Final Cut - An Interactive Murder Mystery Game

Susan Haley

Published by Haley Productions

Director Eddie Cheek is looking for backers for his new movie, The Zombie Was An Alien, so he's throwing a gala shindig for interested parties

During which a murder occurs!

There are 6 PRIMARY SUSPECTS (these are the characters who will have full knowledge of the mystery - you'll give them each a complete script):

Eddie Cheek: A former script reader for Tantamount Films, now a director (and legend in his own mind). His hero is B movie director Ed Wood, Jr.

Cherri Pitt: She has the female lead of Kat Klondike in Eddie's picture. It doesn't matter how she got it, she just has it. For now.

Nova Devoe: She wants the lead and she always gets what she wants

Rock Stud: The male lead in Zombie. He hasn't had much work since his television series, Sky Fling, Pilot PI, so this job is a welcome one. He and Cherri are a hot item

Quinnie Winston: He's the make up artist and a supporting actor in all of Eddie's movies. They met literally by accident

Billie Clubb: A casting agent who's working with Eddie to cast this picture. Word has it her company is going bankrupt so this job is important to her

SECONDARY SUSPECTS (Optional. Remember, EVERYONE will be actively involved in this mystery because it will be their job to solve the case and because you'll be encouraging them to come in costume and in character. Use any and all of these secondary suspects if you have "extra" cast members you want to use. You will NOT give them a script but you will give them a description of their character and let them run with it):

Dan Druff: Nova's go-fer, assistant, secretary, manservant and chauffeur. Nova's very demanding of him

Henny Loggersnapper: The frazzled and frumpish but devoted script supervisor at Eddie's beck and call

Chance Heartfelt: The set designer and prop master. He can work wonders making alien spaceships with crazy glue and paper plates

Edith Header: The eccentric but brilliant costume designer

Dr Willie: Rock's therapist - he's on Rock's payroll and therefore goes wherever Rock wants him to to be available for counseling. Dr. Willie should be at the ready to expound on the meaning of Rock's behavior and everyone else's for that matter

These audience-participatory Murder Mysteries are distinctive in that everything from arguments to clues to the actual murders happens in the middle of the audience enabling them to participate and witness every action first hand. None of the dialogue is scripted - it's all improvised - the role of the guests is to actively solve the case by asking the suspects questions, following them, eavesdropping on their conversations, and so on - whatever it takes to discover whodunit

NUMBER OF PLAYERS - Up to 125 plus the Primary Suspects (your cast)

LENGTH OF MYSTERY - Approximately 2 hours

HOW IT WORKS: You'll need to provide 6-8 people willing to take part in the mystery as the primary suspects, victim(s), detective and killer (see below). They'll have full knowledge of the script, which means they'll know "whodunit". The rest of your guests will take on the role of Detective and it will be their job to solve the case. Everyone, therefore, will have a crucial part in the mystery. The game lasts about 1 ½ to 2 hours but you can, of course, make it longer by allowing more time between the scenes/action

Your guest actors won't have to memorize a lot of dialogue but they will have to be familiar with a sequence of events or timeline that will move the mystery through the clues, the murder(s) and the solving of the crime. They'll also have to carry out certain actions (like arguments) and suspicious activities to set themselves up as Primary Suspects

NB - This type of mystery game is geared towards groups of 15 or more. All scripts are rated PG-13, contain adult themes and may not be suitable for children


Upon arrival, the guests receive a program that will be a guideline for the mystery (included in this package). The primary suspects start to mingle in character, usually during the reception, and begin setting up the mystery with clues, arguments, gossip, that sort of thing. Just about the time the first course is served, the guests witness the (1st) murder. The mystery continues to unfold with more dramatic action and more clues that will lead to the mystery's conclusion. The "detective" character then allows the guests to asks his primary suspects any final questions and has the guests fill out their detective evidence record (which they receive with their programs). The solution is dramatically revealed around the time dessert is served


1. Program master (you will provide this program to all participants. It will be their guide to the mystery by providing the basic plot of the mystery, the primary suspect list and the "rules" of the game.)
2. Solution sheet master
3. Invitation master
4. Outstanding and Bumbling Detective certificates
5. Cast guidelines and suggestions
6. Supply list and prop use instructions (if applicable)
7. Paper props (for example, a medicine label or a will)

NOTE: You need only buy ONE Copy

The complete Package will be available immediately via email Download link and you can Print as many copies as you need

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