Best Mystery Movies of 1978
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
The first remake of the paranoid infiltration classic moves the setting for the invasion, from a small town to the city of San Francisco and starts as Matthew Bennell notices that several of his friends are complaining that their close relatives are in some way different. When questioned later they themselves seem changed, as they deny everything or make lame excuses. As the invaders increase in number they become more open and Bennell, who has by now witnessed an attempted "replacement", realises that he and his friends must escape or suffer the same fate. But who can he trust to help him and who has already been snatched?
A young woman doctor discovers something sinister going on in her hospital. Relatively healthy patients are having 'complications' during simple operations and ending up in comas. The patients are then shipped off to an institute that looks after them. The young doctor suspects there is more to this than meets the eye.
A shy San Francisco librarian and a bumbling cop fall in love as they solve a crime involving albinos, dwarves, and the Catholic Church.
Columbo: Murder Under Glass
Columbo (Peter Falk) investigates a famous restaurant critic for murder.
Eyes of Laura Mars
A famous fashion photographer develops a disturbing ability to see through the eyes of a killer.
The Thirty Nine Steps
The year is 1914 and Richard Hannay, Mining Engineer who is visiting Britain for a short time before returning to South Africa, is shocked when one of his neighbours, Colonel Scudder, bursts into his rooms one night and tells him a story that Prussian 'sleeper' agents are planning to pre-start World War I by murdering a visiting foreign minister. However, Scudder is murdered and Hannay is framed for the death by the 'sleepers'. Fleeing to Scotland Hannay attempts to clear his name and to stop the agents with the aid of Alex Mackenzie but not only is he is chased by Chief Supt Lomas for Scudder's death but by the agents who are headed by Appleton who has managed to hide himself in a high-placed position in the British Government...
At a Catholic boys' school, domineering disciplinarian Father Goddard rules over his pupils with an iron hand. When one of his teenage charges confesses to murder, the dogmatic but deeply repressed Goddard finds his faith challenged and his life spiralling dangerously out of control. Also starring Billy Connolly (in his first feature-film role), Dominic Guard ,Kes star Dai Bradley, and the inimitable Brian Glover, and written by the great Anthony Shaffer, Absolution is one of British cinema’s most underrated chillers, not least for a towering central performance by Burton.
Someone's Watching Me!
A woman is being watched in her apartment by a stranger, who also calls and torments her. A cat-and-mouse game begins.
The Cheap Detective
Spoofing the entire 1940s detective genre, and his own performances as a bumbling private detective, Peter Falk plays Lou Pekinpaugh, a San Francisco private detective accused of murdering his partner at the instigation of his mistress, the partner's wife, Georgia Merkle.
The Big Fix
Richard Dreyfuss is Moses Wine, a private detective hired to by his former college girlfriend, Susan Anspach, to investigate a political smear campaign. Moses sets out to find out who is responsible, with deadly results, in this comedy-thriller.