– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express may be the movie that’s getting all the big blockbuster-like buzz, but it’s not the only Agatha Christie novel getting a feature adaptation. Also joining it is Agatha Christie’s Crooked House from French director Gilles Paquet-Brenner.

This distinctly lower profile film just had a trailer drop from Yahoo! Movies, and while it doesn’t necessarily have the same sense of grandeur as Murder on the Orient Express, it certainly does have a lot going for it — at least based on this strong trailer, which wonderfully brings the dark tension one comes to expect from an Agatha Christie story.

Crooked House is based on the novel of the same name, and the synopsis is as follows:

“The Leonides are one big happy family living in a sprawling, ramshackle mansion. That is until the head of the household, Aristide, is murdered with a fatal barbiturate injection.

Suspicion naturally falls on the old man’s young widow, fifty years his junior. But the murderer has reckoned without the tenacity of Charles Hayward, fiancé of the late millionaire’s granddaughter.”

As you can see, this is a classic whodunnit tale, though one that feels like a solid mix between Murder and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The film stars Max Irons, Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson and Christina Hendrix and is set to hit VOD on November 21 and cinemas on December 22.

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SOURCE: Yahoo! Movies

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.