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Supersleuth (1984)

| Mystery | TV Movie 1984
Novelty movie which seems like just another people-gathered-in-a-country-house-murder-mystery but then lets the viewers choose the ending.

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Carmen Duncan
Patrick Ward ...
Oswald McKinnon
James Condon
Elaine Lee
Megan Williams
Susan Stenmark
Allan Penney
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Novelty movie which seems like just another people-gathered-in-a-country-house-murder-mystery but then lets the viewers choose the ending.

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Ten Little Australians
10 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

The first thing you'll notice about "Super Sleuth" is how cheap it looks. Obviously shot with a dime-store video camera, it has the production values of a home movie. But as a loyal fan of whodunits, I decided to stick with it. A group of people are invited to a countryside manor for a photographic exhibition, but nearly as soon as they arrive, they start dropping dead. The first death is initially thought to be the result of exposure to a virus, but after the second victim it becomes clear that there is a murderer (or more) inside the group. With the phone lines cut and the bus that brought them there deliberately messed up with by the killer, the remaining cast have no choice but to start trying to find the guilty party (or parties). Unlike what IMDb says, the film doesn't "let the viewers choose the ending", but it does have its innovative touches: there are short post-mortem voice-over speeches by each of the victims, and just before everything is revealed, it cuts to the actors themselves (most of whom you've probably never seen before, unless you're Australian) sharing with the audience their own theories about who-done-it. Unfortunately, nearly all of those theories are more interesting and complicated than what turns out to be the truth. "A" for effort, "C" for result, and *1/2 out of 4.


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