The Hercule Poirot Horror Film “A Haunting in Venice” Is an Adaptation of an Agatha Christie Halloween Book
A Haunting in Venice, a supernatural-thriller directed by Oscar® winner Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”) and based on Agatha Christie’s novel Hallowe’en Party, sends Hercule Poirot, a famous detective, on a terrible nightmare voyage.
This is Branagh’s first horror film since 1994’s Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, adding a scary layer to his critically praised Hercule Poirot stories. When Oscar-winning directors are making horror films, you know the genre is popular, and it’s always thrilling to see non-horror brands dipping their toes into it. the trailer is below.
A Haunting in Venice was shot at Pinewood Studios south of London and on location in Venice and has a script by Oscar contender Michael Green (“Logan”).
The cast includes 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), Ricardo Scamarico (Caravaggio’s Shadow), and Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once).
On September 15, 2023, A Haunting in Venice will debut in theaters around the country.
The scary mystery A Haunting in Venice, which takes place on All Hallows’ Eve in desolate post-World War II Venice, features the return of Hercule Poirot, the famed detective. Poirot, who is now retired and exiled in the most gorgeous city in the world, grudgingly goes to a séance held in a dilapidated, eerie palazzo. The detective is drawn into a dark, secretive society when one of the guests is murdered.
The score will be written by renowned Icelandic composer Hildur Gunadóttir, who most recently scored TR and Women Talking and is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a Grammy, a BAFTA, and an Emmy for her work on “Chernobyl” and “Joker.”
“This is a fantastic development of the Hercule Poirot character, as well as the Agatha Christie franchise,” adds Kenneth Branagh. It is an incredible opportunity for us as filmmakers, and we are loving the chance to present something truly spine-chilling for our devoted movie viewers. The film is based on a complicated, little-known mystery story set during Halloween in a pictorially stunning city.
“We are incredibly fortunate to continue our long partnership with the incomparable Sir Kenneth Branagh and couldn’t be more excited by the bold new creative direction Ken, Michael, and the rest of the filmmaking team have taken with this latest film,” says Steve Asbell, president of 20th Century Studios. We also wish to express our gratitude to James Prichard and the rest of our friends at Agatha Christie, Ltd. for their cooperation and for once more entrusting us with “probably the greatest detective in the world,” as Poirot modestly refers to himself.
The team of filmmakers behind 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express and 2022’s Death on the Nile returns for the third Christie adaptation from the studios, A Haunting in Venice. They include screenwriter Michael Green, producer Judy Hofflund, executive producers Louise Killin and James Prichard, along with directors Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, and Mark Gordon.