Director: James Watkins
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer
Daniel Radcliffe sheds his Harry Potter image in this clever horror flick brilliantly produced by Hammer Studios. Set in England in the late 1800s, Daniel plays the role of a legal worker who ventures off to an isolated village to complete some legal matters on a deceased estate. He comes across a vengeful ghost of a woman dressed in black who avenges her childís death by making children kill themselves every time somebody sees her in the marshlands mansion.
The atmosphere was hauntingly crafted in this movie with near black & white colour grading & effective direction where facial close-ups heightened the horror being experienced. The isolated house in the foggy marshes, the cold rainy nights, the ghostly figures peering out of the windows, the music box playing , & the sound of children talking & crying in the hallways were other features which creatively added to the atmosphere. Childrenís toys have never seemed so sinister. Suspense at times was quite unbearable where you knew that something horrific was about to happen.
However, one flaw in the storyline which I found very disappointing was the idea that Danielís character came up with to remedy the situation with the ghostly woman in black. It was just too convenient & unconvincing, a quick way to start rounding off the film. The twist was quite inventive & what the audience would have expected. Daniel gave an excellent performance & has convincingly proved that he has longevity as an actor. The children in the movie were very disturbing, I will never see innocent young girls dressed in 1800ís attire with long ponytails in the same light again. JAKE † †
The Woman in Black (2012)
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. Review and Trailer of the film The Woman in Black The atmosphere was hauntingly crafted in this movie with near black & white colour grading & effective direction where facial close-ups heightened the horror being experienced...