The Woman in Black DVD|
An ambitious young lawyer, Arthur Kipps (played by Daniel Radcliffe), is given the rather tedious job of organising the paperwork of a country estate following the death of its owner Mrs Drablow; a former client. This takes him to the out-of-the-way village of Cryphin Gifford where an extremely disturbing secret soon come to light; some of the local children have been disappearing under mysterious and tragic circumstances.
Working alone in the extreme isolation of the creepy mansion (Eel Marsh House) Kipps unwittingly finds himself caught up in the midst of a horrifically chilling nightmare when he discovers the house is haunted by a woman dressed from head to toe in black and that she is responsible for the children's demise. Kipps is forced to take action when he learns that his own loved ones are about to become targeted.
This intensely eerie, suspenseful 2012 spine - chiller, directed by James Watkins and based on the 1983 classic ghost story by Susan Hill, has been very popular at the box office. As well as Daniel Radcliffe (AKA Harry Potter), actors include Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer, Sophie Stuckey and Mischa Handley.
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Average Rating for The Woman in Black - 3 out of 5
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The Woman in BlackAndrea Chettle
I really cannot explain why I bought and watched The Woman in Black DVD. I have never been a huge fan of horror films as they tend to crawl into my head and play with my imagination for days and (especially) nights after (Yes I am aware that there are (probably) no such things as ghosts but I am also aware that the characters in films think the same thing and look what happens to them!) . This was described more as a ghost story than an all out horror film, however, and sometimes a little scary can be good. So I grabbed a copy of this DVD and a bag of popcorn and settled down (with the lights on naturally) to what I hoped would be a great film experience.
I did not find this film scary at all.
I don't know what went wrong. All the ingredients were there: spooky isolated house, fog, remote village, fog, scared villagers, fog, scary moving toys, unexplained deaths and fog. Somehow, though none of this managed to pull together into a frightening film. With my imagination, it doesn't take much to get me on the edge of my seat and jumping at shadows but this film really didn't scare me. I enjoyed the story and was interested to see how it would end but the thrill wasn't there.
One of the problems is that a lot of the film happens at night. A woman in black with a black veil over her face appears in the shadows of a big dark house at night. Now maybe on the big screen at the cinema it was different but on my TV it wasn't always easy to tell what was happening except by the expressions of the "alive" characters in the same scene and the background music.
I really enjoyed seeing Daniel Radcliffe in a different acting role and was pleased that the only time I thought about him as Harry Potter was when I wished he'd use a spell to put some lights on! The rest of the cast were equally good especially Ciarán Hinds as a man desperate not to believe the truth of the events around him and what happened to his son.
I did have a number of questions throughout the story that distracted me. Why did no-one in the village simply explain to Kipps why they were so against him going to the old house? Why did none of the villagers attempt to leave the village and take their children to safety somewhere else? Most importantly for me, how and why did the Woman in Black kill the children in the way that she did? There must have been an easier way to do it , surely?
For me, the ending of this film didn't really work. I understand that the end of the film is different to the original novel and I am interested to find out how the book ended. The ending of the film felt wrong somehow. It seemed to take something away from the film and left me wondering what the point of the last hour and a half was.
The DVD comes packed with extras including interviews and behind the scenes featurettes and commentaries These all provided an interesting look at the making of the film and even featured interviews with the original author Susan Hill.
This is a DVD to watch for the story, the acting and the bonus features. For me, it didn't provide the thrills I was expecting but neither did it keep me awake and terrified for nights afterwards which is always a good thing.
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