A Haunting In Venice (2023) Movie: A Halloween Party Gone Wrong

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A Haunting In Venice movie is about a Halloween Party which has gone wrong. Once again, the ace Belgian detective Hercule Poirot solves a bunch of murders using his intelligence.

This unsettling supernatural thriller movie is loosely based on the 1969 murder mystery novel ‘Hallowe’en Party‘ by Agatha Christie, with the setting changed from the UK to Venice, Italy. In addition, one can look forward to the sighting of the ghost in it. In a homage to the “Queen of Crime’, this film was released on September 15, 2023, Dame Agatha Christie’s 133rd birthday.

Synopsis [official summary] of A Haunting In Venice (2023) movie

“A Haunting in Venice” is set in eerie, post-World War II Venice on All Hallows’ Eve and is a terrifying mystery featuring the return of the celebrated sleuth, Kenneth Branagh (Hercule Poirot). Now retired and living in self-imposed exile in the world’s most glamorous city, Poirot reluctantly attends a séance at a decaying, haunted palazzo.

When one of the guests is murdered, the detective is thrust into a sinister world of shadows and secrets. Now, it is up to the former detective to once again uncover the killer.

Spoiler Free Review of A Haunting In Venice (2023) movie

Kenneth Branagh brings his third movie inspired by Agatha Christie’s novels

So, far, the well-known movie director and actor Kenneth Branagh has given us three movies inspired by Agatha Christie’s novels. The first one was “Murder On The Orient Express” (2017) and the second one was “Death On The Nile” (2022). Finally, the third one is A Haunting In Venice (2023).

It is worth noting that all three films are directed by Kenneth Branagh with a screenplay by Michael Green based on Agatha Christie’s novels. Moreover, the actor Kenneth Branagh plays the protagonist – the famed detective Hercule Poirot in all of these movies. We have seen and liked all three movies. Both Kenneth and Michael have done a good job of reinterpretation and reimagining the classical books of Agatha Christie into the movies.

Boast of a star-studded ensemble cast members

One of the good things about these three movies is that all of them boast star-studded ensemble cast members. And, once again, Kenneth Branagh (Hercule Poirot) leads the pack of hugely talented group of actors. Some of the well-known names are Tina Fey (Ariadne Oliver), Camille Cottin (Olga Seminoff), Kelly Reilly (Rowena Drake), Jamie Dornan (Dr Leslie Ferrier), Michelle Yeoh (Mrs Joyce Reynolds), Jude Hill (Leopold Ferrier), Emma Laird (Desdemona Holland), etc. All of them have performed well to keep us hooked on this murder mystery movie.

As usual, Kenneth Branagh’s third outing as Hercule Poirot seems natural now. He has grown and fitted right into the big shoes of the world-famous Belgian detective.

Both Tina Fey and Michelle Yeoh add their wit and charm

This time, Tina Fey joins the fun, as she is his friend from the distant past. We liked their on-screen banter. They are simply buddies. In fact, this is a dark murder mystery film. Therefore, this film is the first on-screen film or television credit for Tina Fey which is not a comedy.

Bonus info.:- In the opeing scenes of the film, Ariadne Oliver (Tina Fey) says she and Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) met on the Canning Street murder case. 

It is worth noting that Tina Fey plays Cinda Canning on the whodunit murder mystery series "Only Murders in the Building."

Not to forget the brief encounter and interesting chit-chat between the spiritual (ghost) believer, the medium Michelle Yeoh and the non-believer Kenneth Branagh characters.

Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh): I must tell you, Madam, I have been all my life uncharmed by your kind.

Mrs Reynolds (Michelle Yeoh): My kind?

Hercule Poirot: Opportunists who prey on the vulnerable.

Mrs Reynolds: You don't believe in the soul's endurance after death.

Hercule Poirot: I have lost my faith.

Mrs Reynolds: How sad for you.

Hercule Poirot: Yes, it is most sad. The truth is sad.

We enjoyed watching Branagh, Fey and Yeoh in this film.

What we did not like in this film

The medium played by Michelle Yeoh (Mrs Joyce Reynolds) conducts séance with the help of her two assistants – Emma Laird (Desdemona Holland) and Ali Khan (Nicholas Holland). We are further informed in this film that these two assistants are the sister and brother of Hungry. However, neither their first names are not Hungarian nor their accent is not Hungarian. We wish they could have come up with better backstories for them. Still, not to be too fussy, one can overlook this aspect.

What else, well we liked – its direction, music, set design, cinematography, etc

In any successful horror movie, its haunting music, eerie cinematography and spooky set design play a very important role. Besides, its music was top-class.

Bonus info.:- Hildur Guðnadóttir agreed to compose the film's score partly because her mother was an avid reader of Dame Agatha Christie.

Also, the setting of the decaying palazzo in the city of Venice was almost a perfect setting. The cinematographical shots in the movie added to the suspense and mystery in the film.

Furthermore, we read somewhere that while donning the director’s hat, Kenneth Branagh used a bunch of surprise techniques to get the right kind of reactions from the actors.

For example, while filming the horror-filled seance scene in the film. he asked the technical department to cause a few surprises for the cast. So, they introduced the gusts of wind without a warning, then they slammed the doors on the sets and even switched off the lights suddenly. They did so, without warning any of the actors. As a result, they caused genuine confusion among the actors. No wonder, for the perfect movie shot, they not only managed to scare the actors but also captured their stunned reactions.

“It scared the bejesus out of me.”

Kelly Reilly (she confirmed filming it was a terrifying experience)

The conclusion

We praise Sir Kenneth Branagh for giving us his modern-day interpretations of the classic murder mystery novels of Dame Agatha Christie. Especially, these days, in the age of IT and AI, we long for those simpler times. Thankfully, his movies take us into the world of the Orient Express, Nile, and Venice of the past. No wonder, we liked the third movie too. And now we eagerly look forward to watching more adaptations of her novels in the future by his team.

Rating of this 2023 movie based on Agatha Christie’s book

FM’s rating3.85/5
FM’s short commentsThis well-made murder mystery boasts a quality ensemble star cast led by Kenneth Branagh, Tina Fey, Camille Cottin, Kelly Reilly, Jamie Dornan, Michelle Yeoh, Jude Hill, etc. It is a slow-burning but engrossing murder mystery, with a touch of horror elements. We liked this entertaining film.
Rating of A Haunting In Venice (2023) movie.

Spoilers Alert from this 2023 movie based on Agatha Christie’s book

What was the body count of the dead people in this film?

Well, the total body count of the dead people in this film was four (4), which includes the unsolved murder of Alicia Drake, the daughter of Rowena Drake.

The first person to be murdered was Ms. Alicia Drake (Rowan Robinson).

The second victim was Mrs Joyce Reynolds (Michelle Yeoh).

The third person, who was forced to take his life was Dr Leslie Ferrier (Jamie Dornan).

Lastly, the fourth person to have died was Mrs Rowena Drake (Kelly Reilly).

Please note:- we are not disclosing as to how and why they died. Because we do not wish to completely ruin this murder mystery movie for you all.
Who was the murderer in this film?

Allow us to share the following important dialogues, which might allow you all to guess the identity of the murderer in this film.

Leopold Ferrier: [distraught at Rowena] You Killed My Dad...

(He is talking about the death of Dr Leslie Ferrier)
Maxime Gerard: [outraged at learning Alicia's true fate] You Took Her From Me?

(He is talking about the death of Alicia Drake)

Rowena Drake: [venomously] To Keep (Her) Away From (You)!
Rowena Drake: [Poirot reveals her guilt in her daughter's death] How Dare You?

(Take a brief pause and then she moves away)

Rowena Drake: [justifying her actions to Poirot] I Couldn't Let Her Go... She Was My Whole World

[lighting flash reveals Alicia (ghost) standing behind her in front of Poirot]

We have shared enough explicit hints here about the identity of the killer. So, we hope that your detective senses have guessed the right answer.

Poster of this 2023 movie based on Agatha Christie’s book

A Haunting In Venice (2023) Movie Poster
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Key details about this 2023 movie based on Agatha Christie’s book

GenreMystery, Thriller, Drama, Crime, Horror
Original languageEnglish
Released inSeptember-October, 2023
Duration1 hour 43 minutes
WriterMichael Green & Agatha Christie
DirectorKenneth Branagh
CastKenneth Branagh (Hercule Poirot), Tina Fey (Ariadne Oliver), Camille Cottin (Olga Seminoff), Riccardo Scamarcio (Vitale Portfoglio), Kelly Reilly (Rowena Drake), Jamie Dornan (Dr Leslie Ferrier), Michelle Yeoh (Mrs Joyce Reynolds), Jude Hill (Leopold Ferrier), Emma Laird (Desdemona Holland), Ali Khan (Nicholas Holland), Kyle Allen (Maxime Gerard), Rowan Robinson (Alicia Drake), etc.
AwardHollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) – 2023 Winner HMMA Award Best Original Score – Horror/Thriller Film – Hildur Guðnadóttir
TaglinesDeath is just the beginning.
Distributor20th Century Studios.
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