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Really good (but not super) scary movie,
This review is from: The Woman in Black (DVD)
Daniel Radcliffe is on screen most of the time in this movie. He is alone much of the time, too. The haunted house in question is the quintessentially spooky house that is inaccessable parts of the day or night due to the tide washing over a swamp. The eerie atmosphere is well kept and Daniel's really good in the film. As one review said above, how many ways can this kind of scary movie tell the same story? For those who expect decapitations and lots of gratuitous blood, I'm sorry, but this movie isn't that kind of movie. Some of the thrill moments are standard, but if, like the other reviewer above, the only thing you're doing is counting the number of them, then you obviously should not be reviewing this movie. The brief glimpses of shadows moving or figures moving past a mirror get to you almost at once. NOthing is scarier than shadows that move.
Being indelicate, Daniel Radcliffe's not a tall person, and in this movie that doesn't matter at all. Still he didn't have to have a love scene with a taller woman or have to out-yell someone who is a foot taller. It was a wise choice, because now we can just concentrate on the good job he does. (There are long moments when there is no dialogue, and they don't drag - not for me, anyway.)
Is it perfect? No. But it certainly is preferable to me over those slasher movies (in which I lost interest years ago.) It isn't quite as surprising as "Sixth Sense", but the ending was not expected. My real complaint, not addressed by any others, is that the dialogue in some places is slightly muffled. I have some hearing problems, but this wasn't in that category. The dialogue was simply not clear in places, notably Daniel Radcliffe's first conversations with his boss and with the man who eventually helps him (whose son has also died.) Dan was fine, but the others were muffled, relying on the British mumble to get through.
I'm glad I went, and my reservations are minor. There were moments when I had reall chills from fright.
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Initial post: Feb 15, 2012 8:07:21 AM PST
E. Sadowski says:
I,too, prefer the kind of movie "The Woman in Black" is rather than all the slasher crap. Also, because I was curious to know how Daniel Radcliffe tackled a horror movie after his Harry Potter days I saw this film with a friend of mine. The spooky atmosphere and the sense of dread and building of suspense did on occasion cause my friend and myself to scream and cover our faces briefly during some key moments. By the time the film ended we were shocked that time flew by so quickly. If anyone enjoys this kind of film and you let go of your inhibitions and keep an open mind this film will thrill and give chills as much as did my friend and myself. Highly recommended.
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