The Art of Dying (1990)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Police Detective Film  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Wings Hauser both stars in and directs The Art of Dying. Hauser plays Jack, a vice cop who tries to unravel the mystery behind a series of murders in which each of the corpses has been found with stage makeup on its face. Turns out that the killer is Roscoe (Gary Werntz), a demented movie-maker whose overwhelming desire for realism has resulted in a variety of horrible deaths for his unwary actors. Each victim is dispatched in a manner evoking a famous film: one is killed in the shower, another dies while playing Russian Roulette a la The Deer Hunter, and so forth.

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conflict, corruption, depression, detective, evidence, father, incrimination, investigation, investigator, killing, milquetoast, missing-person, murder, parent, paternity, politician, runaway [from home], serial-killer, shoot-out, slasher, son, teenagers