Film: The Bloody Olive
The Bloody Olive is a 1997 Black Comedy Short Film in style of a classic Film Noir. The film is noted for its Gambit Pileup plot.Christmas Eve, 1951. Werner and Mylène are looking forward to a cosy evening of turkey and presents when the doorbell rings. This is the beginning of a night full of surprises where nothing is what it seems to be.
This film provides examples of:
- Acquired Poison Immunity: Hand Waved by Mylène in a scene towards the end, when she explains to a bystander that she was vaccinated against all types of poisons, which rendered Sam's poison arrow ineffective.
- Black Mail: Sam threatens Werner to expose him of fraud if he doesn't resign and hand him the peculated money.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the last scene, the police officer is looking straight into the camera and directing some words of warning towards the viewer.
- Deliberately Monochrome: For the Film Noir effect.
- Eye Awaken: Sam does this after he is shot down for the first time.
- Failed a Spot Check: No-one takes the time to verify the victim's death.
- Faking the Dead: Becomes a Running Gag.
- Gambit Pileup: There are nine twists altogether.
- Genre Savvy: All three characters survive the murder attacks through preparation or Faking the Dead.
- Insurance Fraud: One of the murder plots involves this.
- Nothing Personal: Stockphrase used by Sam towards Werner.
- Not Quite Dead: All thee murder victims exemplify this, round robin.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Instant murder is the only choice of negotiation.
- Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo: Behind his back, Werner exchanges the poisoned glass of champagne with a glass of sparkling water.
- Poisoned Weapons: Sam's exotic blowpipe.
- Scare Chord: The famous Psycho staccato tune is heard when Sam stabs Werner the first time.
- She Knows Too Much: Sam murders Mylène for witnessing him killing Werner.
- Unwitting Pawn: Every characters was played by another character at some point.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The reason why Mylène murders Sam after latter poisoned Werner.
- Your Cheating Heart: Sam and Mylène pretend to be having an affair at one point.