Scandinavian authors became famous near the end of 20th century for creating series of crime dramas and detective stories that shoved something new and unique in those themes - atmosphere that was not present in productions from any other parts of the world.
Not often in history of television there are great and original ideas for shows, especially when it comes to crime series or mystery series. There are classics like Columbo, Twin Peaks or CSI, but apart from that rest of the shows are very, very predictible. And I don’t mean the details.
Spain is another country that can hardly be called a key cinematography for the world culture. Of course they have Pedro Almodóvar, but apart from him Spanish movies very rarely are praised abroad. But just like in case of Sweden, Japan or South Korea the Spanish filmmakers found their niche - the mystery movies.
American cinema has long history of horror-like mystery stories that went absolutely wrong even though the plot was right, the directing was good and the cast did their best. What makes them fail almost every time? In a way they just try too hard and in result simply fail to deliver the build-up they have prepared. Unfortunately Whispers is one of those failures.
In 1963 13-year-old girl Alison Carter left her house to walk her dog in the rural village of Scardale. Few hours later her mother called the local police asking for help since her Alison still did not returned. Young Detective Inspector George Bennett takes the case and rushed to Scardale knowing that teenager won’t last long in the area surrounded by marshes.
Night long-distance trains have unique atmosphere - the dark world passes by behind the windows, people from different ways of life share a night in confined compartments thinking about what will another day bring. But this particular night train is different - the passengers do not think about the future, they try to run away from their past.
British famed horror writer Clive Barker, experienced Japanese horror director Ryuhei Kitamura and Vinny Jones as sinister man travelling in New York City subway system - seems like a perfect setting for a perfect horror, right? Unfortunately the production was actually American and the whole project went down the drain due to bizarre production choices.
The Fall, despite being yet another British crime mini-series, has few elements that make it quite unique production. First of all the star is American actress Gillian Anderson (who spent some of her childhood in UK), another thing is that 2 minutes into first episode we see who the killer is, not to mention that the whole investigation takes places not in London, Manchester or Cambridge - the events take place in Belfast. Another interesting bit is format - instead of 2 or 4 episodes the plot is stretched to 12 episodes.
Black Death wiped out about half of population in medieval Europe and at the same time make the survivors immune to the look of dead bodies laying around the streets. One of such bodies, a young boy found in the woods, caused a lot of tension in small town somewhere in England, but to reveal the story it took a troupe of actors that accidentally arrived to the town.
A lot of people say that Quentin Tarantino is a genius, who creates masterpieces, each and every of his productions are pieces of art, but to be honest I always had problem with his movies... Yes, the senseless violence that he so much admires. I don’t know, perhaps for him it is the most important part of life, but after watching his productions I’m always disappointed with how one-dimensional his movies are.
Mystery Blog - what can be better than a great mystery? The great mysteries that can't be solved are keeping alive in the minds of people - Jack the Ripper, Black Dahlia, Rosewell incident - who hasn't heard of them or even took time to find the missing pieces? Often it's not important to find the solution to mystery, it's the mystery itself is important, because it leaves all the options possible.