While A Haunting in Venice is based upon the novel “Hallowe’en Party” by Agatha Christie don’t count on it being very similar. I waited to read the book until after I saw the movie (I made the mistake of reading Death on the Nile before the movie came out – and was frustrated with all of the differences). From what I know about the book, it has several of the same plot points and most of the same characters, but overall it is very different from the book. This doesn’t bother me overly much, because the book has a lot of dark themes, and deals with killing children. The movie is different on those points.
With all that being said, I LOVED the movie and felt like it was the perfect amount of creepy/scary and mystery. All of the cast was on point and I felt like they strung the watcher along well, not really giving clues away as to who the murderer was until late in the movie. With the apparitions and paintings, as well as the jump scares and overall haunted theme of the movie – I wouldn’t take kids 10 and under for sure – and make sure any kids above that age are okay with scary movies. Read below in the parents guide for anything you think might be too much.
Overall I give it a solid 8/10. I wish that they would stick to the book a little more – but the movie in and of itself is very good and I am looking forward to seeing it again.
A Haunting in Venice Parents Guide
A Haunting in Venice opens in theaters on September 15, 2023
About A Haunting in Venice:
20th Century Studios’ “A Haunting in Venice,” an unsettling supernatural thriller directed by Oscar® winner Kenneth Branagh based upon the novel “Hallowe’en Party” by Agatha Christie, is exclusively in theaters September 15, 2023.
The film stars Branagh as famed detective Hercule Poirot and features a brilliant acting ensemble portraying a cast of unforgettable characters, including Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin, Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, Jude Hill, Ali Khan, Emma Laird, Kelly Reilly, Riccardo Scamarcio, and Michelle Yeoh.
“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, 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.
Reuniting many of the filmmakers behind 2017’s “Murder on the Orient Express” and 2022’s “Death on the Nile,” the film is directed by Kenneth Branagh with a screenplay by Oscar® nominee Michael Green based upon Agatha Christie’s novel “Hallowe’en Party.” The producers are Kenneth Branagh, Judy Hofflund, Ridley Scott, and Simon Kinberg, with Louise Killin, James Prichard, and Mark Gordon serving as executive producers.
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