The Woman In Black
Harry Potter, er, Daniel Radcliffe remains in the fantasy/supernatural genre with "The Woman in Black," one of the first releases to come out on the revived Hammer Films trademark. An old-fashioned ghost movie drenched heavily in atmosphere, "The Woman in Black" falls into the inevitable trappings of a modern day horror flick.
The camera is fond of the ever-increasing maturity of Radcliffe, yet he can’t quite escape a deer-in-the-headlights acting method for his character Arthur Kipps. Mr. Kipps, a recently widowed lawyer, is sent to an isolated village to research the paper trail of a deceased female client. The sense of dread Kipps feels upon entering the village and as he makes his way into the sprawling gothic mansion belonging to his client is one of the film’s highlights. As Kipps fleetingly glimpses the ghost of a woman in black, mourning the death of her child, some of the village’s children die gruesome deaths.
The Victorian era time period and somber tone complements the mood of the film. Yet director James Watkins fills his haunted house movie with cheap scares and jolts. While a cawing crow suddenly thrown into the frame may generate a cheap thrill, the film would’ve worked better with a more subtle approach.
Two special features, barely totaling 10 minutes, fail to give any in-depth insight into the making of the film, nor do they show any on-set antics. And Radcliffe’s interview is fleeting and promotional only.
"The Woman in Black"