The Woman In Black (2012)

Snooze fest?  Think again.  ‘The Woman in Black’ is, in my opinion, one of the few horror flicks of its generation to use modern special effects without making the film too unbelievable.  Of course in most haunting horror flicks there is an expected surrealism within the story – ghosts, the walking dead, living toys, etc. – which is often overdone.  Rather than evoking a sense of fear or terror, this overuse of horror motifs creates humour in what are supposed to be tense, nightmare-like films.

‘The Woman in Black’, directed by James Watkins, uses these motifs in moderation creating just the right amount of scare tactic in this edge-of-your-seat thriller.  Besides the lack of back story (which would allow for a closer audience-protagonist relationship) this films explores the idea of conspiracy within the modern-day ghost story.

I haven’t jumped that much, been that frightened, or even been that intrigued by a horror film in quite some time.  The subtlety of motif placements within Watkins’ film allows for the mood of a horror film to take over.  The feeling of being sucked into a nightmarish setting is enhanced by the frightening shadows that are hiding around each corner throughout the film.

The best part about this film may, in fact, be the well-acted part of the protagonist Harry Potter… I mean Daniel Radcliffe.  That’s right, the ‘boy who lived’ is no more.  In his place stands Arthur Kipps – a young lawyer forced into an eerily haunting situation.

Although Radcliffe has been recognized for the past eight years as a worldwide iconic wizard, he managed to shed that identity with his spine rattling performance as Arthur Kipps.  From an actor who never quite stole the show as an adventurous wizard to a lawyer who’s emotional struggle was felt throughout the audience.  The love, the fear, and the terror that Kipps feels drives the emotion of the audience in a way that was quite unexpected but thoroughly fulfilling.

This film will shock you, scare you, and bring your nightmares to life in a way that hasn’t been seen in years.  There is no question you will jump out of you seat.

Director: James Watkins

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, and Ciaran Hinds

Rating: 7/10

'The Woman in Black' Movie Poster

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4 Responses to The Woman In Black (2012)

  1. It was a great film. Very creepy!

  2. Jeyna Grace says:

    Sounds too spooky for me.

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