The second Daniel Radcliffe film of my 31days of Horror was his first movie to be released after the Harry Potter series ended. What better way to stand up and be counted as a more grown up actor, than starring in a period horror movie for the newly revived Hammer studios.
The Woman In Black is an adaptation of Susan Hill’s novel and was already a successful stage play and 1989 TV movie, both known for being particularly scary. This new version was scripted by Jane Goldman and directed by horror veteran James Watkins.
Backed by a stellar British cast including Roger Allam, Liz White and Ciaran Hinds, Radcliffe delivers a solid performance, if looking a little young for the character.
Theres a Dracula feel to the film, the lonely lead character staying away from home, the Gothic style and period setting. Radcliffe plays Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer who’s wife has died in childbirth, lending him a haunting sadness throughout the whole film. Kipps travels to Eel Marsh House, looking for a new buyer. The villagers aren’t too happy to see him and Mr Kipps starts to realise that Eel Marsh has more to it than meets the eye.
The Woman In Black is good, scary ghost story. An ideal companion piece to Crimson Peak which looks a lot better, but isn’t really very scary. The film was a big hit spawning a sequel which wasn’t as successful, had none of the original creative team and in fact the last film released by Hammer.
For Fans Of :
A Cure for Wellness (click here for my review)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Crimson Peak (click here for my review)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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