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The Woman in Black (DVD)
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The Woman in Black (DVD)
The Woman in Black follows Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) as a young widow who seems unhappy with life. A father to a young son, he struggles to make enough money to support him and when he is asked to travel to a remote village for work, he knows he must go as it appears he is on his 'last chance' at work. Information about the death of his wife seeps through slowly throughout the film, and you really feel for the character.
Asked to look through all documentation in a deceased woman's house, Kipps makes his way to Eel Marsh House but meets much resistance from the locals along the way. Despite all of this the viewer (and Kipps) knows that he has to complete this task or he will be unemployed and unable to provide for his son, and so he makes his way to an extremely creepy looking island just off the main land where Eel Marsh House is.
After a few creaks and bangs, Kipps realise that something is not quite right but this is child's play compared to what comes later! After a search through the mounds of paperwork, Kipps slowly starts to piece together a terrible tale of one family's loss of a young boy and the impact this had on the immediate family. Kipps soon starts to see a woman dressed all in black in the grounds of the house, and this is when the trouble really begins. A serious of incidents happens back on the main land but seemingly soon after Kipps has seen the woman in black.....
Set in the past (I'm struggling to find an exact date, but most likely around 100 years ago), the film is very dark and misty and just generally not very colourful, all which adds to the mystery and spookiness!
I had heard many things about The Woman In Black ever since its release but mainly due to the fact that it stars Daniel Radcliffe / Harry Potter! I had heard that it was one of the scariest films in recent years, and I had also heard it was quite disturbing. When I saw it on Sky Box Office at the weekend I decided to give it a try as it was only £4 and still a fairly recent release. I was quite surprised at the rating of this 'scary' film though - a 12A, it couldn't be that scary surely?! Wrong! I literally watched 90% of the film peeking through my fingers and at one point even dramatically threw myself under the quilt and hid like I was 12 myself! At 95 minutes long, I would say that I was terrified for at least 70 minutes throughout!
As the film grabs you from the first scene I really enjoyed this film (despite being terrified!), it didn't take time to introduce the characters or any of the weird goings out, but simply threw you in at the deep end and continued as it meant to go on. The acting by Daniel Radcliffe was a world away from the wizarding realm of Harry Potter, and he was totally believable as the lost soul Kipps. The Director has the horror down to a tea, teasing the audience with creepy looking dolls, followed by a bang or whatever and then swiftly followed by the moment it was leading up to. I don't want to give anything away but there is one particular scene with a rocking chair (god I sound a wuss!) that I actually screamed at! I just thank the stars that I didn't see this at the cinema, I would have made a fool of myself that's for sure!
For horror lovers this film is a must. For anyone not scared by this film, I simply don't believe you ; )
Summary: 4 stars