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The Woman in Black (2012)
Amazing film exceeded expectations and most importantly...Gave me a scare!
The Woman In Black... When I first heard about the film (maybe half a year ago) It intrigued me. I haven't seen the play or read the book but the story at once caught my eye. The trailer did a good job of setting me up and I expected a jumpy creepy film full of surprises. I was not disappointed. The film was a perfect balance between story and scares. The story was engaging and intriguing and the scares came both expectedly and effectively, or alternatively when you least expect them. It doesn't rely on an awful lot of CGI or gore and so if you are looking for the next Saw then look somewhere else. However, if you are looking for an impressive horror with amazing writing and great performances then this is the film for you!
Daniel Radcliffs performance was fantastic. Gone are the Harry Potter days where if something dramatic was about to happen then the wand and invisibility cloak would come out. Instead, we see the amazing raw talent that Daniel Radcliff possesses. Having never over impressed during the Harry Potter days, in this film his facial expressions and the look in his eyes did more than any spell ever did! A truly fantastic performance. He really seems to 'get' his character and portrays him perfectly. I was 100% hooked!
Admittedly, at some points the story can get a tiny bit confusing. But it is never boring. And yes, the jump scares do come in quick succession, but they don't happen when you think they will or how you expect them to,so they still have the desired effect on the audience! If you scare easily then also be warned, you will jump, scream, and have a really creeped out lurking feeling in the back of your mind for days afterwards. I know I did. But it is so worth it! So whether you are a horror fan or not, go and see this film. It is a nice British horror that will really impress.Plus, if you see it in the cinema it looks fantastic on the big screen and if you are lucky you'll sit in a cinema where the tension is so evidantin the room that you could hear a pin drop. When was the last time that happened?