Wednesday 10 July 2024


A Haunting in Venice Certificate 13A

Runtime: 103 mins

A Haunting in Venice

A Haunting in Venice is a 2023 American mystery film produced and directed by Kenneth Branagh from a screenplay by Michael Green, loosely based on the 1969 Agatha Christie novel Hallowe’en Party. It serves as a sequel to Death on the Nile (2022) and is the third film in which Branagh reprises his role as the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The ensemble cast includes Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin, Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, Jude Hill, Ali Khan, Emma Laird, Kelly Reilly, Riccardo Scamarcio, and Michelle Yeoh.
In 1947, Hercule Poirot has retired to Venice, having lost his faith in God and humanity, with ex-police officer Vitale Portfoglio as his bodyguard. Mystery writer Ariadne Oliver persuades Poirot to attend a Halloween party and séance at the palazzo of famed opera singer Rowena Drake, wishing to expose Joyce Reynolds—a World War I army nurse turned medium—as a fraud. The palazzo, a former orphanage, is believed to be haunted by the spirits of orphaned children who were locked up and abandoned to die there during a city-wide plague; rumours claim that the spirits torment any nurses and doctors who dare enter.
Rowena has hired Joyce to commune with her daughter Alicia, who committed suicide after Alicia’s fiancé, chef Maxime Gerard, ended their engagement. Among the guests are Rowena’s housekeeper Olga Seminoff, Drake family doctor Leslie Ferrier and his son Leopold, and Joyce’s Romani assistant Desdemona Holland; they are joined by Maxime right before the séance, and during it Poirot reveals Desdemona’s half-brother Nicholas—and Joyce’s second assistant—hiding in the chimney. Joyce suddenly speaks in Alicia’s voice, saying that one of the guests murdered her. Poirot confronts Joyce, who insists he lighten up, gives him her mask and robe, and cryptically says they will not meet again. Seconds later, an unknown assailant nearly drowns Poirot when he is apple bobbing, while Joyce falls from an upper story and is impaled on a courtyard statue.


  • Adult Ticket: £6.00
  • Under 16's: £4.00

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