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This podcast was recorded during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, the movie being covered here wouldn’t exist.

We don’t have a clue as to why Kenneth Branagh loves making these Hercule Poirot movies so much, but it looks like A Haunting in Venice is turning heads. How about ours? In addition to reviewing the latest Agatha Christie murder mystery adaptation featuring, we also sneak in some random asides and analysis of The Nun II, the latest Conjuring-verse movie starring Taissa Farmiga.

A Haunting in Venice was directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also stars in the movie. The screenplay, by Michael Green, is loosely based on Agatha Christie’s 1969 novel Hallowe’en Party. It’s the third “Herculte Poirot” movie after Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile. The cast includes Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin, Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, Jude Hill, Ali Khan, Emma Laird, Kelly Reilly, Riccardo Scamarcio, and Michelle Yeoh. The movie opened on September 15 through 20th Century Studios and has a 103-minute runtime.

Our intro music this week is “Which One?” by Glimlip & .multibeat.

Synopsis for A Haunting in Venice:

DEATH WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING. Celebrated sleuth Hercule Poirot, now retired and living in self-imposed exile in Venice, reluctantly attends a Halloween 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. [Source: Letterboxd]

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