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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sean Kelly

My Thoughts on The Woman in Black

Tonight I saw and advance screening of this new ghost story staring Daniel Radcliffe, which has its regular release next week.  This is Radcliffe's first post-Harry Potter film and it is definitely a different type of role for him, being a gothic horror film.

Radcliffe plays a lawyer, who comes to a small English town to look over the paperwork in an old mansion.  The mansion is haunted by a banshee-like spirit, who kills a child in town whenever she is seen.

It's definitely a spooky subject matter, though I thought the film had a very slow pace.  I thought that the early appearances of the ghost wasn't all that scary and I thought the scares peaked in the second act during an extended sequence when the mansion becomes akin to haunted fun house in an amusement park.

Overall, I thought that The Woman in Black was decent enough film.  It's not the scariest ghost story I've seen, but it had its moments.

7/10

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).