Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween

I feel sorry for some areas of the country which have gotten something like 5 inches of snow unseasonably early. One shouldn't have to rake leaves and shovel snow at the same time; it's clearly a sign of the end of days. I suspect dressing as a Canadian will be a popular costume this year.

Anyhow, I felt like sharing this with all of you. The Hercule Poirot series has only risen in quality over the years. What started as a series of hour long episodes have turned into mini movies in more recent years. Often they do great justice to the novels they're based though sometimes they do miss the mark. For example "Taken at the Flood" is supposed to be about a murderer taking advantage of a natural disaster. For whatever reason this fact was ignored in the series production. Occasionally they'd improve on the novels though. For example in the novel "Cards on the Table" two of the four main suspects are killed off rather than proven innocent. The series changed this and otherwise stayed fairly true to the novel.

So I present Agatha Christie's "Hallowe'en Party." It's a good mystery. It's one of Christie's ones that can be solved early on if you're paying attention. If you miss the detail that solves it all it will leave you gasping that you missed it. Or at least that's how I felt. The motive though is a little melodramatic, and they don't really play up the macabre aspects of what's going on.