Dae-Su holds a hammer above his head in an iconic scene from the 2003 Korean film Oldboy.

The Allure of Crime Subgenres

Exploring crime subgenres is like shopping for paint. Right when you think it’s all black and white, you find a whole new world of Inkwell and Iron Ore, Snowbound and Eggshell. There’s an endless universe of infinite subgenre possibilities, often with subgenres changing as the story moves from one character arc to another.
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Don Fanucci Walks the Streets of Little Italy in The Godfather II.

The Score: 3 Ways Music Helps Make a Memorable Crime Movie Moment (Warning: Graphic Images)

Don Fanucci walks the crowded streets of Little Italy. The parade marches. Prophetically ominous horns play a powerful refrain, setting the stage for one of the most iconic murders in cinema history. A perfect example of how music can make a crime movie moment infinitely more memorable. But how exactly do crime films do it? Let’s look at the three most popular ways.
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