In the early 1900s, young lawyer Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is sent to a remote village to go through the papers of a recently deceased old woman. He finds the villagers oddly hostile, yet sets about his work in the woman’s creepy, old house. There, he begins to unravel the story of a mysterious woman believed to haunt the place.
If you’re looking for a scary movie, look no further. There are scares every four minutes or so once Arthur starts (voluntarily and studpidly) exploring the house, endlessly going from dark room to dark room while the eerie music and sound effects build to get-ready-to-shriek levels. The movie has little dialogue, with Arthur alone most of the time just looking for the ghost.
This kind of alone-in-the-house part is usually played by a beautiful, helpless, young woman but Radcliffe does a good job, coming off as serious, mature, and not too scared of the dark. If you saw the movie without sound, it probably wouldn’t be nearly as frightening, so a great deal of credit must go to the music and sound effects. Ciarán Hinds is good in a rather undemanding, supporting role. The titular character disappointingly resembles a mannequin in a high school haunted house.
The movie makes the most out of people’ primal fear of the dark and genuine shocks come on a regular (one might say, predictable) basis. I found the movie just a bit unsatisfying, though, because the story is unrelentingly unpleasant and Arthur's character is stoic to the point of being remote.
There is some hype surrounding director James Watkins’ film “The Woman in Black”. For one thing, Watkins has been known for the sleeper horror hit “Eden Lake”, this film resurrects the almost forgotten British horror studio “Hammer”, and for the last thing, it is Daniel Radcliffe’s first post “Harry Potter” role. Now does the hype stand up to the quality of the final film? Well, it is a well-made film, and admittedly it has its merits as … more
From the first frame of this movie, you know bad things will happen. Everything on the screen, soundtrack, and dialogue is so dark and full of foreboding sounds and dark colors that it almost felt like an old Saturday afternoon Hammer film (hint: it is a Hammer film! They're back, and apparently not much has changed since . . . !!!!). I was almost expecting a title card saying "It was a dark and stormy night. . . . " The unrelieved gloom and doom … more
*** out of **** There's a fascinating scene in "The Woman in Black" where an eye scans a condensed room through a peephole in the door that conceals all that lies within it. The camera, mimicking the eye, moves from place-to-place; perhaps hoping to see or find something worth writing home about. After a few considerably well-spent seconds of searching; a shadow appears from out of the corner of the eye. The camera chases the source of this apparition; and it appears almost … more
Star Rating: An early twentieth century setting. English marshland shrouded in fog. Rain, thunder, and lightning. A graveyard shrouded in ivy and dead twigs. A decaying mansion high atop a hill. Rooms blanketed in dust and cobwebs. Dark hallways faintly lit by candlelight. The sounds of whispers and crying bouncing off the walls. A shadowy figure stalking the premises. From the first frame to the last, The Woman in Black looks and feels exactly the way … more
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Opens tomorrow, February 3, 2012 | Runtime:1 hr. 35 min.
Thematic material and violence/disturbing images
Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), recently widowed and still grieving the loss of his wife, is sent to a remote village to put a deceased eccentric's affairs in order. But soon after his arrival, it becomes clear that the villagers are hiding a deadly secret. Kipps discovers that his late client's house is haunted by the spirit of a woman who is trying to find someone and something she lost, and that no one -- not even the children -- is safe from her terrible wrath.