Quite A Horror Story: Agatha Christie’s Poirot Hallowe’en Party (2011)

She is…a teller of the tall tales, a boaster, a little liar. So when she claims to have witnessed the murder, nobody believes her. And yet, she is… dead. 

So this was a film done by the BBC based on Agatha Christie’s novel, Hallowe’en Party. I think David Suchet is a perfect Poirot, as he looks just the way I always imagined Poirot to look like. However, something I don’t like about the modern retellings, is that  they tend to change a lot of the plot lines of the novel, and usually not for the better (Third Girl was awful. They didn’t use the best twist from the book). Rarely do I watch the film version before reading the book, which I did here, so I didn’t have the same unpleasantness as seeing them change plot lines that I thought were crucial in the book.

So the film starts out with Poirot’s friend, and mystery writer extraordinaire, Ariadne Oliver helping with a children’s Halloween party. All the kids are playing around, laughing, bobbing for apples, eating candy, etc. A little girl named Joyce starts talking to Oliver, telling her that she once witnessed a murder. Everyone makes fun of her, teasing and insulting her as she tends to always tell “tall tales”. No one believes her.

Later the children are all playing snapdragon, which they make sound so creepy. Instead of playing background music throughout the film, they play the children’s voices chanting the song in unison. It is as creepy as The Crucible scene when the girls are all “possessed”.

After the game is done, they are rounding up the children and discover Joyce missing. She is found drowned in a bucket that was used for bobbing for apples.

Oliver wastes no time at all, but immediately calls in Poirot to solve the case.

Poirot immediately looks into which murders in the town are unsolved, to see which ones have the potential to be the one Joyce saw. Many try to discourage him from doing so, telling him that Joyce was a liar and a storyteller. She did it to feel important and show off. Poirot is firmly decided that whether or not Joyce was telling the truth, someone out there is guilty of murder and thinks Joyce was a witness.

The possibilities of who Joyce might have seen are Mrs. Llewellyn-Smythe, the aunt of Rowena Drake’s late husband, apparently died of a heart attack. Her death is suspicious because of her will, it said that her au pair was to inherit everything over the family. Authorities believe that it was faked by the au pair, Olga Seminoff, who mysteriously disappeared after the forgery was discovered. Other candidates for murder involve Charlotte Benfield, a sixteen-year-old shop assistant found dead of multiple head injuries; Lesley Ferrier, a lawyer’s clerk who was stabbed in the back; and Janet White, a schoolteacher who was strangled.

Which one is the murder Joyce saw? Who committed it? Did Joyce even see a murder occur? Just like The Bad SeedThe Cabinet of Dr. Caligariand The Secret Window, this is one you have to check out for yourself and see where the truth lies.

The only thing I don’t like about this film, is the fact that Poirot disapproves of those who take enjoyment in such a holiday as Halloween. He thinks the macabre is not something you should be so joyous about. Well, I don’t; I love watching horror movies and getting into Halloween. That’s why I did my 31 Tales of Terror and Woe. In fact today marks 11 days left to Halloween! 😀

Here’s today’s scary post. More to come!

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For more on murder, go to Camp Blood

For more on Masterpiece Theater, go to A Hunky Helping of Manwich

For more on Halloween parties, go to A River of Candy Corn Runs Through It

For more film adaptions of books, go to I Bid You Welcome

For more on bobbing for apples, go to A Halloween Hello from the Austen Men

They’re Here: Poltergeist (1982)

They’re Here!

So I’ve never actually seen the film Poltergeist. I’ve only ever seen this part of the film.One time I tried to watch the first one. but my mother wouldn’t let me; she said it was too scary for me. I haven’t gotten around to watching it, but maybe I will this October. It looks really good though.

The part I did see, as you yourself can watch the clip, is pretty creepy. How calm the girl is, is just freeeeeaaaaaaky.

Anyways, so recently our TV has been acting really strange, and every time it freaks out it makes me think of that scene.

The other day I turned off the TV and walked five steps away, when I could hear this talking noise, I turned around and the TV had turned itself back on. I thought it was really creepy, but just shrugged it off. I turned the TV off and watched it making sure it was off.

A few days later I was watching TV, but had to go and do something else so I picked up the remote and turned it off. My roommate came out of our room and started to say something to me, when the TV turned itself back on, and my cellphone started going off. Immediately my friend and I looked at each other

 “Poltergeist!”

It was really strange, but we both laughed and once again didn’t think much of it.

A few days ago I decided I would stop using the remote and turn it off by hand, pressing the power button, to completely turn it off. I knew that there would be no way that it wouldn’t work this time.

I went and turned the TV off by hand and smugly walked back to me room. I knew I could outsmart the dumb electronic. I was almost in my room when I heard voices.

I turn around and the TV turned itself on. I went and turned it off again, stepped back from it and it turned itself on AGAIN!

I don’t really believe in poltergeists, but I don’t know what’s going on with our TV. It is acting pretty freaky.

Happy Terror Tuesday from our evil TV! More terror to come!

Here is a poster I made for my facebook cover page for my Halloween countdown

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