Blood Simple (Joel & Ethan Coen, USA, 1984)

As black, sinful and nasty as a week full of Hitchcocks, this is as fresh and intoxicating now as it was back then. In a word: deadly.
— Ian Nathan, Empire

The Coen’s first film is a terrific neo-noir. M. Emmett Walsh plays Visser, an unscrupulous private eye hired by Texas bar owner Marty (Dan Hedaya) to murder Marty's faithless wife Abby (Frances McDormand) and her paramour, Ray (John Getz), one of Marty's employees. Inevitably, things do not go quite as planned.