2012 was not pretty interesting year in terms of horror movies but there were a few of the horror movies that caught my attention. I had been waiting for a long time to see the much awaited The Woman in Black not much because of the reason it is horror but because it stars Daniel Radcliffe, the star of Harry Potter series. Its his latest release after the ending of the Potter series and quite a surprise as i didn't expect his next movie to be a horror one. But surprise is what made me so curious for it.
Movie is directed by British director James Watkins (also directed the fantastic "Eden Lake") and stars Daniel who plays the protagonist Arthur Kipps, a broke lawyer who lives in a British town in early 1900s and has been given a job by his boss to collect some paper work from a manor in a nearby town so that it can be sold. Being a widower and a father of a four year old boy, he is hesitant to leave but reluctantly accepts the job due to the risk of loosing his job. He receives a very cold reception in the town and is asked to leave the town but he somehow bribes a coachman and leaves for the manor where he realizes it is haunted.
The movie has an overall eerie atmosphere which i enjoyed. The performance by the leads is top notch and the plot is intriguing and frightening. Movie is overall pretty scary but mostly jump scares which i believe somehow degrade the quality of movie but still the plot and performance kept me involved and the movie had a lot to offer till the very end. Especially the very early 1900s sets and the creepy manor make this a good spine tingling watch but still it somehow lacked the amount of horror element that i expected.
Who should watch?
The movie is one of the few interesting horror movie of the year so definitely worth a watch, especially horror fans, but the movie has enough suspense and drama that any movie fan will enjoy. Its worth a watch for a good scare at a lonely night.
Genre - Horror, Drama, Thriller
Director - James Watkins
Stars - Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeers
Country - UK
Language - English
Runtime - 95 minutes