First off, the first half of the movie is pretty slow. I understand that they are trying to build the lore of the woman in black and they are trying to create an eerie atmosphere, but man, did it drag on. It didn't seem like the story was progressing at all. Aside from the opening scene, there really isn't much going on for the first 20 to 30 mins of the film.
The scenery is awesome and considering that film is set in Europe, Potter's... er... Radcliffe's accent was well suited. I also loved the authenticity of the 1800's that the film set out to convey. That car? Old school that's insured for about $ 30 mil. The creepy dolls and toys? All real toys from the 19th century. It game the film an added shade of "holy crap" that I loved. Freaky toys and dolls have always creeped me out and having them all over this film gave me the heebie jeebies!
|Creating nightmares since the 19th century|
As for the story itself, it was pretty original yet old school. Let me explain. I'm usually pretty good at figuring out these horror flicks about mid way through. This one, however, I just couldn't. Maybe it was because the film was so slow that big plot events didn't happen until later in the film. The whole, kids being taken by the woman in black because she's "bad" was in my mind early but I just couldn't figure out why. An older woman possessed by her child long gone hints that the woman in black "makes them do it" gives the only real glimpse as to what is going on. When Radcliffe's character assumes that she's taking kids because she couldn't find her own child when he died was a bit of let down, to be honest. But was it really the reason driving the woman in black? The ending of the film suggests that he may have been wrong. Why else would the woman "command" Radcliffe's boy to jump on the train tracks even after her boy was returned to her? It just didn't seem right. It didn't seem like he solved anything. But then it hit me. The plot is more suited for the time the film takes place. The Woman in Black is a great ghost story of times past. A story that would keep kids awake at night. Because today's horror films use modern times to tell their stories, you write it off as something that can't happen. If you believe in the supernatural, who are we to say that something like this couldn't or didn't happen to someone before? Interesting thought, no?
|HARRY!!! LOOK BEHIND YOU!!!|
The film is a refreshing reminder that an old fashion ghost story can still be chilling. The film is not great by any means, but it is a welcomed addition to horror genre. So what did you think of The Woman in Black? Later!