Knives Out Horror Movie

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Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is a wildly successful mystery writer and he’s dead. His housekeeper Fran (Edi Patterson) finds him with a slit throat and the knife still in his hand. It looks like suicide, but there are some questions. After all, who really slits their own throat? A couple of cops (the wonderful pair of LaKeith Stanfield and Noah Segan) come to the Thrombey estate do a small investigation, just to make sure they’re not missing anything, and the film opens with their conversations with each of the Thrombey family members. Daughter Linda (Jamie Lee Curtis) is a successful businesswoman with a shit husband named Richard (Don Johnson) and an awful son named Ransom (Chris Evans). Son Walt (Michael Shannon) runs the publishing side, but he’s been fighting a lot with dear old dad. Daughter-in-law Joni (Toni Collette) is deep into self-help but has been helping herself by ripping off the old man. Finally, there’s Marta Cabrera (Ana de Armas), the real heroine of “Knives Out” and Harlan’s most trusted confidante. Can she help solve the case?

The case may have just been closed if not for the arrival of the famous detective Benoit Blanc, played by Daniel Craig, who spins a southern drawl and oversized ego into something instantly memorable. Blanc was delivered a news story about the suicide and envelope of money. So someone thinks this is fishy. Why? And who? The question of who brought in Blanc drives the narrative as much as who killed Harlan. Johnson is constantly presenting viewers with the familiar, especially fans of the mystery movie—the single palatial setting, the family of monsters, the exaggerated detective—but then he subverts them every so slightly, and it feels fresh. So while Blanc feels like a Poirot riff, Johnson and Craig avoid turning it into a caricature of something we’ve seen before.

Craig is delightful—I love the excitement in his voice when he figures things out late in the film—but some of the cast gets lost. It’s inevitable with one this big, but if you’re going to “Knives Out” for a specific actor or actress, be aware that it’s a large ensemble piece and your fave may get short shrift. Libreelec plex. Unless your favorite is Ana de Armas, who is really the heart of the movie, allowing Johnson to imbue “Knives Out” with some wonderful political commentary. The Thrombeys claim to love Marta, even if they can’t remember which South American country she comes from, and Don Johnson gets a few razor sharp scenes as the kind of guy who rants about immigration before quoting “Hamilton.” It’s not embedded in the entire piece as much as “Get Out,” but this “Out” is similar in the way it uses genre structure to say something about wealth and social inequality. And in terms of performance, the often-promising de Armas has never been handed a role this big, and she totally delivers.

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Directed by Rian Johnson. With Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis. A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.

  • Knives Out is just a really well told movie. For 2 hr., 10 min., this is finely paced and edited. Johnson really knows how to steer the story, especially the beginning and introduction to the facts of the case. Besides being a mystery, this movie is also a critique of privilege, which I felt Johnson managed to not beat the audience over the.
  • Apr 02, 2021 Part of the joy of watching Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, a very popular movie, was in its nostalgia, a throwback to the star-studded puzzles of yore, and, yes, in its certain end. Its completeness.
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Fans of Rian Johnson's murder mystery Knives Out eagerly awaiting the sequel, you still have to wait for a while. However, Netflix's new Dangerous Lies trailer gives off major Knives Out vibes, and it could be just the thing to satisfy your Knives Out craving — just without all the New England knitwear. On Monday, Netflix dropped the trailer for Dangerous Lies, which stars Camila Mendes as Katie Franklin, a caregiver for a wealthy and elderly man named Leonard, who passes away after just four months under her care. Sound familiar?

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Unexpectedly, Leonard names Katie the sole inheritor of his massive estate. But the fortune comes with strings attached, especially when a mysterious man shows up on the doorstep of Katie's new home posing as a real estate agent, drawing her into a dangerous trap of lies and murder. But, before you think that you already know how this movie will end, think again. Based on the trailer, Dangerous Lieswill definitely be full of its own unique twists and turns.

The Netflix film has more of a horror bent, with the new residents of the home being pursued by a mysterious man and finding a suspicious chest of cash hidden in the home. At the end of the trailer, an unidentified hand inches toward Katie, suggesting that the former-caregiver's inheritance might have dangerous repercussions for all involved.

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The cast of Dangerous Lies will look familiar to CW fans, Mendes, best known for her role as Veronica Lodge on Riverdale, is well-acquainted with roles involving mysteries or deception. Katie's husband, played by Jessie Usher, might look less familiar, though the actor has appeared in Starz's Survivor's Remorse and Independence Day: Resurgence. And then there's the potential villain Mickey will be portrayed by Cam Gigandet, another television veteran best known for playing Kevin Volchok the The O.C. Fans might also recognize him as another notable movie antagonist — Gigandet also played the evil vampire James in Twilight. Elliot Gould, who stars as Leonard, andJamie Chung, who plays Leonard's attorney, round out the all star cast.

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Dangerous Lies premieres on Netflix on April 30, and will likely be a welcome distraction amid the ongoing social distancing measures in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Knives are out, the sweaters are on, and the Netflix is all queued up.