Harry Potter's All Grows Up In Stylish, Creepy "The Woman In Black"

Harry Potter's All Grows Up In Stylish, Creepy "The Woman In Black"

THE WOMAN IN BLACK

Genre: Horror

Premise: Recently widowed attorney Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe, in his first post-Potter role) goes to a remote village where a scary lady ghost is spooking the locals.

Behind-the-Scenes: This is the first movie to bear the "Hammer" films production credit in a few decades.  Screenwriter Jane Goldman usually collaborates with Matthew Vaughn and previously wrote X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass, and The Debt with him.

The Good: Packs a ton of scares into its 90 minutes.  Has an enjoyably creepy old-school horror vibe, befitting of its Hammer Films heritage.  The period production design is top notch.

The Bad:  Radcliffe is miscast and too young for the role.  He doesn't make any huge mistakes, but he doesn't really help the movie either.  Most scenes find him walking down a big scary hall, or up and down a staircase.  He sees a lot of crazy things, but never really acts terrified by any of them.

Should You See It?:  Sure.  If you like your scares PG-rated, The Woman In Black mostly delivers the goods.

Rating: *** out of 5 stars.

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