8 warm-weather murder mysteries to watch out for after the onion glass

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Murder mysteries aren’t all about foggy nights and mysterious hearts. In fact, there is often something more sinister about witnessing a mysterious mystery in a sunny destination area. When the setting is a foil to the murderous acts that take place, the viewer is forced to wonder how something so sinister and violent could happen in such a delightful place — and face the fact that if it happened there, it could happen anywhere.

This sunny subgenre of murder mysteries—think warm weather, beautiful blue skies, sandy beaches, and vacation destinations—is represented in Rian Johnson’s Take out the knives sequel glass onion, on Netflix December 23. In Johnson’s new murder case, Detective Daniel Craig Benoit Blanc receives a summons to a private island owned by Miles Bronn (Edward Norton), a billionaire who has also invited a large group of his friends to play a murder mystery game. “I wrote this in 2020 when we were all on lockdown,” writer and director Rian Johnson explained in a recent interview with Vulture. There was a lot going on in the casting of the setting, but a big part of it was wanting, at that moment, to be on a beach somewhere on a Greek island. The first film was also in the tradition of a cozy home-killer set in the English countryside but set in New York City. England.So I wanted to plant a really strong flag in the beginning that this was going to be something very different from the first one.”

In the same interview, Johnson also cited two other warm weather factors as inspirations for the film: post sheila And the evil under the sun. in honor of glass onionDebuting on Netflix — and as a way to escape any winter weather you might encounter — here are eight murder mystery films, including the aforementioned Johnson influences, set in warm, sunny destinations for watch-after-see. Take out the knives sequel.

during filming glass onion On site In 2021, Johnson chirp That 1973 movie post sheila It was “the reason for my being in Greece now very much.” Similarities abound between the two films: Both are about a eccentric rich man who invites a group of friends to the Mediterranean for a week of fun and games that all have a slightly sinister edge. in a SheilaA wealthy film producer gathers his friends on a yacht cruise in an attempt to find out who is responsible for the hit-and-run accident that took the life of his wife (Sheila Emeritus). Mediterranean port cities, a cast of rich and famous characters, clever wordplay, and plenty of plot twists throughout. Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins co-wrote the film, inspired by the scavenger hunts that Sondheim and Perkins used to host for their group of friends in New York City.

evil under the sun Poirot is brought by Belgian detective Hercule (who is spiritually succeeded by Benoit Blanc) to an exclusive resort on an island in the Adriatic Sea. Poirot, here played by Peter Ustinov, is invited to the resort to help find a missing diamond, but it isn’t long before a murder is committed right under his nose. Ustinov’s portrayal of Poirot is often cited across many of Christie’s films as the best version of the iconic detective, including Johnson, who told Vulture that Ustinov was his favorite Poirot and that he “grew up watching [Evil Under the Sun] Four times a day on HBO when I was a kid.” Maggie Smith stars as the resort owner, but Diana Rigg steals the show as Arlena, the famous actress. Arlena’s swimwear fashions alone are worth a look, but the parasols, summer suits, blue skies, and tropical Mediterranean vibes abound throughout. around.

Long before “Enough Champagne to Fill the Nile!” It was something we could all read, a 2004 adaptation of Christie’s classic novel, an extended episode of the TV series Poirot, starred David Suchet as the famous detective, as well as young Emily Blunt. One of Christie’s most famous shows, Death on the Nile He follows Poirot on a luxury cruise down the Nile, where he is drawn into a mystery after a rich heiress on the boat is murdered by someone. The landscapes – think Egyptian pyramids and shimmering blue waters – will make you dream of warmer days, and the fashions will make you want to pull out your best straw sun hat. (And if you want to see other scenes from the novel, Ustinov stars in the 1978 version and of course Kenneth Branagh is Poirot in the damned 2022 remake.)

date with death It features Ustinov’s final performance as Poirot. In this adventure, also based on Christie’s novel, Poirot takes a luxurious trip through Europe and the Middle East with – you guessed it – another group of wealthy travelers that ends up getting murdered, this time at an archaeological dig near the Dead Sea. The film has a slew of murder mystery hallmarks, including a secret second will, a lethal dose of the missing drug, and a cast of colorful characters, including two played by Lauren Bacall and Carrie Fisher. The scenic shooting locations make him an instant addition to the “Poirot on Vacation” films, while Ustinov as Poirot wears a selection of fabulous warm-weather holiday clothes, including linen suits, bow ties, and sun hats.

The Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston vehicle is both a silly argument on the mystery genre and also a modern update on it. Nick, an NYPD cop, and Audrey, a fan of murder-mystery novels, have been married for years, but feel stuck in their lives and their relationship. When Sandler’s character takes them on a surprise vacation to Europe, their trip quickly takes an unexpected direction when billionaire Charles Cavendish (Luke Evans) invites them to stay on his family’s yacht. During the first night on the boat, the head of the family was killed before amendments could be made to his will. murder mystery It has a delightful set of suspects and a plot that takes Aniston and Sandler all over sunny southern Europe, from Lake Como to Monte Carlo. (A sequel to a film wrapped earlier this year.)

Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star in this Alfred Hitchcock film, which is set in the beautiful French Riviera. Grant plays a talented ex-thief (John Robbie, better known as “The Cat”) who became famous for a series of jewel thefts years earlier. He’s been enjoying a life of quiet retirement, but when a new jewel thief starts wreaking havoc among the wealthy vacationing in the south of France and copying all of Robbie’s signature moves, Robbie sets out to clear his name. As he tries to catch the new thief, he befriends a wealthy American widow and her daughter, Frances, played by Kelly. Watching Grant and Kelly stroll around the villas and gorgeous beaches of the Riviera in a variety of summery outfits – including a specific red polka dot tie – already makes for a great watch, but the mystical twists and turns (including one dead body) make it one of Hitchcock’s best. .

Based on the novel by Raymond Chandler and directed by Robert Altman, The long farewell It is a satire of film noir and classic crime stories. It stars Elliott Gould as private detective Philip Marlowe, who is pulled into a mystery after his friend Terry commits suicide just days after he is accused of killing his wife. Marlowe doesn’t trust the police’s version of the story, so he sets out to find the real culprit behind the murder of Terry’s wife. Gould’s portrayal of Marlowe makes him one of cinema’s preeminent detectives, from the film’s first ten-minute sequence introducing us to Marlowe at 3 a.m. feeding his cat, all while muttering through a rambling inner monologue. Set in 1970s Hollywood (with brief diversions to Mexico), palm trees and warm air are omnipresent throughout the film, providing a bright foil to Marlowe’s callous behaviour.

Although not quite a mystery, there is no such example of the contrast between beautiful southern European weather and horrific murder as The talented Mr. Ripley. Based on the classic Patricia Highsmith novel, Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) is sent to the fictional seaside town of Mongibello, Italy by Dickie’s parents Greenleaf (Jude Law) in an attempt to convince Dickie to return to America. Tom has no intention of keeping his promise to Mr. Greenleaf, and his obsession with Dickie quickly turns death. The entire film is speckled with Italian sunshine, with plenty of brightly colored bathing suits, blue waters, and coastal locations—the stylish sunglasses alone could warrant their own article. The film’s four main actors – Law, Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Philip Seymour Hoffman – are arguably at the peak of their powers here, and that doesn’t even include Cate Blanchett’s smaller role in the film.


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