In the trend of recent movies like Knives Out or Ready or Not, give me a book that encapsulates "Eat the rich".

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Basically the title. Any books where the basic premise is eat the rich. You see a bunch of wealthy shitty people and a every day person struggles and ends up basically destroying the rich or winning out in the long run.

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It’s kind of a kids book, but “The Westing Game” is a fun whodunnit murder mystery where everyone in the game stands to inherit the entire Westing fortune if they can figure out the will first. Knives Out had a very similar setting and it actually gives you all the clues so you could possibly figure out the end before the winner does.

When i first saw the Knives Out trailer I thought it might be for some sort of Westing Game remake

The Westing Game is phenomenal, but I don’t really think it falls under “eat the rich.”

Isn’t this a YA book

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Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, mostly Engels. It is way too short and to the point for Marx to have spent very much time with it.

Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century is probably more useful these days.

Yup. I Was gonna type this but saw someone else did already.

You beat me to it!

He was asking for it 😏

Red Rising by Pierce Brown is a fun book series about the downtrodden rising up.

Absolutely loved that series. Very fun read.

Yes!! I love the political intrigue in his books especially in Dark Age

I’m not a sci-fi fan by any means but this is one of my all time favorite series that I can read over and over. Highly recommend to anyone.

Amazing series, definitely pick this up if you have not done so OP.

The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin is about a anarchist colony on the moon and capitalism society on earth. I won’t give away too much more but it’s really good!

I finished The Left Hand of Darkness not too long ago and had no idea there were more books in that story "universe" until just a few days ago. Le Guin is such a fantastic writer. I'm also on book 4 of the Earthsea series. I stopped there partway through to read TLHoD and keep forgetting to go back.

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A review of the recent movie “Knives Out”

When “Knives Out’ was released at the cinema, it was both a commercial and a critical success, but I was not sure that it was the film for me. However, when I was subject to lockdown in the coronavirus crisis, I wanted something light and entertaining and decided to have a stab at this old-fashioned ‘who done it?’ murder mystery both written and directed with verve by Rian Johnsone.

I found it fun but (perhaps inevitably) very contrived. The original set-up is simple enough: successful and rich 85 year old American author Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead, supposedly by suicide, but information from a succession of family gatherings at his grand home increasingly confuse the picture. 

A particular delight of the movie is to see Daniel Craig, whom we so associate with the role of James Bond, playing southern sleuth Benoit Blanc and Chris Evans, so often the clean-cut superhero Captain America, as the family’s ‘black sheep’. Other familiar actors include Don Johnson, Toni Colette and Jamie Lee Curtis.

So it is very watchable although hardly special. Nevertheless, it seems that is not the point and that “Knives Out 2” is being unsheathed and Blanc is back.

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7 Movies Like Knives Out If You’re Looking for Something Similar

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Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

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There is no doubt that Knives Out director Rian Johnson is an avid Agatha Christie fan, as he has even stated that the film is inspired by her classic murder mystery stories.

Of all of her stories, Murder on the Orient Express is arguably the most similar to Johnson’s film, telling the story of a murder that takes place aboard a train stopped by heavy snow.

What follows is a tapestry of twists, turns, and thrilling investigation by renowned detective Hercule Poirot, as he tries to figure out the perpetrator on a train packed with suspects.

Murder on the Orient Express holds up as one of the best murder mystery movies of all time. This fact is even more impressive when you take into account the novel it was based on published in 1934 and the film that adapted it came out back in 1974.

If you’re looking for a more modern version, there is even a remake that recently released in 2017. Just keep in mind that it doesn’t really do too much different and that some of the performances don’t really come off as well as the original.

Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid

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As its title would insinuate, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid is a parody on the pulp detective films of the time, even ripping clips straight from some of them as a part of its gags.

In this film, private investigator Roy Reardon is tasked with solving the murder of a famous cheese maker that dies in a freak car crash. As always not everything is as it seems, leading to plenty of hijinks.

Despite the comical feel, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid actually does a fantastic job paying homage to the craft as well, thanks majorly to the talent behind the characters.

The film features a lot of well-known stars that were just getting their start in the industry, including Steve Martin, Kirk Douglas, Betty Davis, and Rachael Ward, just to name a few.

It is also directed by legendary comedian Carl Reiner, best known for his work on The Dick Van Dyke Show.

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Even if you’re not an avid murder mystery fan, it’s entirely likely you’ve heard of – or at least played the board game based on – Clue.

Taking place in 1954, six strangers have been invited to a mansion located in the secluded New England countryside to confront someone blackmailing each of them.

When that man is murdered, the only questions left are: who did it and what did they use?

What’s interesting is – just like the board game – the answer varies depending upon which of the three endings you watch.

Alongside the mystery behind it all, Clue’s dark brand of comedy is just as hilarious as the ridiculousness that takes place in Knives Out. The only downside is that Clue doesn’t have smarmy Chris Evans.

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Loner high school student Brendan Frye has just found his ex-girlfriend, Emily Kostich, murdered in a ditch. To make sense of things, he ingratiates himself in the local social networks of his high school, as they may be connected to her death.

It isn’t long before Frye finds out there is a lot more going on that what this small town presents on the surface.

Brick’s high school setting mixed with its gritty, neo-noir style makes for an interesting film, as it simultaneously acknowledges the absurdity of its characters and setting while also telling a compelling story.

Avid Knives Out fans are likely already aware of this film, as it served as Rian Johnson’s directorial debut at back in 2005.

Murder By Death

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As its name suggests, Murder by Death is no ordinary murder mystery film. Instead, it actually pokes fun at the genre a little.

The film’s premise surrounds an invitation to five of the world’s greatest detectives to solve a murder that is set to take place later that night. The one who guesses it correctly will be rewarded $1 million and crowned the greatest detective in the world.

A calamity of incorrect theories, misdeeds, and overall hilarity soon occur, as new variables no one could have seen coming are presented left and right.

While Murder By Death may be a spoof of the celebrated genre for the films that make up this list, it also serves as a tribute, highlighting the best parts of it and making them comical at the same time.

Death on the Nile (1978)

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Belgian detective Hercule Poirot once again returns to investigate a dastardly murder. Instead of a train, this time he finds himself coasting down the Nile river on a boat, surrounded by socialites.

When the woman who hires him, Linnet Doyle, is found dead, shot in the head and stripped of her valuable pearls, Poirot must use his skills to find the killer… or killers.

Anyone who enjoyed the zany antics of Daniel Craig’s performance in Knives Out is sure to also love Peter Ustinov, who puts on an equally amazing show as Poirot this time around.

Just like the other Agatha Christie film on this list, Death on the Nile is also getting a modern-day remake. Keep an eye out for the new film when it releases 2020.

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Based on the play of the same name, Deathtrap is a black comedy surrounding the downward spiral of Sidney Bruhl, a once-successful playwright on Broadway.

One day, Bruhl receives a brilliant script belonging to a formal pupil, Clifford Anderson. In order to steal the script for himself, he plots to kill his student.

Deathtrap’s unique presentation and plot line-up very similarly to Knives out, as both take a very different approach to the genre while still playing up its tropes.

Couple this with the star-studded cast of the likes of Michael Caine, Dyan Cannon, and Christopher Reeve and the film’s take on dark comedy, and the parallels between the two films are more than clear.

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Because who doesn’t want more murder mysteries in their lives?

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Unless you have lived under a rock for the last two years, you’ve no doubt at least heard of Knives Ou t. The 2019 murder mystery movie had all the right pieces: a funny script, absurd plot, razor-sharp dialogue, and brilliant casting. Among the powerhouse lineup of talent? Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, and Christopher Plummer. In a true murder mystery trope, the family of wealthy novelist Harlan Trombey (Plummer) shows up at his mansion for a well-attended and lavish 85th birthday. The following morning, the family finds Harlan dead — his throat slit. What ensues is a look at his volatile familial relationships , leaving each family member a strong suspect. And while all of that sounds heavy, it’s really pretty damn fun. After watching it, you’re going to want to binge all the movies like Knives Out that you can find. That’s where we come into the picture.

When searching for similar content, you must first consider what makes Knives Out so compelling. Like, for instance, the fact that it has all of the key components of a classic murder mystery. There are complicated connections. And, of course, a ton of money . But you also can’t have a true murder mystery without a mansion (or a train) and a group of quirky characters. Knives Out gave us a palatial estate and some of the quirkiest characters we could ever want. It’s not the first murder mystery, just as it won’t be the last. Many came before it, and some may even argue that other films did it better than this modern take.

We’ll let you be the judge! The following murder mysteries all key up the drama, and some are downright hysterical — just like Knives Out .

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1. clue (1985).

Is there a better murder mystery out there? Honestly, probably not. While Clue certainly wasn’t the first comedic murder mystery, it might just set the standard. Yes, it’s based on the board game of the same name. That alone might have made movie-goers leery of watching. But it actually worked perfectly. Interesting fact : When Clue originally came out in theaters, it was released randomly with three different endings. Meaning, you could see the movie in Cincinnati while your best friend saw the film in Chicago, and you would walk out “knowing” very different murderers. When the film was later released for home viewing, the video played all three endings in a row. The results of which were, honestly, hilarious.

2. Poirot Films — Really Any of Them (1989 – 2013)

There are no fewer than 18 films based on Agatha Christie’s ridiculous and somewhat loathsome Detective Poirot. Christie wrote 33 novels and dozens of short stories centered on the character, despite admitting on many occasions to absolutely hating him. In her defense (for keeping him around), he was wildly popular — maybe even more of a draw for mystery lovers than Sherlock Holmes. While any movie about Poirot is entertaining, we particularly like the 1974 version of Murder on the Orient Express . Another solid option? Murder Under the Sun , which stars Dame Maggie Smith.

3. Gosford Park (2001)

Gosford Park is not only a solid murder mystery, but it also boasts truly gorgeous cinematography. Bonus: It stars, among other people, Ryan Phillippe. One of the more remarkable parts of Gosford Park is how much more focus is on “the help” who work in the giant mansion. While the other movies on the list sort of use servants more as background props than actual characters, Gosford Park does an excellent job of giving you a look into the servants’ lives, in the vein of Upstairs, Downstairs, or Downton Abbey . In the end, the servants seem just as likely as the other more “well-to-do” mansion guests to commit murder.

4. Miss Marple Movies (1932 – 1976)

You’re probably somewhat familiar with Miss Marple, as she played twice by the inimitable Angela Lansbury. (Yes, Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast .) Marple is another fantastic detective character written by the late Agatha Christie. Many Marple fans are especially fond of the movies in which Margaret Rutherford plays her. We agree. To up the tension and suspense from Knives Out , try Murder Most Foul and Murder, She Said .

5. Deathtrap (1982)

While a million characters bog down some of the movies on our list, Deathtrap is relatively sparse by way of characters. Originally written for the stage, it doesn’t contain many scene changes either. Admittedly, it’s one of the goofier murder mysteries out there. However, it stars top-notch actors Christopher Reeve (AKA Superman) and Michael Caine (AKA Alfred in The Dark Knight trilogy). The movie follows a washed-up playwright (Caine) who, after reading a mentee’s (Reeve) script, plots a murder so that he can steal the mentee’s brilliant idea. For shame!

6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Disgraced financial reporter Mikael Blomkvist, (played by the gorgeous Daniel Craig) tries to salvage his career by solving a 40-year-old mystery. He partners up with Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker, to find the murderer of a wealthy Swedish industrialist’s niece. Salander is strange and brilliant, and together they crack this dangerous cold case wide open.

7. The Nice Guys (2016)

If Ryan Gosling isn’t enough to watch this movie, it also has a very groovy plot. It takes place in 1970s Los Angeles. Gosling and Russell Crowe play private eyes who are looking for a missing girl and investigating the death of a porn star. These two actors play an unlikely pair and during their investigation embark on a journey of mishaps and hilarity. Crowe and Gosling are a bumbling and beautiful pair who manage to unravel a mystery that keeps you guessing until the end.

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This article was originally published on March 29, 2021

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I really enjoyed watching Knives Out, it was an amazing movie. Whodunit movies like this one haven't hit cinemas for a while. Any suggestions for a similar crime/mystery/suspense/black comedy whodunit movie? I want to watch a movie that is suspenseful and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Also, i don't like too much violence, especially gore. And I know that this is a subreddit for movies, but any similar tv show recommendations would be appreciated, too. Thanks!

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Death on the Nile is a good one

Branaugh is doing that one next.

Evil Under the Sun was good too. Also with Peter Ustinov. I love his acting.

My favorite all time movie

Deathtrap, Sleuth, The Last of Sheila. These are among the major inspirations for Knives Out.

Gosford Park is a huge one, too.

Think about all the characters lining up to inherit and the specifics of the murderer.

Seconding Deathtrap. Recently saw it on a whim knowing nothing and it was a lot of fun. Plus a million parallels with Knives Out

Seconding Sleuth. The 1972 original is one of the best written films ever made. The remake wasn’t too bad either.

Never saw the original Sleuth, but the remake with Jude Law is really great.

Murder by Death

The absolute best

That was the film Alec Guiness did when he got the script for Star Wars A New Hope.

Also the movie is a product of it's time with the white guy playing an asian detective which is a parody of Charlie Chan .

Hilarious film and I loved it. Seeing a young Maggie Smith was weird and Mrs. Peacock from Clue

i'd recommend reading Agatha Christie' novels

thanks for sending me book recommendations! I love reading, so I'm definitely going to check those out.

And also Agatha Christie's Poirot television show, especially Season 1-8

Hands down ‘Gosford Park’ is in the same genre as Knives out - stylish movie, a mansion with guests, someone dies and detectives try ineffectively to solve the murder while the servants are smarter.

Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Charles Dance, Tom Hollander, Helen Mirren, Derek Jacobi, Clive Owen, Stephen Fry

This cast is nuts. Gonna have to watch this.

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Clue & 9 other darkly entertaining movies to watch if you liked knives out.

Can't get enough Benoit Blanc? Fill in that donut-shaped void with these ten amazing mystery films.

Fresh from the controversy of the eighth episode of Star Wars , Rian Johnson gathered an incredibly impressive ensemble cast and wrote, directed and produced Knives Out . The film was a huge success, with critics commenting on every element from its cinematography to endless unexpected twists and turns.

RELATED: Knives Out: Top 10 Best Quotes From Ransom Drysdale

It is a modern take on the classic whodunnit mystery genre, allowing an eclectic mixture of characters to bounce off of each other and keep the audience guessing. While a sequel starring Daniel Craig is currently in development, here are ten similar films to tide you over if you’re looking for something similar.

Murder On The Orient Express

We haven’t specified a year for the version of Murder On The Orient Express you should watch, because fans of Knives Out will probably find something to love in every single one. It’s a classic mystery film based on the 1934 Agatha Christie novel and will have you sucked into the attempt to figure out who killed Edward Ratchett.

Whether you go for the 2017 Hollywood version, the 1974 original or the two TV versions from the 2000s, you’ll be gripped. Watch if you like: to figure whodunnit.

Gone Girl (2014)

David Fincher’s take on the fantastic Gone Girl novel was a big-budget, big-runtime success. He told the story of Amy Elliot Dunne’s disappearance with incredible tension and creepy characterization, leaving just about any viewer gripped by the mid-point change of pace.

Watch if you like: a major mid-story change.

Parasite (2019)

Bong Joon-ho’s Oscar-winning masterpiece, Parasite , is the most recent film on this list. It is arguably the best and most famous Korean film ever made, and will highly likely make its way into many lists of the greatest films ever one day.

The non-stop twists and turns of the interesting and ever-evolving story mirror the endless changes of pace delivered by Knives Out . Watch if you like: constant changes of pace.

Clue (1985)

Based on the board game of the same name, Clue allows comedy to make its way into a mystery-forward story that adapted the game of the same name. The ensemble cast and experimental (the film had three different endings, spread between different cinemas) approach helped gain interest, but the actual film itself was considered rather average.

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Whatever your view, it’ll appeal to fans of Knives Out  due to the undeniable similarities and the fact that both make a farce out of the detective story while still being a good detective story. Watch if you like: mystery.

Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)

Like it or not, it's hard to contradict the fact that  Rian Johnson’s attempt at making a Star Wars film was always going to be doused in controversy because, well, it’s Star Wars . While the style and plot of Knives Out and The Last Jedi have basically nothing in common, the directorial style lingers.

Johnson is a fan of breaking the expectations of his audience, and if The Last Jedi did one thing, it was that. Watch if you like: having your expectations thrown out of the window.

The Cabin In The Woods (2011)

Much like The Last Jedi , there isn’t a whole lot of storyline similarity that connects The Cabin In The Woods to Knives Out , but there is a distinct overlap in the approach to filmmaking in both.

RELATED:  Knives Out: 15 Hidden Details You Missed In The Film

While Knives Out is a satirical take on whodunnit films that still manages to be a brilliant whodunnit film, The Cabin In The Woods perfectly satirizes horror, while remaining very scary. Watch if you like: genre satire.

Identity (2003)

Identity is, for the first half of its runtime, a relatively standard slasher film in which the central characters are trying to work out who is killing people and why. Knives Out shares a motivation.

What Identity does differently, is push twists to the absolute top of the pile, leaving your mind blown by the film’s conclusion. Even Knives Out doesn’t take things that far. Watch if you like: twists.

And Then There Were None (1945)

Returning to the Queen of whodunnit, Agatha Christie, we have And Then There Were None. The novel is the best-selling mystery book in the world thanks to its brilliant characters and interesting storyline.

As with many classics of this nature, there have been a number of adaptations across the year, with the first being released in 1945 and the most recent in 2015. Watch if you like: murder mystery .

Rear Window (1954)

The master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock, was at the helm of Rear Window , a film often considered to be his finest work. It is frequently considered to be amongst the greatest films ever made despite being set almost exclusively in one room.

The film follows James Stewart’s Jeff as he obsessively watches his neighbors and assigns them personalities and lifestyles. Watch if you like: being kept on your toes.

Shutter Island (2010)

Martin Scorsese returned to the thrillers with none other than  Shutter Island . The film starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Teddy Daniels, a US Marshal looking to investigate a missing patient from a psychiatric facility on a secure island.

While much of the film overlaps with Knives Out (who did it and why?), an even stronger connection is created when everything we thought we knew about the characters and their story is flipped. Watch if you like: mystery and twists.

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10 Movies You Should Stream If You Like Knives Out

Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc in Knives Out

Rian Johnson made murder fun again with his own version of the classic whodunnit Knives Out . In fact, the hilarious Academy Award-nominated crowdpleaser, about dysfunctional family put under suspicion after their novelist patriarch’s (Christopher Plummer) mysterious death, was so successful that the writer/director is planning a follow-up with Daniel Craig set to return as renowned private investigator Benoit Blanc.

However, at the moment, Knives Out 2 does not have a set release date, let alone an official title, and in today’s fast-paced world, fans can only wait so long to get their fix of movies rich in laughs as well as suspense. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of films spanning decades that indulge in that irresistibly devilish crossbreed of genres that you can access with the push of a button.

If Knives Out left you puzzled, shaking, in stitches, or all three and wanting more, these additional comedic thrillers should help fill that void. I narrowed the best of the bunch available to stream down to 10.

Clue (Crackle)

The Plot: Based on the classic board game of the same name, six eccentric socialites are invited to dinner it a luxurious mansion. When the wealthy party host, Mr. Boddy, suddenly turns up dead and it is clear the murderer is someone in the house, the six guests, the maid, and the butler (an always dazzling Tim Curry) must piece together the puzzling mystery of who among them is the culprit.

Why Fans Of Knives Out Would Like It: Clearly Knives Out takes a heavy amount of inspiration from the works of Agatha Christie . Yet, those comparatively earnest suspense novels do not match the playful tone of Rian Johnson’s comedic caper nearly as well as this film. From a story co-developed by John Landis, Jonathan Lynn’s Clue is one of the most beloved whodunnits that keeps you laughing as much as it keeps your guessing until the end which, in 1985, would vary by where your theater was located .

Where To Stream: Crackle

The Brothers Bloom (YouTube, Tubi, Vudu)

The Plot: Brothers Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) and Bloom (Adrien Brody) have mastered the art of the con, having practiced swindling since childhood. Bloom wishes for a life beyond his criminal past, but not without Stephen nudging him to reunite to relive the glory days. When they select quirky heiress Penelope (Rachel Weisz) as their target, it quickly becomes apparent that the last job for the Brothers Bloom may be their messiest.

Why Fans Of Knives Out Would Like It: Rian Johnson has a reputation for creating high-drama suspense thrillers, such as the high school-set noir Brick , the aggressively original time travel tale Looper , and his devastating Breaking Bad episodes . 2008’s The Brothers Bloom , only his second feature-length effort as writer and director, is his departure from that tone in attempt to create a clever, screwball comedy that he would perfect in Knives Out .

Where To Stream: YouTube , Tubi , or Vudu (opens in new tab) .

A Simple Favor (Hulu)

The Plot: “Plain Jane” single mother and parenting vlogger Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) envisions her life changing for the better when she befriends the elegant , but brutally honest, Emily Nelson (Blake Lively), who inspires her to break out of her comfort zone. When Emily suddenly goes missing, Stephanie takes advantage of her newfound confidence to investigate the disappearance, learning more about her friend than she bargained for.

Why Fans Of Knives Out Would Like It: Paul Feig, director of such comedies as Bridesmaids and Last Christmas , goes slightly against type with this 2018 adaptation of Darcey Bell’s mystery novel that is less of a comedy with a few elements of a crime thriller, a la The Heat or Spy (also by Feig), and more of a crime thriller with a few elements of a comedy. Like Knives Out , A Simple Favor succeeds at being a fun, stylized, and sexy guessing game, but it may be even the darker of the two. Brace yourself for some real hair-raising revelations throughout.

Where To Stream: Hulu (opens in new tab)

Snatch (Crackle)

The Plot: A stolen diamond has gone missing and anyone who has come within ear shot of the madness surrounding this priceless artifact wants to get their hands on it. Guy Ritchie’s 2000 follow-up to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a Pulp Fiction -style quasi-anthology thriller that chronicles a brainteasing treasure hunt through the streets of London from a unusual variety of various viewpoints that might require subtitles here and there.

Why Fans Of Knives Out Would Like It: Snatch is the kind of film Rian Johnson would make if he made British crime thrillers. For one, it’s got a star-studded ensemble cast, including Brad Pitt as an incomprehensible, but rambunctious, gypsy , Benicio del Toro as a bumbling jewel thief, and Jason Statham as an innocent boxing promoter who someone gets caught up in the mess, just to name a few). On top of that, every moment of this instant classic is pure zaniness wrapped up in a clever plot straight out of a Michael Mann film that only gets funnier every time you watch it.

Murder Mystery (Netflix)

The Plot: After an unexpected invitation onto a billionaire’s yacht, New York cop Nick Spitz (Adam Sandler) and his wife, Audrey (Jennifer Aniston), seem to be having the European vacation of their dreams, until they become the prime suspects of a murder on board. Now on the run from the law, Nick must use his bumbling detective skills and Audrey her mystery novel expertise to figure out who has framed them and clear their names.

Why Fans Of Knives Out Would Like It: The title of this 2019 Netflix original says it all. From Danny Boon’s performance as a clear counterpart to Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot (also heavily influential of Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc in Knives Out ), the colorful cast of suspicious, high-class characters, and Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s break-neck race through Europe to prove their innocence, Murder Mystery hits the spot for fans of comedic suspense thrillers.

Where To Stream: Netflix (opens in new tab)

The Cabin In The Woods (Hulu, Amazon Prime)

The Plot: Five college students (including a young Chris Hemsworth ) take a trip to a remote woodland cabin for a fun weekend getaway. If your guess of what happens next in this PG-13, 2011 release is “Terrible things begin to happen,” well, of course that is what happens, but for reasons that are unlike any “cabin in the woods” flick you have ever seen.

Why Fans Of Knives Out Would Like It: In the vein of the uniquely meta 1996 slasher Scream, director Drew Goddard and his co-writer Joss Whedon go for a more mysterious, wholly fascinating, and unabashedly insane deconstruction of the horror genre. What Knives Out did for the whodunnit by gleefully pulling the rug from under its audience, The Cabin in the Woods does the same for the teen thriller .

Where To Stream: Hulu (opens in new tab) or Amazon Prime (opens in new tab)

The ‘Burbs (Sling)

The Plot: All family man Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) wants to do is enjoy a peaceful staycation, but his friends will not stop bothering him with chilling theories about the never-seen family living in the creepy house next door. Yet, the more he tries to ignore it, the more he begins to suspect that his neighbors could mean danger for suburbia.

Why Fans Of Knives Out Would Like It: This 1989 cult classic is a highlight of Tom Hanks’ early years as a comic superstar, but also works as a fun mystery thriller for how well it taunts its audience by never fully letting on who the crazy next door neighbor really is . Sporting a tone that fuses the suspenseful imagination of Rod Serling with the cartoonish lunacy of Steve Martin, The ‘Burbs is one of director Joe Dante’s ( Gremlins , Innerspace ) most beloved dark comedies.

Where To Stream: Sling (opens in new tab)

Silver Streak (Sling)

The Plot: Average, somewhat clumsy LA book editor George Caldwell (Gene Wilder) finds unexpected romance with the beautiful Hilly (Jill Clayburgh) during a trip to Chicago on the titular train. His stroke of luck soon runs out after he witnesses a murder onboard and the perpetrators throw him off the side of the tracks. With the help of slick car thief, Grover (Richard Pryor), George must find a way back onto the Silver Streak to save his new love from danger.

Why Fans Of Knives Out Would Like It: Silver Streak is the first film to pair Gene Wilder with Richard Pryor in a string of comic capers, as well as the most widely acclaimed of the bunch. The Oscar-nominated 1976 hit boasts one of the best performances from the late iconic duo , who make an otherwise adventurous, high-energy action thriller a relentlessly hilarious romp that is fun for all ages.

In Bruges (Max Go)

The Plot: After a job goes horribly wrong, Irish hitmen Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brenan Gleeson) are instructed by their ill-mannered boss, Harry (Ralph Fiennes), to hide out in the quaint Belgian town of Bruges. Ken struggles to make light of their situation by treating it like a vacation, but his younger partner refuses to see the bright side as the reason behind his abhorrence and hopeless guilt slowly becomes more clear.

Why Fans Of Knives Out Would Like It: It might come as no surprise that this mightily dark comedy , nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay, is the feature-length of playwright-turned-filmmaker Martin McDonagh, known for testing the limits of tragedy’s comedic appeal with 2017’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri . Knives Out looks like family matinee in comparison to In Bruges , yet both are rich in shocking twists, a dynamite cast, and a moving, character driven-plot that bends the rules of where the audience’s sympathies should normally lie.

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Mystery Team (Hulu)

The Plot: Jason (Donald Glover), Duncan (D.C. Piersen), and Charlie (Dominic Dierkes) were their neighborhood’s top detectives, solving a slew of local “crimes” in their childhood. In adulthood, they prove to be not as successful as the trio attempt to crack a case that forces them realize that solving grown-up crimes takes some growing up first.

Why Fans Of Knives Out Would Like It: Mystery Team , which the immature sleuths call themselves, is the first feature-length writing, producing, and starring credit of Donald Glover (whose Atlanta co-star Lakeith Stanfield plays Lt. Elliott in Knives Out ), and a counterpart of the internet comedy troupe through which he first gained notoriety , Derrick Comedy. While Rian Johnson’s whodunnit takes a, relatively, more earnest approach to its humorous elements, if you like to your crime thrillers served dark with a healthy side of engrossing absurdity, this lesser-known 2009 cult film just might be destined to become your new favorite mystery.

Does this list of movie suggestions similar to Knives Out meet your fancy? Let us know in the comments and, in the meantime, be sure to check back for news related to Rian Johnson’s mystery hit and other bloody funny crime thrillers here on CinemaBlend.


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Two Knives Out Sequels Are Coming to Netflix 

By Paulina Jayne Isaac

Big news, people: Two Knives Out sequels have found their home at Netflix . 

Yup, that’s right: Netflix just closed a huge deal to acquire the next movies in the Knives Out universe. Per Deadline , said deal is reportedly worth $400 million. 

 And it’ll be money well spent: The first Knives Out movie grossed over $300 million in 2019. There’s absolutely an appetite for more, and Netflix is about to deliver.  

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Deadline reports Daniel Craig will be reprising his role as Detective Benoit Blanc. However, the other members of the cast (including Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis , and Lakeith Stanfield) will not be returning. That makes sense: Detective Blanc wrapped up their mystery at the end of the first movie. He’s ready to move on! 

Talk of a sequel began less than a year after Knives Out ’s release. The film’s Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter, Rian Johnson, told Entertainment Weekly in January 2020 another movie is something he “would love to do.” It appears he’s getting his wish, two times over. 

The Knives Out Twitter account is already poking fun at the news that the sequels will be Netflix Originals:

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“I had so much fun working with Daniel…. The idea of doing the same thing that Agatha Christie did with Poirot and Miss Marple—just doing a whole different deal with Benoit Blanc as the detective,” Johnson continued in the EW interview. “The possibilities of that seem endless in a way that’s really exciting.”

Craig expressed a similar excitement: “I mean, I’d do anything for Rian,” he told EW in a separate interview. “If he writes something, I’ll do it. Of course, I will. Why wouldn’t I? I had a ton of fun doing it. You aim for that every time, you aim for that to work out. It rarely, rarely does, but it did on that movie, and how nice is that?"

The first Knives Out sequel will begin shooting on June 28 in Greece.

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