Poirot returns in spooky trailer for ‘A Haunting in Venice’ movie

The first footage has been unveiled for Kenneth Branagh’s next Poirot film!

Set in post-World War II on All Hallows’ Eve, A Haunting in Venice adapts Agatha Christie’s 1969 book Hallowe’en Party.

The “unsettling supernatural thriller” follows Branagh’s previous two Christie adaptations in 2017 and 2022.

Playing famed detective Hercule Poirot for the third time, the British filmmaker and actor also returns as director once again.

Branagh has described the new franchise’s latest instalment as “a fantastic development of the character.”

“Based on a complex, little known tale of mystery set at Halloween in a pictorially ravishing city, it is an amazing opportunity for us, as filmmakers,” he previously teased. “We are relishing the chance to deliver something truly spine-chilling for our loyal movie audiences.”

Well, it looks like he wasn’t lying about it being spine-chilling!

Watch the eerie teaser trailer here:

It’s certainly a tonal shift from Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile, embracing a Gothic horror vibe for A Haunting in Venice with its dark, candle-lit atmosphere.

Viewers on YouTube have called the trailer “shockingly suspenseful” and a “fresh, fun, imaginative take,” with one fan writing: “This looks great, love the horror tone.”

“It is so amazing to see them dip this series into a bit of psychological horror,” another wrote.

The two-minute preview also gives us our first look at the film’s brilliant ensemble cast, which includes Oscar-winning Everything Everywhere All at Once star Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Dornan (Belfast), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Jude Hill (Belfast), and Camille Cottin (Call My Agent).

They’re joined by Kyle Allen (Rosaline), Ali Khan (6 Underground), Emma Laird (Mayor of Kingstown), Kelly Reilly (Yellowstone), and Riccardo Scamarcio (Caravaggio’s Shadow).

A Haunting in Venice is a terrifying mystery featuring the return of the celebrated sleuth, Hercule Poirot,” the official synopsis reveals.

“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.”

A Haunting in Venice will be released in cinemas this autumn on Friday 15th September.

If Kenneth Branagh’s Poirot adaptations aren’t your cup of tea, don’t worry, as BritBox has three more Agatha Christie adaptations in the pipeline.

A new two-part adaptation of Murder is Easy also begins filming for the BBC soon.

And there’s a TV series about Christie’s famous 11-day disappearance coming too!

Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.