Nancy Drew & the Mystery of the Haunted Body

Marusya Bociurkiw

1999, 45:00 minutes, colour, English


Flashlight forever in hand, Nancy Drew is the brash girl-detective in a girls' mystery book series produced form the 1930s to the present day. Nancy Drew & the Mystery of the Haunted Body rewrites the genre.

Written in the feverish, multi-plot style of a Nancy Drew mystery, the story is set in the bland town of Riverdale Heights, where Nancy works as researcher by day, detective by night. One day, she gets called in by her boss, Doctor D. Nial at the Psychology Institute (a front for the False Memory Institute). A researcher was killed, his papers stolen. Nancy must find them: they are Freud's original writings about the discovery of traumatic memory in his female clients. The plot thickens. The mysteries pile up. A Mannish Academic has her research ripped off; Nancy suspects a link with Freud when Mannish Academic shows Nancy the Incest Survivors' Hall of Fame, where Roseanne and the Dionne Quintuplets whisper clues. A racy sexual encounter with a feminist therapist, an appearance on a TV talk show, and a showdown with Dr. D. Nial follow. Wacky special effects by video whiz Shawn Chappelle and noir-ish soundscape by audio artist Peter Courtemanche create a topsy turvy mood, like going back to the 1950s with all your 90s irony intact.

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