Friday, May 25, 2012

Jason reviews The Woman in Black

There's nothing like a good ghost story, and The Woman in Black is just that. The 1989 British TV adaptation of Susan Hill's horror novel scared the shit out of me, and so does this feature version by director James Watkins and screenwriter Jane Goldman. A scary tale is a scary tale. And what a triumphant return to glory for Hammer Films. This has all the mood, atmosphere and old-school chills one would expect from the classic house of horror. The second act is particularly frightening, with one shorts shitting moment after another. To call it unrelenting would be an understatement. But that's how we like our terror in The Basement -- unrelenting. And kudos to Daniel Radcliffe for erasing all memory of that boy wizard with a great performance here. This is a horror tale for grown ups, and he's more than up for the part. A Good from me.

2 comments:

  1. Completely agree, one of the best horrors in recent years, loved the shots of the marsh and gardens surrounding 'the house'.

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  2. Thanks man! And yes, it was very moody. And I think all the ghost stuff was done live, no CGI.

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