“Don’t go chasing shadows”
The Woman in Black (2012)
Welcome back, fellow Radcliffe fans, to part two of reviewing our old wizard’s existence in the world of horror films. Today, I will be discussing “The Woman in Black” (2012) which is posted on IMDB with a 6.5 rating out of 10. Directed by James Watkins, this 135 minute movie received a rating of PG-13 for which I am actually shocked. There may not be much cursing or sexual content, but the jump-scares in this movie are INTENSE. Beware those of you who keep your volume cranked up while watching this film.
Radcliffe played a small child in the Harry Potter series, then secured a role in “Horns” as a young adult, and now in “The Woman in Black” we see him as a fully grown man with a family of his own. In “Horns,” he played a role in which he had to brush up on his American accent (sounds a bit shaky at points) but here he gets to return to his British roots that we have all grown to love. Fun fact: the actor who played Harry Potter’s father actually played the same role as Radcliffe but in the 1989 version of “The Woman in Black.”
So, this movie is one of my top three favorite horror films of all time (and I’ve seen A LOT of scary movies) so let’s just dive right in! First of all, this contains the most intense horror of the three I have blogged about so far. The subject matter is also quite gruesome with a plot that revolves around children being murdered left and right (another reason I’m surprised it did not receive a rating of R). Daniel Radcliffe plays the role of a struggling lawyer on the edge of losing his job, so he is forced to accept the undesirable task of traveling to an abandoned house in a remote village to retrieve legal paperwork. Similar to “Horns,” he has lost his significant other due to another unfortunate death. It seems directors just love to make him play lonely characters. The very first image at the start of the movie shows Radcliffe with a blade to his throat. As you might have guessed, he is quite depressed after the loss of his wife and if you want to play the most boring drinking game ever, take a shot every time his character smiles in this film… A much more fun game would be to pay close attention to the background of scenes, especially at the house on the marsh. You might just see some things that I admittedly missed the first time watching it.
Overall, I would recommend this movie to anyone searching for a scare (And I rave about this maybe more than I should). There is a good mix of an attractive storyline with jump-scares which is rare in modern films.