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Official Mystery/Suspense/Thriller Challenge - July 2019

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Post by maxwelldeux » June 29th, 2019, 9:28 am

Official Mystery/Suspense/Thriller Challenge


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Goal
- Watch as many Mystery/Suspense/Thriller movies as you can (or want) from July 1st, 2018 to July 31st, 2019.

Rules
- Each feature film (over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- 60 minutes of short films counts as one entry.
- Episodes of miniseries follow the standard 40/60 rule.
- Rewatches are allowed and good for the soul.
- Please include year of release when listing your viewings.
- TV Episodes follow the 40/60 rule

Fair play
- Remember this is a community event, so participating aren't only about listing up titles. If you post early this give the other participants suggestions to their own viewings. And brings the community closer together.
- If you're in the top 5 please post at least bi-daily (as this is vacation time, send a short PM to me if you get way ahead without posting, so I can give status updates to the others)
- I will not allow anyone to enter the top 5 on the final day with their first post.
*Stolen shamelessly from albajos. Well said.

Official lists
AFI's 100 years...100 thrills
IMDB Mystery
IMDB Thriller


Other lists
ICM Thriller-tagged films
ICM Mystery-tagged films

Bonus challenge #1: Watch Clue (1985) and Tell Me How Awesome It Is
I LOVE this movie. But I will (begrudgingly) admit that not everyone will. Still, watch this movie and tell me something awesome about it. Even if you didn't like it, lie. Make it up. Try to make me laugh. Watch/rewatch Clue (1985) and say something about it to win this bonus challenge.
Challenge Winner Winning Post Cheers
blocho viewtopic.php?p=584937#p584937 :cheers:
maxwelldeux viewtopic.php?p=585287#p585287 :cheers:
wowwee123 viewtopic.php?p=586401#p586401 :cheers:


Bonus challenge #2: Solve the Mystery
Late on the evening of 30 June 2019 PDT, when most of the world is already in July, maxwelldeux will post a Mystery, with an additional clue occurring at least daily. All solutions will be film titles (nothing obscure), first correct answer wins. Solve the most mysteries and win this bonus challenge.
Mystery 1: solved by solShow
According to my mother, this 1960s film justifies her biggest phobia.
SpoilerShow
The Birds (1963)
Mystery 2: solved by albajosShow
Eight-year-old maxwelldeux considered this film to be cinematic perfection.
Clue 2:Show
Michael Bay can go fuck himself.
SpoilerShow
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Mystery 3: solved by solShow
First movie I ever saw in the theater with my wife.
Clue 2:Show
Havahd Yahd
Clue 3:Show
The sequel was the second movie I ever saw in the theater with my wife.
SpoilerShow
Ted (2012)
Mystery 4: solved by solShow
The star of this film had a prominent role in Movie 43.
Clue 2:Show
Inspired by a prominent 19th Century American novel.
SpoilerShow
Easy A (2010)
Mystery 5: solved by blochoShow
This 1980s film is the first movie I bought for my wife. She has still not seen it.
Clue 2:Show
2
Clue 3:Show
My mouth hurts after watching that.
SpoilerShow
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Mystery 6: solved by solShow
This 1990s film is the very first movie I ever bought on DVD.
Clue 2:Show
And it's on zero official lists.
Clue 3:Show
This film is a remake. The original is on our forum's favorite movies list.
SpoilerShow
City of Angels (1998)
Mystery 7: solved by flavo5000Show
I had a teacher in high school who did a spot-on impression of this titular character.
Clue 2:Show
He always got a lot of laughs doing this impression.
SpoilerShow
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Mystery 8: solved by solShow
The first film I ever watched because of ICM.
SpoilerShow
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Mystery 9: solved by solShow
According to my mother, this film features the greatest acting performance by any actress.
Clue 2:Show
And it would even be eligible for this challenge.
SpoilerShow
Misery (1990)
Mystery 10: solved by flavo5000Show
I saw this film in the theaters 4 times during its initial theatrical run.
Clue 2:Show
I usually attended late-night showings to improve the theater experience.
Clue 3:Show
About a large corporation.
Clue 4:Show
WS
Clue 5:Show
Just a ridiculous number of doors.
SpoilerShow
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Mystery 11: solved by jeroenoShow
This is the sol-iest entry I could think of.
SpoilerShow
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Mystery 12: solved by solShow
Head & Shoulders Shampoo
SpoilerShow
Evolution (2001)
Mystery 13: solved by flavo5000Show
This film was my answer to the question "What gives your heart a boner?"
Clue 2:Show
Apartment living
Clue 3:Show
And lots of photgraphs.
Clue 4:Show
10+ Official Lists
SpoilerShow
Amelie (2001)
Mystery 14: solved by shugsShow
This is was the first movie someone brought to my house and said "max, you have to watch this."
Clue 2:Show
A very religious film.
Clue 3:Show
A toilet plays a pivotal role.
Clue 4:Show
And there were just a shit-ton of guns.
SpoilerShow
Boondock Saints (1999)
Mystery 15: solved by blochoShow
My wife was OBSESSED with this 80s movie growing up.
Clue 2:Show
On 0 official lists.
Clue 3:Show
Twins


Participants
Rank Participant Count
1 psychotronicbeatnik 67
2 flavo5000 60
3 72allinncallme 56
4 Traveller 55
5 jeroeno 52
6 jdidaco 40
7 sol 39
8 ororama 33
9 maxwelldeux 28
9 sebby 28
11 AB537 27
11 allisoncm 27
13 hurluberlu 26
14 albajos 22
15 blocho 21
16 VincentPrice 19
17 shugs 18
18 vortexsurfer 14
19 wowwee123 13
20 peeptoad 11
21 mathiasa 10
21 cinephage 10
23 Cinepolis 7
24 3eyes 6
24 Coryn 6
26 clemmetarey 4
26 sheikofhyrule 4
28 zzzorf 2



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Week 1: viewtopic.php?p=585820#p585820
Week 2: viewtopic.php?p=586941#p586941
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#2

Post by albajos » June 29th, 2019, 9:39 am

So we can watch Clue 3 times. Once with each of the endings? It's how it was released in theatres.

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Post by Traveller » June 29th, 2019, 11:00 am

Heya max, thanks for hosting. I’m in. Already indicated by sol in the Future Challenges thread, I would be interested if you consider the following movies to be eligible (I assume movies tagged as such on IMDb are?!):

- Movies that are not tagged as Thriller/Mystery on IMDb but are on ICM
- Movies that are not tagged as Thriller/Mystery on IMDb or ICM but appear on themed lists (for example Mauvais sang on the iCM Forum's Favorite Thriller-Suspense Movies (all votes))
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Post by albajos » June 29th, 2019, 11:19 am

No, outdated. It's better you post those in the viewtopic.php?p=584292 thread to fix them
No, you list the all votes list, there is no control if we include everything people voted for (just look at the all votes musical list). At least there are some consensus when they get into the top250

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Post by 3eyes » June 29th, 2019, 1:44 pm

this will be my main focus.
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Post by peeptoad » June 29th, 2019, 1:54 pm

3eyes wrote:
June 29th, 2019, 1:44 pm
this will be my main focus.
ditto. I'll be watching mostly gialli.

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Post by Traveller » June 29th, 2019, 5:40 pm

albajos wrote:
June 29th, 2019, 11:19 am
No, outdated. It's better you post those in the viewtopic.php?p=584292 thread to fix them
No, you list the all votes list, there is no control if we include everything people voted for (just look at the all votes musical list). At least there are some consensus when they get into the top250
Okay, thank you.

My apologies, but one more verdict is needed... what about The Omen (1976)? It's on the AFI's 100 years...100 thrills list, but only tagged as Horror on IMDb.
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Post by maxwelldeux » June 29th, 2019, 6:08 pm

Traveller wrote:
June 29th, 2019, 5:40 pm
albajos wrote:
June 29th, 2019, 11:19 am
No, outdated. It's better you post those in the viewtopic.php?p=584292 thread to fix them
No, you list the all votes list, there is no control if we include everything people voted for (just look at the all votes musical list). At least there are some consensus when they get into the top250
Okay, thank you.

My apologies, but one more verdict is needed... what about The Omen (1976)? It's on the AFI's 100 years...100 thrills list, but only tagged as Horror on IMDb.
The Omen is fine (also, it's tagged as a Thriller on TMDB).

In general, if you can make a convincing argument for a movie's inclusion here, that's fine.

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Post by maxwelldeux » June 29th, 2019, 6:11 pm

albajos wrote:
June 29th, 2019, 9:39 am
So we can watch Clue 3 times. Once with each of the endings? It's how it was released in theatres.
Clue can and should be viewed multiple times. With different endings, with all three endings. It's a win every time you view it because it's so good. :P

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Post by 72allinncallme » June 29th, 2019, 6:35 pm

In. Thanks for hosting Max.

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Post by blocho » June 29th, 2019, 9:54 pm

I also love Clue. A childhood favorite. I'm not sure if I'll rewatch because I rewatched only a year or two ago.

Do episodes of Black Mirror follow the 40 or 60 rule?

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Post by flavo5000 » June 29th, 2019, 10:34 pm

I'll be in on this one. I like a good mystery.

Also maxwelldeux, let's hope that's just because you're using the 40/60 rule on TV series that we don't have a repeat of last year's Chinese challenge where the top 2 both had over a hundred points of TV (one of them just binged Chinese reality TV shows). Please folks don't just binge like 200 episodes of CSI or something. :P

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Post by flavo5000 » June 29th, 2019, 10:51 pm

Oh, also. Clue is indeed awesome. I've probably watched it at least half a dozen times already. I was thinking, Murder By Death would make a good double feature with Clue actually.

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Post by maxwelldeux » June 30th, 2019, 12:42 am

blocho wrote:
June 29th, 2019, 9:54 pm
Do episodes of Black Mirror follow the 40 or 60 rule?
Yes. :P

If the episodes are over 40m, each one counts. If they're under 40m, you need to combine them (with other shorts/episodes) until you get to a total of 60m.

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Post by maxwelldeux » June 30th, 2019, 12:51 am

flavo5000 wrote:
June 29th, 2019, 10:34 pm
Also maxwelldeux, let's hope that's just because you're using the 40/60 rule on TV series that we don't have a repeat of last year's Chinese challenge where the top 2 both had over a hundred points of TV (one of them just binged Chinese reality TV shows). Please folks don't just binge like 200 episodes of CSI or something. :P
I mean, I agree, and I think there has probably been enough public shaming about this to really cement our values around here. But I also don't want to disallow TV, nor do I want to spend time tracking how much TV people are watching... so here's hoping it goes well.

And I was unaware of Murder by Death, but now I want to watch that. :thumbsup:


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Post by allisoncm » June 30th, 2019, 3:41 am

I'm in. Mainly noir, but hopefully some other stuff too. I will only count films tagged mystery, suspense, and/or thriller for simplicity's sake.

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Post by shugs » June 30th, 2019, 8:07 am

I'm in. This will be my main challenge this month. Thanks for hosting, max. :cheers:

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Post by Traveller » July 1st, 2019, 4:08 am

01. Paradise Now (2005) - 6/10
It’s a difficult topic with the focus on the last two days of two men who were recruited as suicide bombers. Displayed is the secrecy they must maintain before their families as well as the faith or lack of when both are separated on their fateful day.
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Post by maxwelldeux » July 1st, 2019, 4:43 am

Traveller wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 4:08 am
01. Paradise Now (2005) - 6/10
It’s a difficult topic with the focus on the last two days of two men who were recruited as suicide bombers. Displayed is the secrecy they must maintain before their families as well as the faith or lack of when both are separated on their fateful day.
Yeah, I thought the premise had a lot of promise, but the end product just didn't bring it to the next level to challenge me. I've got it at a 6/10 as well.

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Post by maxwelldeux » July 1st, 2019, 9:30 am

Bonus Challenge #2:
Mystery 1:Show
According to my mother, this 1960s film justifies her biggest phobia.

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Post by sol » July 1st, 2019, 9:52 am

With a title like that, I just had to make this my first viewing of the month:

1. Murder Mystery (2019)

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Reunited from Just Go with It, the chemistry between Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston is divine here and there are lively supporting turns from Dany Boon and Terence Stamp. While not as character driven as the best Agatha Christie mysteries, the filmmakers manage to drum up some genuine suspense and mystery regarding who the killer is. Some of the red herrings do not quite add up, but this is a lot of fun while it lasts.
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Post by Cinepolis » July 1st, 2019, 10:08 am

I have to say, the bonus challenge is really creative. I applaud you to that.

I'll probably watch a bunch of found footage-movies, since there are a lot of doubles.

1. Amber Alert (2012) - 6/10 [double]
I think, to the contrary of many, that the acting was great, but the constant arguments and the fact, that most of the film involves the characters driving around, don't allow for much suspense to arise.

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Post by flavo5000 » July 1st, 2019, 11:39 am

maxwelldeux wrote:
June 30th, 2019, 12:51 am

And I was unaware of Murder by Death, but now I want to watch that. :thumbsup:
I think it's pretty damn funny. Although it's a more overt parody of mystery fiction (featuring parodies of several famous detectives), so it definitely plays better the more familiar you are with classic mysteries in general.

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Post by flavo5000 » July 1st, 2019, 11:40 am

Can anyone recommend some twisty, mostly single-location mysteries in the vein of Sleuth, Deathtrap and End Play?

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Post by sol » July 1st, 2019, 12:15 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 9:30 am
Bonus Challenge #2:
Mystery 1:Show
According to my mother, this 1960s film justifies her biggest phobia.
The Birds??? I don't know. :shrug: Are we meant to know what your mother is afraid of? And I am able to make another guess if I'm wrong or do I have wait until another clue arrives?
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Post by sol » July 1st, 2019, 12:18 pm

Magical Mystery TourShow
1. Murder Mystery (2019)

2. Borgman (2013)

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What initially seems likely a tame tale of an unwanted guest soon morphs into something very strange and unusual here to the point that it becomes nicely unpredictable as to what will happen next. The film concludes with a number of answered questions, but by the end of the movie it becomes obvious what the title character and his mysterious friends represent even without writer-director Alex van Warmerdam explicitly stating it. The whole thing is incredibly creepy too and downright unsettling at times as we see the behaviour of all main characters altered during the course of the film.
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Post by 3eyes » July 1st, 2019, 12:31 pm

1. One body too many (84) - double
Picked it because it was a double (Hint: it's not Luxembourgish). I think it's the first time I've ever seen Jack Haley without his metallic costume & makeup.
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Post by albajos » July 1st, 2019, 12:32 pm

sol wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 12:15 pm
maxwelldeux wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 9:30 am
Bonus Challenge #2:
Mystery 1:Show
According to my mother, this 1960s film justifies her biggest phobia.
The Birds??? I don't know. :shrug: Are we meant to know what your mother is afraid of? And I am able to make another guess if I'm wrong or do I have wait until another clue arrives?
Yes, it can be bascally anything. The fear of prehistoric beasts? There's one for that.

But a rational fear, especially if you're allergic are bees. So The Deadly Bees (1966) is mine.

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Post by sol » July 1st, 2019, 12:35 pm

albajos wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 12:32 pm
sol wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 12:15 pm
maxwelldeux wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 9:30 am
Bonus Challenge #2:
Mystery 1:Show
According to my mother, this 1960s film justifies her biggest phobia.
The Birds??? I don't know. :shrug: Are we meant to know what your mother is afraid of? And I am able to make another guess if I'm wrong or do I have wait until another clue arrives?
Yes, it can be bascally anything. The fear of prehistoric beasts? There's one for that.

But a rational fear, especially if you're allergic are bees. So The Deadly Bees (1966) is mine.
Depends if max is being serious or not. If it's a jokey clue, the answer might be Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? :unsure:
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Post by VincentPrice » July 1st, 2019, 2:27 pm

1. Murder in the First-1995: 7/10

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Post by sol » July 1st, 2019, 2:50 pm

Magical Mystery TourShow
1. Murder Mystery (2019)
2. Borgman (2013)

3. The Nun (2018)

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Apparently a spin-off of the second Conjuring movie (which I've not seen), this works okay on its own, though the story is not that great, consisting more of boo-moment jump scares than anything else. The biggest plus is the setting with plenty of dark crevices and hidden passageways at the nunnery that bring to mind The Name of the Rose; the titular evil nun is pretty creepy too, though whenever she opens her mouth, the resemblance to Pennywise is distracting. All in all, not as worthless as the low IMDb rating might suggest, but then again my expectations were super-low going in.
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Post by VincentPrice » July 1st, 2019, 4:02 pm

2. Hard Target-1994: 9/10 (rewatch)
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Post by Traveller » July 1st, 2019, 4:39 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 4:43 am
Traveller wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 4:08 am
01. Paradise Now (2005) - 6/10
It’s a difficult topic with the focus on the last two days of two men who were recruited as suicide bombers. Displayed is the secrecy they must maintain before their families as well as the faith or lack of when both are separated on their fateful day.
Yeah, I thought the premise had a lot of promise, but the end product just didn't bring it to the next level to challenge me. I've got it at a 6/10 as well.
True, with the focus on the portrait of the two men, the horror of the act itself never entered the same picture. Which is fine, but I felt the movie lacked any real suspense therefore.

02. The Last Seduction (1994) - 7/10
Linda Fiorentino was great. Overall an okay movie with a bit of a slow middle part; rest was decent.
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by jeroeno » July 1st, 2019, 5:14 pm

1. Naakt over de Schutting (1973)

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Post by hurluberlu » July 1st, 2019, 6:08 pm

sol wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 12:35 pm
albajos wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 12:32 pm
sol wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 12:15 pm
The Birds??? I don't know. :shrug: Are we meant to know what your mother is afraid of? And I am able to make another guess if I'm wrong or do I have wait until another clue arrives?
Yes, it can be bascally anything. The fear of prehistoric beasts? There's one for that.

But a rational fear, especially if you're allergic are bees. So The Deadly Bees (1966) is mine.
Depends if max is being serious or not. If it's a jokey clue, the answer might be Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? :unsure:
Rosemary's Baby ? giving Birth to Satan :whistling:
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Post by blocho » July 1st, 2019, 6:24 pm

hurluberlu wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 6:08 pm
sol wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 12:35 pm
albajos wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 12:32 pm


Yes, it can be bascally anything. The fear of prehistoric beasts? There's one for that.

But a rational fear, especially if you're allergic are bees. So The Deadly Bees (1966) is mine.
Depends if max is being serious or not. If it's a jokey clue, the answer might be Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? :unsure:
Rosemary's Baby ? giving Birth to Satan :whistling:
Lot of spoilers here. I had no idea that's what Rosemary's baby referred to. Or that The Deadly Bees were about bees. Or that Virginia Woolf was actually a werewolf movie.

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Post by OldAle1 » July 1st, 2019, 6:25 pm

I'm in - I will watch a lot of Eurospy stuff for this and the low ratings challenge - alas they are inconsistently tagged, so some are not mystery/thriller, and there are alas some that have ratings too high for the other challenge :o . Whatever, I'm sure I"ll hit my minimum target of 10, probably a bit more.

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#39

Post by peeptoad » July 1st, 2019, 6:33 pm

hurluberlu wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 6:08 pm
sol wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 12:35 pm
albajos wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 12:32 pm


Yes, it can be bascally anything. The fear of prehistoric beasts? There's one for that.

But a rational fear, especially if you're allergic are bees. So The Deadly Bees (1966) is mine.
Depends if max is being serious or not. If it's a jokey clue, the answer might be Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? :unsure:
Rosemary's Baby ? giving Birth to Satan :whistling:
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Post by maxwelldeux » July 1st, 2019, 6:45 pm

sol wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 12:35 pm
albajos wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 12:32 pm
sol wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 12:15 pm
The Birds??? I don't know. :shrug: Are we meant to know what your mother is afraid of? And I am able to make another guess if I'm wrong or do I have wait until another clue arrives?
Yes, it can be bascally anything. The fear of prehistoric beasts? There's one for that.

But a rational fear, especially if you're allergic are bees. So The Deadly Bees (1966) is mine.
Depends if max is being serious or not. If it's a jokey clue, the answer might be Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? :unsure:
Well, the clues will be truthful, though not all will be super specific. My intention is to make them more and more specific as I reveal clues for the mystery.

That said, and rather surprising to me, you nailed it sol - The Birds is correct. I thought it would take at least a few clues to get there.

@hurluberlu: Your guess is hilarious...

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