Preview: Murdoch Mysteries, “I Know What You Did Last Autumn”

Remember “Sir. Sir? Sir!!!,” the Halloween episode of Murdoch Mysteries that was so controversial? An homage to classic horror movies like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, it featured a dire conclusion. Fans either loved it (like me) or hated it.

Here we are again with a Halloween instalment of Murdoch Mysteries. Will it be as galvanizing as “Sir. Sir? Sir!!!” was?

Here’s the synopsis for “I Know What You Did Last Autumn,” written by Simon McNabb and directed by Craig David Wallace:

At Halloween, Murdoch pursues a killer dressed as a clown who is terrorizing romantic, young couples.

And here are some observations by me after previewing the episode.

It begins with the opening credits…
Monday’s episode lets you know this one’s going to be different with a twist to Robert Carli’s theme.

… And gets creepy fast
Like the serial killer genre it is acknowledging, “I Know What You Did Last Autumn” features a mysterious phone call that goes downhill quickly.

A killer costume
Anyone who is disturbed by clowns will be freaked out by this MM creation. The fact the mask looks handmade is all the scarier, in my opinion. Someone took the time to make themselves look this way. Gah. Helping in the investigation is Miss Cherry, who reported on events the previous year when a clown was stalking “teeners.”

Meanwhile, back at the Station House
Watts and several other lads partake in a pumpkin carving contest. Turns out that Watts is much better as a detective than a jack o’ lantern maker. Also? Someone in the MM cast of characters seems to have invented a certain spice we enjoy so much of today.

Murdoch Mysteries airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.


4 thoughts on “Preview: Murdoch Mysteries, “I Know What You Did Last Autumn””

  1. I really appreciate your previews for Murdoch Mysteries, and your other articles and interviews, so I hope you don’t mind me being nitpicky. But “Sir. Sir? Sir!!!” was the Halloween episode for season 12, and there was a Halloween episode during season 13 called “Murdoch and the Cursed Caves”, but none during season 14.

  2. I really liked all the episodes of the show in the style of Halloween. In this episode, a gripping plot with a cute but evil clown, he has a funny mask.
    Julia / Helen Joy is adorable in a chic seductive witch costume, she is the star of this episode and the entire show. As always, even the short scenes of Julia and William’s communication are impressive.
    Of the three Halloween episodes, Murdoch and the Cursed Caves (season 13) deserves the highest rating, but this episode is also very, very good!

  3. Left wing pious screen writers, using officer Watts(involved in his family values, love triangle) to attack pious right wingers. Maybe try sticking to creating & solving crimes, with great acting / sets / costumes / historical figures / comedy /vaudeville etc. included. Thats what Murdoch Mysteries is about & the reason for it’s success. Bet this won’t be posted.

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