The Woman in Black – A Retrospective
Mar 2012 26
Written by Sangitha Raman

The genre of this movie is drama, horror and thriller and it comes with a rating of PG-13. This movie caught me by surprise because I was clueless that it was a horror movie until it started! Based on the looks of the movie poster I initially got the idea that it was just another thriller movie. Though the movie was not especially scary there were some scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat.

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Daniel Radcliffe has grown out of his highly famed “Harry Potter” character and plays the lead role as a young lawyer and a matured father. He travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. Will he be able to solve the mystery and stop the woman in black? You will have to watch the movie to find out for yourself.

But overall I felt this movie had different style than the usual “horror” movies, which often gets lost in all the blood and gore. I am glad that finally there is a movie with a different kind angle to horror. But the movie was slightly disappointing as I expected more scenes to scare the hell out of the audience but the peak horror scenes always died off with no excitement. Despite all that justice was made to the old-fashioned 1907 setting the movie adapted right from the haunted mansion to the cast’s wardrobe choices. The ending has to be my personal favorite; it had a special twist touch to the movie.

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Directed by James Watkins; written by Jane Goldman, based on the novel by Susan Hill; director of photography, Tim Maurice-Jones; edited by Jon Harris; music by Marco Beltrami; production design by Kave Quinn; costumes by Keith Madden; produced by Richard Jackson, Simon Oakes and Brian Oliver; released by CBS Films.

Running time: 1 hour 35 minutes.

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe (Arthur Kipps), Ciaran Hinds (Samuel Daily), Janet McTeer (Mrs. Daily), Shaun Dooley (Fisher) and Liz White (Jennet Humfrye).

Rating: 3/5

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