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 6 crime films in this list.

  • Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
  • Frenzy
  • Monsieur Verdoux
  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • Family Plot
  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead