Masterpiece Mystery just aired Hallowe’en Party, the final Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot Series 6 movie. The series also includes Three Act Tragedy, and The Clocks . As part of the Cool Down with AC read/watch-along, I will be watching the Miss Marple mystery, A Pale Horse next weekend, and I hope you will be joining in. If you missed the movie last night on PBS, make sure you catch it while it’s available to view online!
In Hallowe’en Party, a teenager confesses that she had been a witness to a murder years ago when she was a girl. The girl is unpopular and though no one believes her, she still turns up dead in the apple bobbing basin before the party has ended.
This is definitely the darkest Poirot movie that I have seen. I watched the movie with my aunt and mother and both seem disturbed by the death of the children. I was a bit surprised that they showed the murder of Joyce, and relieved that they didn’t show the death of her brother – although they did show other deaths. There were also prominently placed references to social issues, like homosexuality and single parenthood, which were probably more troubling in Agatha Christie’s day. I admit that I had a bit of a WTF moment when Joyce’s friend revealed why she hadn’t told anyone about the murder. Did that make sense to anyone else?
I didn’t guess the killer or the motives with this one, but it is the movie that I enjoyed the most. This time I watched the movie first and will follow-up reading the story at a later date, so I had absolutely nothing to go on. I also watched this one with subtitles on toward the end – David Suchet tends to go down at the end of his sentences and plays Poirot very soft-spoken in general. I had not idea what he was saying for most of the movie, and wish I had thought to put the closed captioning on earlier. I will definitely do that if I encounter the problem with Miss Marple!
The discussion throughout this week, so check back and leave any questions that you have in the comments.
This is the last of the movies in Season 6. Compare and contrast each of the films (Three Act Tragedy, The Clocks, and Hallowe’en Party? Which most closely resembled the books or your own personal vision of Poirot? Now that we have seen all three, which is your favorite?
Have you read the book and the movie? Which one did you like better? Did you get the feeling that one was more effective than the other at telling the story? What worked for you and what didn’t?
This plot around this movie involved the death of the child – did it affect the way Poirot felt or the way that he went about solving the crime. Were you satisfied with the action that he took in solving the crime?
Did you guess either the killer or the motive before the reveal in the movie? What tipped you off? Were there clues you picked up along the way, or did you know what to look for based on prior experience with the book?
Participants in this week’s discussion will be eligible to win a dvd copy of The Pale Horse and an assorted goody bag with some of my favorite Christie novels. If you have something to add to the discussion, don’t be shy!