If you're stuck visualizing Daniel Radcliffe only as Harry Potter, then do not fret. Since his last Harry Potter film, he has put out a small collection of films that certainly break him from that mold he's been so famously attached to. One of them being the Victorian ghostly tale of The Woman In Black. The movie is out now in several different formats so that you may enjoy it in the comfort and privacy of your home, but when the picture came out in 2012, and being a fan of old classical ghost stories in cinema, I jumped at the chances to see it in the theater. Now, granted that when I saw it, it was in the middle of the week and it was me and one or two other people in the auditorium seeing it. But, what I do remember is how much of a treat it was to see. I'll break the down the plot of the movie quickly for you...
In the early 1900's, also known as the Edwardian-era, a Lawyer makes his way to a small village called Crythin Gifford that contains a secret. He stays in the home of a wealthy landowner and his wife. Upon inspecting the home he is to help sell, called the "Eel Marsh House" he begins having strange experiences hearing noises and seeing things he cannot explain - Basically your common supernatural occurrences you've seen in other horror films. Only, what's different and special about this picture is its approach to how it scares you with those particular moments. While it may have a few jump scares here and there sprinkled throughout the film, it reels you in with unrelenting suspense. It really takes its time tightening those moments until the viewer cannot take it anymore and expects a typical scare. But some moments won't let you have that fix. It'll ease you back down - but only to scare you with something else.
All the while keeping you thinking with a mysterious story that includes a dead woman with a tragic past whose spirit is violently not at rest. If you were around when Hammer Films were producing the old 1960's and 70's gothic horror films such as The Curse Of Frankenstein & Dracula: Prince Of Darkness (only to name a few), you will be happy to know the newly revived Hammer Films Production came on board to make this particular movie happen. So you will definitely get that old school gothic horror vibe from it. But also it will have today's style splashed in with it, given that it's directed by James Watkins. A man who is happily acquainted with horror, with such other films under his belt like "My Little Eye", "Eden Lake", and "The Descent 2". And at the writing helm of this modern horror gem is Jane Goldman, who has dazzled us with her having scripted other films like "Kingsman: The Secret Service", "X-Men: First Class, and "Kick-Ass". The incredible supporting cast members include: Sophie Stuckey, Misha Handley, Roger Allam, Shaun Dooley, & the great Cirian Hinds.
With a film and script like this being woven and crafted brilliantly, you really cannot lose. And by the end of this picture, viewing the last 10-15 frames of the film, you will have watched, not only a chilling horror movie, but also an emotional story unfold in a beautiful way as well.
Woman in Black Movie Review
by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"