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Friday, September 15, 2023

A HAUNTING IN VENICE (2023) Releases Nationwide in Theaters + Reviews

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Oscar® winning filmmaker Kenneth Branagh's A Haunting in Venice opens in theaters nationwide September 15, 2023. The supernatural horror movie adapts Agatha Christie’s novel Hallowe’en Party and was filmed at Pinewood Studios outside London and on location in Venice.

Set in eerie, post-World War II Venice on All Hallows’ Eve, A Haunting in Venice 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.

Screenplay by Oscar nominee Michael Green (“Logan”) and starring Kenneth Branagh, Kyle Allen (“Rosaline”), Camille Cottin (“Call My Agent”), Jamie Dornan (“Belfast”), Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), Jude Hill (“Belfast”), Ali Khan (“6 Underground”), Emma Laird (“Mayor of Kingstown”), Kelly Reilly (“Yellowstone”), Riccardo Scamarico (“Caravaggio’s Shadow”), and Michelle Yeoh (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”). Featuring score by acclaimed Icelandic composer Hildur Guđnadóttir.

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"Branagh pulls out all the stops in establishing a suitably gothic tone that gives Hercule’s latest turn a classic ghost story feel, cozy and unsettling all at once. Production designer John Paul Kelly adds rich detail and plenty of foreboding shadows. Branagh makes quick work of transforming Hercule Poirot’s usual murder mystery into a grand, sweeping Halloween party. A Haunting in Venice doesn’t break from convention, nor does it plunge fully into horror but looks and feels like a vintage ghost story, complete with nods to Edgar Allan Poe." 3 out of 5, Bloody-Disgusting.com

"A Haunting in Venice is a perfect film for a spooky season with a satisfying ending. With the engaging plot and stellar cast, you’ll subconsciously compete with Poirot and try to solve the case faster than the detective. The movie isn’t only for those who enjoy Agatha Christie’s books and adaptations, but also for those who enjoyed the Rian Johnson films and will never say “no” to a great “whodunnit” story this Halloween season." 4.5 out of 5, DreadCentral.com

“The thrills are there, the jump scares, the intrigue, but whereas modern mysteries like the Knives Out films or See How They Run (2022) (each one owing a great debt to Christie) possess elements that make repeat viewings just as delightful if not moreso, the dourness of Venice may preclude audiences from investing additional time. That said, A Haunting in Venice lives up to the title so well that those looking for some gentler horror may have found something to rotate in during spooky season.” 4 out of 5, ElementsOfMadness.com

“The cinematography and editing play a strong hand in its success, taking great advantage of the set and sound for shocking moments. With Branagh’s Poirot battling the ghosts that lurk behind every corridor, A Haunting in Venice proves to be a better Halloween story than anticipated. Just be prepared to struggle a bit with understanding what’s being said at times.” NightmarishConjurings.com

” …any attempts that A Haunting in Venice makes at connecting post-war trauma to Halloween and the ability to commune with the dead are non-committal, and the script doesn’t do enough to communicate why any of that matters. Mention is made of the belief that the veil between the earthly plane and the spiritual world is thin around Halloween. And because the film is nowhere close to being as evocative as that, it may leave you wishing for Poirot’s next case to be more enticing both in anticipation and actuality.” 2 out of 4, SlantMagazine.com

“Haunting is not nearly as scary (or as otherworldly) as its trailers would suggest, perhaps because this series has a reputation for attracting older viewers. Because I am horror-averse and 83 years old at heart, it’s good news for me there’s only one true horror scene and the spooks elsewhere stay minor, but that may be a disappointment to the demographics the advertising is searching for. ” Zekefilm.org


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