Saturday, February 4, 2012

Movie Review: The Woman In Black.

The Woman In Black (2012)

Since I first saw the previews for this movie sometime in September of last year, I have been waiting patiently anxiously for it to come out.

I'm a sucker for a good horror movie.  Good horror.  Good old fashion horror where the worst thing is that which you do not understand.
None of that torture porn, please.  I can only handle seeing movies like Saw or Hostel once, and even then I can barely sit through them.

British horror films are always so awesome to watch. I love the classiness behind them.

A bit of back story: The Woman In Black  is based on Susan Hill's 1982 novel of the same name. The story follows Young lawyer Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) who is facing financial problems along with stress from his employers. Arthur is assigned to handle the estate of Alice Drablow who owned Eel Mars. At the Marsh, Kipps starts working on the paperwork, but he repeatedly hears footsteps and sees a woman dressed in black.The village people fear Mr. Kipps, because legend tells that when one sees the Woman In Black, a child perishes.  [x]

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My rating: 5 out of 5.

Like I said, I love horror films. This one is so brilliant filmed, that I'm sure I had a mind-gasm half way through. 
The film takes place in Victorian Age England, and it looks remarkable. The costumes are gorgeous, the props and artifacts are perfect. Perfect setting for a classic horror story. And the cinematography is sublime. 

I don't remember the last time I sat in the a horror movie that actually had my heart racing for so long.  I was genuinely frightened, and holding on to the Boyfriend for dear life.

I think that the lack of dialogue and lack of musical score in key scenes is what made this movie as frightening as it was. You get a sense of being there with Mr. Kipps as he attempts to discover what is going bump in the night.  All you hear are his footsteps, his shallow breathing...it's almost unsettling.

Daniel Radcliffe truly holds his own in this movie. 
He pulled himself away from the Harry Potter world brilliantly. He has truly become an amazing actor who carried his scenes with professionalism and grace. 
He made you FEEL his character's confusion, sadness, and fright. Not many actors can pull that off.
And I'm not just saying this because I love Daniel Radcliffe.  :)

looking so dapper!

Although, I won't lie, I did find myself saying "Omg, Daniel, just expecto patronum the bitch away!" once or twice.  Oops.

I woke up from a nightmare last night about the movie. This is the first time I have a nightmare involving a movie. Eek!
Go watch it.  It was well worth a full price ticket.

3 comments:

  1. I really want to see this now! I'm hoping that he will be able to go far as an actor, one of the many reasons why I want to see this film. I'm not a big Horror fan, but when Horror is suspenseful that's when I'll go see it, and your review is certainly pushing me even more into that direction.

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  2. I want to see this movie. I know I'm going to scream, "Don't die again Harry!!! And where's your wand?!!!" >O<
    But since you said it was good, I will check it out.

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  3. Ugh you had a nightmare about it?? We're NOT seeing this then haha!! Glad it's really good - we are big scaredy cats and we don't like horror. When my Dad visited us in London last year, he made us go to the West End Theatre version of the story - I never thought that a play could make me scream so much!! I'll get him to go check it out haha :)

    Great review!!

    Laura & Sarah xo

    sprezzaturaourway.blogspot.com

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