‘The Woman In Black’ captivates audience

By Kelsey Alvino
February 22, 2012

Daniel Radcliffe stars in the thriller“The Woman in Black,” a movie based on a novel with the same name by Susan Hill.

In anticipation of Daniel Radcliffe’s first film after Harry Potter, the trailer for “The Woman In Black” was so underwhelming because the storyline seemed unoriginal and cliche.

A haunted house, scary noises and creepy shadows would describe multiple movies made.  However, “The Woman In Black,” surprised me with its own originality.

The movie hits all the right scary notes without being cheesy.

“The Woman In Black,” director James Watkins gives us a new reason to wonder what goes bump in the night.

Based on the 1983 novel by Susan Hill, “The Woman In Black” gives audiences chills with its dark, mysterious plot line and heart-pounding special effects. This suspenseful thriller had the audience at the edge of their seats, watching the film through their fingers. Some reviews argue that the film is surprising rather than terrifying. But I believe both were equally portrayed in this film.

Radcliffe proves that there is life after “Harry Potter.” His new movie has grossed over $20 million worldwide. Radcliffe plays widower Arthur Kipps, a lawyer, constantly distraught by his wife’s death during childbirth.

His 5-year-old son, Joseph, is a constant reminder of his wife and what life was like before his loss. Kipps struggles every day to shake his emotional distraught of her loss and due to this, his work is suffering tremendously.

In his last effort to get his career back on track, he is sent to a secluded village outside of London to put a deceased client’s affairs in order.  Although he senses an eerie vibe, his only goal is to revive his profession.

Upon arriving in the village, he is told by locals to return home, love his child and never return to the village. Puzzled by their behavior, Kipps soon realizes the town’s deadly secret.

Kipps discovers that his late client’s house is haunted by the spirit of a woman who is suspected for killing all of the village children.

She is known as “the woman in black,” who hypnotizes children to their death.

No child is safe from her wrath and after Kipps sees her in the abandoned estate, two children die a gruesome death in the village.

Kipps, being blamed for the death, is destined to figure out the mystery of “the woman in black” and leave her in peace.

Altogether, I believe “The Woman In Black” is worth your money.  It is a classic ghost story that uses little to no blood and gore, but still has the ability to make you feel uneasy.

Casting of the film was perfect from the main character to the creepy village children.  The acting was decent and no one seemed short of the ability to draw the audience in.

There is much debate over the controversial ending of the film. Some audiences and critics praise it for being perfect. However, some feel lost and confused as the credits begin to role. As a whole, the movie is worth your time and money. See for yourself and catch “The Woman In Black.”

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