night movie review. While the Skiffy movie selection usually leaves something to be desired, I won’t complain about this one. This week we have Murder by Death, a satire on every single murder mystery movie ever. I love it to death because it ends with..well I’ll tell you later. The movie opens with a mysterious box being opened by a gloved pair of hands to reveal a cheesy popup intro. It goes right into the “It was a dark and stormy night intro. We get to see a lot of unnecessary and frankly rather weird preparations, that are kind of like the different clues one might find in an older mystery novel, you see the characters arriving. They are greeted with a death trap (naturally).

After a series of maddeningly random events, that really and truly make no sense what so ever when they are happening on screen (or even during the ‘big reveal’ at the end) we have a series of ‘murders’ in which no one dies at all, followed by attempts on all of the main characters lives (by the way, the five ‘greatest detectives in the world’ were assembled to try to solve a crime that had yet to happen). This ends in all of the characters coming in and making random accusations that had little to no plot relevancy (all five detectives had some sort of weird and highly random connection to the ‘victim’ in the first place). The ‘host’ himself then reveals that he hadn’t been murdered, and that the whole thing was a set up to reveal all the annoying crutches that the different authors use to make sure their readers are always surprised by the ending of their murder mystery. Except then, just as the movie closes, we see the ‘host’ take off yet another mask (geeze this is getting to be like Scooby Doo) to reveal that it was actually the maid the entire time. And no, it makes no sense at all, and that’s the beauty of it.

There are some awesome lines in this movie that make it entirely worth watching. For one thing, there are some terribly racist and sexist moments(in a sort of funny way that let the watcher know it’s making fun of racism and sexism in the stereotypical detective novel and/or film). I’d actually recommend watching this one just for a good laugh. If you want to watch it with a bunch of mystery buffs and drink a shot to every reference..then I’d definitely suggest that you go with soda, not liquor, and that you have a padded room to bounce off the walls in.

On the College front-I took an exam today. Lovely, just two more papers to do. Oh, and I registered for the GRE’s today. I take them November 14. Joy.

Remember, assuming the butler did it is great, so long as the butler isn’t actually the maid wearing a mask.

Comments are appreciated. They make me feel loved

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One comment

  1. That sounds like an interesting one. I’m gonna have to see if I can find a copy to rent. The title seems a little funny though. Murder by Death? For some reason, I think of the grim reaper being the prime suspect in a homicide with Colombo…

    Anywho, good luck on the GREs! I’m behind you all the way for support! 😀

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