During a village's Hallowe'en party, a young girl boasts of having witnessed a murder from years before. No one believes her tale until her body is found later on in the evening, drowned in the apple-bobbing bucket.
When Ariadne Oliver and her friend, Judith Butler, attend a children's Halloween party in the village of Woodleigh Common, a young girl named Joyce Reynolds boasts of having witnessed a murder from years before. Joyce's story is heard by all the party, including her strange brother Leopold, the impeccable hostess Rowena Drake, her bookish son Edmund, and the local Reverend Cottrell. Mrs Whittaker, the church organist, and Frances Drake, Rowena's feisty daughter, are dismissive of her story, but later that evening Joyce's lifeless body is discovered face-down in the apple-bobbing bucket. At Mrs Oliver's behest, Poirot travels down to Woodleigh Common to investigate the murder. Although the local police and Joyce's stepmother dismiss the dead girl's claim, Poirot takes Joyce's story seriously. Mrs Goodbody, a gossiping charwoman, tells Poirot there have been a number of suspicious deaths in the village in recent years which Joyce could indeed have witnessed, and that old curses still ... Written by
The soundtrack music over the closing credits is an arrangement of the Poirot theme incorporating a violin line strongly reminiscent of Saint-Saëns' 'Danse Macabre', which viewers may recognize as also being the theme music used for the series Jonathan Creek (1997). See more »
It doesn't have to be a masterpiece, Ariadne.
No, no. Better take my time. Last one looked like it had had its throat cut.
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What a joy it was to find out that we were going to get 3 new Poirots this summer (where I live in the US, at least). I just finished watching the third one, and they did not disappoint. There was plenty of what I love about them: intricate plots, beautiful cinematography, and superb acting. Hallowe'en Party is, in my opinion, one of the better recent Poirot adaptations. Much better than the dreary MOTOE, for example. The story moves along nicely, and the whole thing is visually appealing. Once again the acting is wonderful; Suchet is spot on, as always. I thought the solution was a bit complex; how Poirot was supposed to figure all that out with the facts he had is beyond me, but it's fun watching him get there nonetheless. So, except for some totally superfluous sermonizing by the gay character, HP was a pleasure to watch.
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