The first trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s latest film, A Haunting in Venice, has just been released, and it looks like the famous detective will be facing a new kind of case. In this movie, Poirot might have to contend with ghosts rather than just murderers. The story revolves around a young girl who died a year before the events of the film. Her mother, assisted by Michelle Yeoh’s character, performs a seance to communicate with her daughter. However, someone is killed during the seance, and Poirot is called in to solve a potentially supernatural case.
The trailer shows a scene where Poirot stands in front of a mirror and sees the dead girl behind him, her hair dripping wet. When he turns around, no one is there. The trailer is selling the supernatural angle hard, which is a departure from the typical Poirot storylines seen in the past.
A Departure from the Original Story
A Haunting in Venice is based on the Agatha Christie novel Hallowe’en Party, which takes place in England. The third Poirot movie that Branagh has directed and starred in, this adaptation bears no significant resemblance to the original story except for the presence of a dead child and Poirot. The novel was not a ghost story, but just another complicated murder mystery. Thus, the name change for the movie.
The movie raises the question of whether this is a supernatural case or a smokescreen for something else. Will Hercule Poirot have to outsmart literal ghosts, or is there something more sinister at play? Audiences will find out when A Haunting in Venice hits theaters in September.
In conclusion, A Haunting in Venice promises to be a thrilling departure from the typical Poirot storyline. With Branagh returning as the famous detective, audiences can expect a supernatural murder mystery with all the twists and turns that come with an Agatha Christie adaptation.