There are no songs from Sondheim but there is a Perkins-like psycho and the aim of the game is to work out who this is.
|Mason, Welch, Hackett, McShane, Cannon and Benjamin|
|Clinton eyes his guests|
Clinton has lured them along by saying he wants them to help make a movie about his late wife… the irony is all on him. The characters gather on the boat and are ushered into their cabins, cracks in each relationship readily apparent.
Clinton has filled his boat with games for all to play but his main recreation will be watching them struggle to untangle each evening’s mystery.
On the first night the party is sent ashore with keys and have to discover the door they open, here they’ll find the clue to one of the crimes and if the person holding that “crime card” finds out first the game is over and they get to keep their secret… or rather their unknown neighbour’s secret.
The second night involves a trip to a deserted monastery which is far more unsettling all round with Clinton having set up tape machines throughout the darkened ruins to freak his guests out. But, whilst this has the desired effect, there is a genuinely shocking development as Clinton is found dead, seemingly crushed beneath a falling column…
Shaken, the guests try to work out what has happened with Tom and Philip leading the investigation. It looks like foul play after they work out that the fatal slab of masonry was from the base of the column and not the top…
This leads to the shocking revelation that Tom’s own wife had been driving the car that killed Sheila… a complete accident from an alcoholic driver but surely she can’t be the killer as well?
There are plenty more twists and turns in this entertaining albeit slightly cheesy story.
|Joan Hackett and Raquel Welch|
Oh and in a shock twist, there is singing, as Bette Midler pops up over the end credits belting out Friends… never had the context for that song: now I understand!
Dusty verdict: Certainly worth keeping for a rainy day when you need something well-crafted but un-demanding!
It’s available on DVD from Amazons but a bit of a collector's item from the looks of it.