Woman in Black must-see for scary movie lovers


Odi Opole, Web Editor

Are you comfortable with nightmares?
Go see The Woman In Black.
The mind-bending storyline and deliciously evil ghost will scare viewers out of their minds when the film premieres on Feb. 3.
That means you, Mr. and Mrs. Horror-Movie-Buff.
The Woman In Black is based off of a 1983 novel of the same name by Susan Hill. It follows the story of a depressed London lawyer named Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe) traveling to the countryside to settle the estate of a recently deceased woman. However, he does not know about the dark past surrounding her home and haunting the villagers in the area.
The Woman in Black makes it onto the good horror movie list because it’s not an in-your-face movie. It’s subtle, it’s intense and it’s terrifying, but there aren’t a lot of cheesy, over-the-top scenes.
Surprising, I know.
Instead of screaming, snapping, and loud background music, the film is its scariest when it’s silent. Instead of throwing scary images at viewers to scare them, the film uses fog and shadows to make each scene ripe with scary potential.
Instead of being afraid of people who ‘connect the cuts,’ viewers end up afraid of everything, because everything in the movie has the potential to, at the very least, be very creepy.
It’s honestly quite refreshing.
Daniel Radcliffe shines in his role –– I don’t forsee a rocky transition from child star to adult star in his future. Although I caught a few glimpses of the good ole’ everybody’s-dying-because-of-me stare from Harry Potter, Radcliffe still made me forget I was watching my childhood icon.
Considering the fact that he acted solo for most of the movie, he did better than I would have expected as the dejected Arthur Kipps. However, it’d be nice for him to pick a happy character to play for once –– I need to see a smile on that now-manly face.
Even though I felt like most of the other cast members only had to slam doors and be afraid, Janet McTeer was wonderful in the role of Mrs. Daily, a slightly deranged woman who lost her son. She’s lovable when lucid, but terrifying when overcome by visions of her son. And what’s better than a crazy old lady? McTeer even managed to add warmth and depth to Ciarán Hinds’s acceptable, if stone-faced, Mr. Daily.
And not to give too much away, but I promise the ending will be completely out of left field.