Bottom Line: Harry, the Ministry has deemed it acceptable to cast the Killing Curse upon The Woman in Black.
Directed by: James Watkins
Starring: Ciaran Hinds, Daniel Radcliffe, Ellisa Walker-Reid, Emma Shorey, Janet McTeer, Jessica Raine, Misha Handley, Molly Harmon, Roger Allam, Sophie Stuckey
As I watched THE WOMAN IN BLACK, a thought occurred to me: Why haven’t I given up on modern horror movies yet? The answer came, but not all too quickly. It’s because of the few horror films (i.e. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and INSIDIOUS) that actually manage to put the genre to an effective use. It’s sad that actor Daniel Radcliffe has officially retired from his recurring performances as Harry Potter, yet as we watch the film, we’re hoping that Radcliffe still had his wand to put this boring film out of its misery. It’s as if the writer conceived the idea after watching several “ghost story” horror films. The end product is basically THE OTHERS, except it gives no regard to entertaining its audience and has few variations that it can claim as its own. It’s quite probable that THE WOMAN IN BLACK does have a few new twists to offer, but I could not name a single one of them if my life depended on it, because none of them were terribly appealing or memorable.