1900’s – 40’s• The first murder mystery films date back to when it was the silent era of the film industry• The most primitive films during this time possessed a degree of mystery e.g. Sherlock Holmes (Which is believed to be cited as the first murder mystery film ever)• Some films during this time would often be shown in separate parts.• Most films that were created in this genre have had books written before hand and then turned into a film e.g. Sherlock Holmes created by Arthur Conan Doyle
1940’s – 50’s• During this time murder mystery films grew darker and became more violent.• The detectives in these films would be just as ruthless as the cold-hearted criminals they chased.• During World War II if you wanted to watch something you’d have to go to the nearby cinema in order to watch something or if you didn’t go then you’d have to stay at home and listen to it on the radio.• Sometimes in certain films a man gets poisoned and he only has limited amount of time to try and figure out who poisoned him.
1960’s -70’s• Films of this era were based on classic films that had already been produced .• They fall into three categories: Modern updates of novels and old films, atmospheric period piece films which have been set in the 30’s and 40’s and new contemporary detective stories that pay homage to the past.• The New Modern wave began in the era some films set in a futuristic type scene based around science fiction books• Using Amnesia in these films would have been used as a central plot device, here the person who has this is out to try and remember his pre-existing memories from an incident that happened
1980’s – the present• In the early 80’s neo-noir came out inspired by the moody, fatalistic film noir crime dramas that occurred during the 40’s• The more complex murder mysteries would often involve more use of the military• In the 1990’s Pyscho-noir movies emerged which was a blend of mystery, suspense and horror and it main centered around sophisticated serial killers
1980’s – the present continued• L.A. police detective stories returned after they were first shot in 40’s/50’s, but they came with a more harder edge and contemporary sensibility that references current issues.• Some films that were made in this time would normally be set around about the 1930’s – 1950’s.