Best Mystery Movies of 1983

1.

Videodrome

5.9
7.2/10 IMDB

As the president of a trashy TV channel, Max Renn is desperate for new programming to attract viewers. When he happens upon "Videodrome," a TV show dedicated to gratuitous torture and punishment, Max sees a potential hit and broadcasts the show on his channel. However, after his girlfriend auditions for the show and never returns, Max investigates the truth behind Videodrome and discovers that the graphic violence may not be as fake as he thought.

Starring: James Woods, Sonja Smits, Debbie Harry, Peter Dvorsky, Jack Creley, Lynne Gorman, Julie Khaner, Reiner Schwarz, David Bolt, Lally Cadeau ..
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Release date: 1983-02-04
2.

Psycho II

4.7
6.5/10 IMDB

After years of treatment at a mental institution for the criminally insane, serial killer Norman Bates is finally released. Deciding to move back into his long-dead mother's infamous old house, he soon finds himself tormented by 'her' demands and begins to question his own sanity.

Starring: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia, Dennis Franz, Hugh Gillin, Claudia Bryar, Robert Alan Browne, Ben Hartigan, Lee Garlington ..
Directed by: Richard Franklin
Release date: 1983-06-03
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : The Hound of the Baskervilles
3.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

3.6
6.6/10 IMDB

Sherlock Holmes comes to the aid of his friend Henry Baskerville, who is under a family curse and menaced by a demonic dog that prowls the bogs near his estate and murders people.

Starring: Ian Richardson, Donald Churchill, Denholm Elliott, Glynis Barber, Brian Blessed, Eleanor Bron, Edward Judd, Ronald Lacey, Martin Shaw, Connie Booth ..
Directed by: Douglas Hickox
Release date: 1983-11-03
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : Without a Trace
4.

Without a Trace

3.4
7.0/10 IMDB

Based on the case of young New Yorker Etan Patz, who disappeared in the early 1980s, this film casts Kate Nelligan as the distraught mother who lashes out at the police (in the person of a relentless detective played by Judd Hirsch), who make her and her husband suspects, even as she hounds them to find her child and drives away her husband (David Dukes) and friends (including Stockard Channing) with her intensity and single-mindedness. Squandered on a Hollywood ending that doesn't square with the real case: Etan Patz was never found.

Starring: Kate Nelligan, Judd Hirsch, David Dukes, Stockard Channing, Jacqueline Brookes, Danny Corkill, William Duell, Caroline Aaron, Terry O'Quinn ..
Directed by: Stanley R. Jaffe
Release date: 1983-02-04
5.

The House on Sorority Row

3.3
6.0/10 IMDB

After a seemingly innocent prank goes horribly wrong, a group of sorority sisters are stalked and murdered one by one in their sorority house while throwing a party to celebrate their graduation.

Starring: Kate McNeil, Eileen Davidson, Janis Ward, Robin Meloy, Harley Jane Kozak, Jodi Draigie, Ellen Dorsher, Lois Kelso Hunt, Christopher Lawrence, Michael Kuhn ..
Directed by: Mark Rosman
Release date: 1983-01-21
6.

House of the Long Shadows

3.2
6.3/10 IMDB

An American writer goes to a remote Welsh manor on a $20,000 bet that he can write a classic novel like 'Wuthering Heights' in 24 hours. However, upon his arrival he discovers that the apparently empty manor has several rather odd inhabitants.

Starring: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Desi Arnaz Jr., John Carradine, Sheila Keith, Julie Peasgood, Richard Todd, Louise English, Norman Rossington ..
Directed by: Pete Walker
Release date: 1983-06-17
7.

Strange Invaders

3.0
5.5/10 IMDB

Charlie's ex-wife disappears, and he goes to where she grew up--a rural town in the midwest--to look for her. But, surprisingly, nobody knows about her or any of her many relatives, the Newmans. He meets aliens; but when he contacts the FBI, they don't believe him. He tells his story to a tabloid; and suddenly, he is chased by the aliens.

Starring: Paul Le Mat, Nancy Allen, Diana Scarwid, Michael Lerner, Louise Fletcher, Wallace Shawn, Fiona Lewis, Kenneth Tobey, June Lockhart, Charles Lane ..
Directed by: Michael Laughlin
Release date: 1983-09-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : Sherlock Holmes and the Baskerville Curse
8.

Sherlock Holmes and the Baskerville Curse

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

In this animated tale, detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate a cursed family.

Starring: Peter O'Toole ..
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : The Sign of Four
9.

The Sign of Four

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson try to track down the Great Mogul, the second-largest diamond in the world.

Starring: Ian Richardson, David Healy, Thorley Walters, Michael O'Hagan, Cherie Lunghi, Joe Melia, Terence Rigby, Clive Merrison, Richard Heffer, John Benfield ..
Directed by: Desmond Davis
Release date: 1983-12-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1983 : China Rose
10.

China Rose

2.6
5.3/10 IMDB

A man arrives in China to search for his son, whom he hasn't seen in many years. A female American Embassy employee, who knows the country and speaks the language, is assigned to assist him, but soon they run into more trouble than they expected.

Starring: George C. Scott, Ali MacGraw, Michael Biehn, Denis Lill, James Hong, Carolyn Ellis Levine, John Nisbet, Tang Lan Hua ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1983-10-08

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