The Woman In Black

Last night, myself and James had a little cinema trip to see The Woman in Black. Based on the 1982 book-turned-play by Susan Hill, it’s something I’ve wanted to for a while. I’m not normally that phased by scary films at all, but can honestly say it’s one of the genuinely creepiest films I’ve seen in a very long while – I spent a fair bit of it watching through my hands. A lot of horror films these days tend to rely on shock tactics and gore, but The Woman in Black is much more reminiscent of old-school suspense thrillers. There was a lot of anticipation and building up of tension, especially through sound, and some really jumpy bits, I nearly lost my Maltesers at one point! The visuals of the film were stunning, with incredibly eerie set pieces,
the Eeel Marsh House interior being one of them.

Daniel Radcliffe had a lot to live up to in his first post-Potter role, and to give him credit, he did a good job as a young, inexperienced Edwardian solicitor. Unfortunately, I felt at times that he was a bit young looking for the role and not quite believable as a father. He definitely has the potential for long-term success, but I think it’s a case having some growing into his career and adult roles to do still. I’m also very proud of my self control – I didn’t shout ‘Use your wand Harry!’ once!!

Despite being rather terrified at points (the very reactive audience around me probably upped the tension ante even more!), I really enjoyed the film, and it’s incredibly well-made. Watch if you dare!

  • peachesandnothing

    I saw that the other day, thought it was really good but the play is better, the play has a very slow start, the first half was a little boring, but the second half makes you jump so much more than the film! The whole theatre was screaming when I went. I wouldn't recomend holding your maltesers during the play if ever you go see it haha.x

  • Cheap Kicks

    I've wanted to see this for ages……I went yesterday but it had sold out, so will be trying again next week xxx

  • chazzehhh

    I can't wait to see this, I just hope that I love it as much as the play! Which if you haven't seen then you should because it's sooo good! (and one of the cheapest theatre productions to see in London)I'm glad to hear that they have stuck to the old school thriller feel, I think that must be a major selling point for it because I hate all the gorey slasher films these days!

    And thanks for the half price Glossycode, might give them a try next month!


  • Natalie –

    Oooooh I really want to see this!! Loads of people have told me how scary it it, but I quite like scary films in a strange way haha. Great review! x

  • Rachel, Cold Knees

    The play is great, definitely see it 🙂 But yes I just can't really see Daniel Radcliffe as a father, or even being able to look proper scared of something that isn't a dementor.. xx

  • Kim

    I want to see this, I love/hate watching scary films if you know what I mean! watch through my fingers!