The Woman in Black (2012)

If you were following my blog when I was doing the Halloween month, you would know that I had to take all the courage out of me to sit through the last part of intense horror movies which resulted in maybe 2 weeks of sleepless nights.  If you weren’t, don’t feel left out, you can hope over HERE to check out the list of what I watched in the three parts.  However, I have learned a lot about myself and horror movies and a few years back before that stupid incident watching The Haunting of Connecticut which literally haunted me since then into not ever being able to watch a horror movie, I am capable to do it so I’ve been trying hard to get back into it.

After a crazy few days catching up and watching and reviewing a whole bunch of rom-coms and romantic dramas, yesterday on Valentine’s Day I decided to give into my boyfriend’s ultimate love and watch a horror movie, the one named up in the title –The Woman in Black.  Take a guess as to how last night went for me…Oh right, with that said, remember that I’m mega easily scared so if you’re a hardcore horror fan, you definitely won’t feel the same level of fright.

the woman in black

Director: James Watkins

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Liz White,Janet McTeer
A lawyer Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is given one last chance to prove his worth in his office and sent to take care of an outstanding account of checking and getting Eel Marsh House ready for sale after the recently deceased Mrs. Drablow.  On the train he meets, Sam Daily (Ciaran Hinds) who offers to take him to his hotel in Cryphin Gifford. He starts feeling that he is unwelcome and even the man that was supposed to help him with the paperwork for Eel Marsh House arranged to sent him back.  However, he decided to go to take care of it himself.  As the house is surrounded by marshlands, it is restricted to certain times where he could not get back onto the mainland until the tide recedes.  On his first visit to the house, he sees a strange woman in black lurking in the woods nearby.  However, the mysterious woman disappears from his view.  When he gets back into town, he learns that the children in this town has been dying off in weird ways.  He also comes to know that one of the children lost is Mr. Daily’s son, Nicholas.  As a result, Mrs. Daily (Janet McTeer) has been unstable mentally, and at times, she seems to believe that she is possessed by the spirit of her son.  He soon learns that he is unwelcome because whoever sees the woman in black will cause a death of at least one child in the town.  Mr. Daily disregards the superstitions and agrees to help Arthur to get to Eel Marsh House against the others wishes.  It is there Arthur finds papers from a woman called Jennet (Liz White) to Mrs. Drablow, accusing her of the murder of her son and sending her off to a mental institution.  The night Arthur spends in the house turns out to be more than he expected: a vengeful ghost and the secrets that the manor held.

woman in black

As I’m writing that summary up there, I was turning around and feeling my heart rate go up. Technically, I have to say, my boyfriend should be doing the review.  I spent probably the second half of the movie with my hand covering a part of my face or looking partially at the screen when I needed my hands to cover my eyes.  You know those sudden scares that we call cheap scares, right? They showed up a lot.  And I seriously get creeped out when its about 1) ghosts 2) children and this flick had both. To me, this was a really good horror movie.  My boyfriend was startled a few times also.  This one was definitely creepy and if you’ve seen this, I’m saying right now…that ending is just horrible..in a creepy good way. My guess is that if you are horror fan, you might still get some enjoyment out of this but this movie is a bit predictable.  But since I’m easily scared, even when I predict something to happen, I’ll still not exactly know how its executed so it still scares me, but I still managed to know when the director tried to startle the audience.

woman in black arthur

Now that we’ve acknowledge this horror flick achieved its scare factor on me, I’m going straight out to say that Daniel Radcliffe’s first movie after Harry Potter is quite good.  They gave him a good story.  I always have this issue with how certain actors always jump out of a franchise and get these horror movie scripts and half the time, its some retarded flick (and thats coming from me, the ultimate easily scared audience).  This one was really good in that level.  He did great as a mature lawyer, a father of a little boy and at the same time a mourning widower.  Its a big change from Harry Potter is all I’m saying.  Plus, the people in this town and the child actors blew me away.  They all did such a great job at securing the creepy, weird, eerie vibe of a town thats gone through a lot of tragedy and death.  As much as there were times with other people, Daniel Radcliffe did carry a good portion of this movie by himself in the haunted manor.  I do look forward to what else he has to offer after this.

woman in black children

I need to stop the writing this review because I’m getting all creeped out thinking of the movie.  A good horror movie with cheap scares and eerie atmosphere that does what it sets out to do.  You bet that I won’t be picking up this movie (or any other horror ghost related  flick) in a while.  I do recommend this.  I do know some people probably won’t get a lot of scares out of this but, its a decent movie.

What type of horror movies usually creep you out: ghosts/spirits, zombies, slasher, possession, etc?

27 thoughts on “The Woman in Black (2012)

  1. “remember that I’m mega easily scared so if you’re a hardcore horror fan, you definitely won’t feel the same level of fright” – I will easily admit this is a well made movie and that scene with the three girls – your last picture above – was AWESOME – and so was Ciaran Hinds – but, overall, i didn’t love it. Whatever you and your boyfriend do – don’t watch this director’s first movie – Eden Lake. You won’t like it – I promise!!

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  2. I’m weird about horror movies. I used to like them a lot but rarely watch them these days. I hate “gore”. Gory isn’t scary to me – it’s just gross. I find what you DON’T see and can only just imagine MUCH scarier than all the in-your-face stuff today. I was one of the weird ones who was actually a bit creeped out by Blair Witch (whereas others found that movie completely laughable). My favorite horrors are mainly from the 70s & 80s (like The Omen & The Shining and then things like A Nightmare on Elm Street, which were really just sort of fun). I really can’t think of many movies that actually scared me, though. I wasn’t scared by The Woman in Black but did jump a little a couple times. I hate movies that try too hard to make you jump, though. It gets predictable and annoying. Wow – I’m going on a bit here… Lol! Oh – I know one that would really scare you! Spanish movie The Orphanage… One of the better horror movies of recent years. 🙂 Seriously – check this kid out (if you dare): http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3av21rIWc1roxdi1o1_500.jpg

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    • I feel the same about gore. I can do old school slasher flicks. Those really don`t scare me but I find them somewhat entertaining. As for the cheap scares that just make you jump, I may get startled but most of the time, you can tell when they will happen, just never know when. I guess thats where the anxiety comes in for me.
      As for the Orphanage, I`ve been wanting to see it. But I ended up seeing Orphan instead last year. haha! Which was pretty good also.
      As for long comments, go for it! I love to read what you have to say 🙂

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    • I got the boyfriend to assemble me the list of the most macho movies he can think of. Unless you want to send over some suggestions, I`d gladly take those down as well 🙂

      I`m not a horror fan as much as I used to be. I used to love it for the adrenaline rush. Now, sometimes the consequences (ie. lack of sleep) makes me not want to watch it as frequently.

      Just depends on your level of tolerance. It also comes with the background that I do believe in ghosts and spirits and all. If you don`t believe that as much,and you`re okay with those sudden jump scare, then this one shouldn`t be too tough to watch. Its decent, believe me on that 🙂

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  3. I’m a chicken when it comes to horror/thrillers. I used to watch the old Hammer Horrors with my brother and his mates on a Saturday night (safety in numbers). My sister would force me to watch horror films with her, because she was too scared to watch them on her own, but still wanted to watch them. I read a book while she destroyed my arm and a cushion.

    I can manage if they are set in another time, usually, but if they are set in the present, forget it. Having said that, characters with white hair freak me out. I had nightmares after Bladerunner and The Omega Man. Woman in Black sounds interesting. I’ll see if I can find someone to watch it with (I’m a chicken).

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    • I`m actually not too bad with thrillers. I prefer them over horrors most of the time. My fave is psychological thrillers.

      I am familiar with the “destroying arm” part. When I went to see The Ring with my friend ages ago at the theatres. My friend ended up losing blood circulation in his arm for a bit. haha! But you know, thats what friends are for, right? Now I just scream and jump up 5 feet into the air or hide under a blanket (which I always have with me when seeing a horror movie).

      You got company in the chicken boat, I’m right next to you.

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  4. Have to go with the classics! The slasher movies are too over the top these days. It’s all about the subtlely in movies like the original “The House on Haunted Hill” – perfect combination of creepy music driving an actual plot, and just enough mystery and intrigue that your imagination can fill in the blanks and send you over the edge.

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    • I`m still catching up with the horror classics. Before I turned into the mega chicken I am now, I was doing just that. But last year I started up again and after seeing Friday the 13th and Halloween I`m totally back into that. I`ll check up The House on Haunted Hill…never heard of it. 🙂

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  5. I saw this movie sometime last year and thought it was very well done. But you said it first, it’s creepy, like, ultra-creepy. I got the shivers when–oh, I can’t say it, it’ll spoil it for others!

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