February 24, 2012

The Woman in Black Movie Review

Initially my sister wanted to drag me to The Vow but I'm not sure if I were hormones or  I was just trying to boycott this bubble gum holiday called Valentine's but thankfully I ended up watching The Woman in Black.
Let me get this out of the way and say that this movie is not like an MNight (6th Sense) film or something like that. Don't expect "clever" or an unexpected twist akin to The Others. It's just a straight up scary, old school, gothic, ghost movie. Arthur Kipps' (Daniel Radcliff)  is more of an instrument in helping a malevolent ghost find peace than the alpha and omega of the story.
Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a widowed lawyer whose grief has put his career in jeopardy, is sent to a remote village to sort out the affairs of a recently deceased eccentric. But upon his arrival, it soon becomes clear that everyone in the town is keeping a deadly secret. Although the townspeople try to keep Kipps from learning their tragic history, he soon discovers that the house belonging to his client is haunted by the ghost of a woman who is determined to find someone and something she lost… and no one, not even the children, are safe
from her vengeance.
So the movie opens with these kids playing with their dolls and suddenly they all stood up and jumped right out of the window followed by a woman screaming "My babies!". I don't know about you but kids and horror movies doesn't sit well with me. I mean The Omen and Rosemary's Baby?! There's something deadly about all that innocence when you place them in scary movies.

Then the godforsaken Eel Marsh House. When the tide is high the house is isolated from civilization. Nothing can get in our out of that House! Once inside the house it doesn't disappoint, it's dank, musty and it's decorated in a menagerie of hunting trophies, stuffed animal heads and antlers for chandeliers. Spiderwebs and dust everywhere, heavy drapery, antique motorized toys and porcelain dolls with those creepy glass eyes that seem to follow you around. It has everything you'd expect to find in a haunted house.

There were a lot of frightening and startling scenes in the movie. The score was brilliant and really helped drive home the scare factor the movie was aiming for. The dark and gothic feel of the entire movie would give you a clue that things are just about to get worse for the characters.
However it was a little bit hard for Daniel Radcliff to show some range in this movie. His character per se is static, it was not developed mainly because the movie began in the middle of the story itself. The village has gone through horrific child loss and Radcliff's visit set in motion another series of child-harvest by The Woman In Black. So everybody was pinning it on him and he's determined to get to the root of the problem.
I must admit the first 30 minutes was a little slow but afterwards I was starting to get goosebumps. At the same time I kept thinking to myself is this a real ghost movie or some scooby doo crap where one of the supporting characters end up being a serial killer. Well I'm very happy to report that it IS a ghost movie but don't expect too much as far as the story is concerned, just focus on getting scared.
The ending is bittersweet, I won't give anything away but until now I'm still not sure if The Woman in Black emerged as the victor or if she did Arthur Kipps a favor. You have to find that out for yourself.

So yeah, I was happy that I picked Radcliff over Tatum.


  1. OK, that is one of the creepiest posters I have EVER seen *shudders*

    This sounds hella creepy :S
    And the scene you described? With "MY BABIES!" Eeek! I seriously want to see this, but I'm SCARED!

    1. LOL it is creepy like the Heebies you feel when you enter a fun or horror house.


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