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22nd Nov 2023

Disney+ has just added one of 2023’s spookiest movies

Stephen Porzio

Haunting in Venice

Boasting an all-star cast, it’s widely considered the best movie in its franchise.

Disney+ has just added A Haunting in Venice to its Ireland and UK library, the spooky third entry in director Kenneth Branagh’s series of Agatha Christie adaptations.

A follow-up to 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express and 2022’s Death on the Nile, Branagh also stars in the franchise as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot – with this latest sequel adapting Christie’s novel Hallowe’en Party but shifting the action to the titular Italian city.

The plot synopsis reads:

“A Haunting in Venice is set in eerie, post-World War II Venice on All Hallows’ Eve and 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.”

Also featuring amongst its ensemble cast Camille Cottin, Jamie Dornan, Jude Hill, Kelly Reilly, Michelle Yeoh and Tina Fey, A Haunting in Venice stands out from Branagh’s previous adaptations of Christie’s work thanks to the possible supernatural elements of its story and the movie’s strong horror tone.

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Kenneth Branagh in A Haunting in Venice

This surprise shake-up to the franchise was well-received, with the sequel earning much better reviews then its predecessors.

Praising the film’s style and tone, JOE said in its review of A Haunting in Venice upon its release:

“Likely sensing the already waining interest in the brand, director and leading man Kenneth Branagh has done something quite unique with A Haunting In Venice, and has pitched the murder-mystery sequel in the middle of a new genre, bringing in a supernatural element to proceedings.

“Ironically, the threat of the undead actually zips some life into this third go-around for Branagh’s take on the stories of Hercules Poirot.”

a haunting in veniceDisney+ has just added one of 2023’s spookiest movies – A Haunting in Venice

Meanwhile, here is a sample of some other positive reviews of the movie.

FilmWeek: “There is a specter of trauma that hangs over the whole movie, turning it from a good classic detective story into something more ghostly and spiritual.”

Inverse: “With the moody, borderline gothic Haunting in Venice, Branagh and screenwriter Michael Green add a little haunted house horror into the murder mystery, while retaining the satisfying joys of seeing Poirot solve the case.”

New Yorker: “Branagh’s film has the charm of ridiculous excess: stylistic flourishes are piled high into a treasury of gothic camp, and the camera is tilted, regardless of provocation, at the most alarming angles.” “A Haunting in Venice is the best of Kenneth Branagh’s Hercule Poirot movies. It’s also one of Branagh’s best, period.”

Times (UK): “A Haunting in Venice knows exactly what it’s doing. More Christie, played by A-listers having fun in a cosy-as-a-cushion, teatime ITV-drama-on-the-big-screen way — catering for a cinema audience left behind by superheroes.”

Vulture: “I hope [Branagh] makes ten more of these.”

A Haunting in Venice is streaming on Disney+ in Ireland and the UK. Check out its trailer right here:

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