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Japp swaggered on to the scene, overcoat flapping, contemptuous of Poirot's amateur practices
David Suchet takes his final bow as Agatha Christie's elegant, mincing, language-mangling private detective Poirot on ITV on Wednesday. Suchet has been widely and rightly saluted. Less has been said of his entourage: Hugh Fraser as his associate Captain 'Astings, Pauline Moran as his faithful secretary, and Philip Jackson as his Scotland Yard counterpart Chief Inspector Japp – all brought back in this final series. The captain was always a pallid character. Not so Japp, who would swagger on to the scene, overcoat flapping, contemptuous of Poirot's amateur practices, and, declaring the case to be simple, would unerringly pick out some innocent soul to clap into jail. His success rate series by series must have run roughly level with that of Sherlock Holmes's sparring partner Lestrade. Mercifully, he's not lost altogether: all four will »
Reviewed By Matt Blythe, MoreHorror.com
The Woman in Black (1989) is one of those made for TV horror movies that although lacks the shine of a theatrical production manages to create a truly fearful atmosphere and deliver lasting chills. I’m thinking of the likes of It and Salem’s Lot – not perfect films by any means but they managed to scare the crap out of unsuspecting audiences when first beamed into family homes.
As you may have seen in the more recent adaption of the same novel by Susan Hill, The Woman in Black is a haunted house tale in which solicitor and bereaved young father, Arthur Kidd, travels to a bleak English coastal town to clear-up the estate of recently deceased Alice Drablow. She lived a long and miserable life cut-off from local folk, surrounded by marshland, in a decrepit mansion called Eel Marsh House. Kidd quickly discovers »
2 items from 2013
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