Towards a Theory of the “Death Film”

A “death film” is distinguished by some or all of the following characteristics:
1) A plot concerning death or murder
2) An auteur* of advanced age or at a late career point
3) Exaggerated or eccentric style that often departs from the auteur’s previous work

*Extending "auteur" in this case to mean any key collaborator whose presence dominates the work, from lead actor to cinematographer

There are 5 films in this list released in the 1980s.

  • The Dead
  • Star 80
  • Eight Diagram Pole Fighter
  • Ran
  • Love Streams