Screening Room – THE WOMAN IN BLACK

(KTSF by Sean Au)

Over the past 11 years, Daniel Radcliffe has been known for playing Harry Potter in 8 blockbuster series. In his first project post-Potter, Radcliffe chooses to star in the Victorian-Gothic horror movie, THE WOMAN IN BLACK.

Set in early twentieth century northen England, lawyer Arthur loses his wife in labor, leaving him to care for the toddler on his own. In an effort to keep his job, Arthur has to make a trip to the countryside to find the paperwork of an abandonned mansion. Arthur learns that many children die after seeing a woman dressed in black. During his daring stay in the mansion, Arthur discovers the explanation behind the deaths and decides to help the woman move on.

As a horror movie, THE WOMAN IN BLACK, succeeds through the creation of a lingering menacing force that lingers throughout the movie. It follows very closely the structure of movies of this genre, albeit with a really slow buildup and a somewhat satisfying payoff. Perhaps catering to the young fans of Radcliffe, this movie is rated PG-13, and is not particularly bloody nor is it as frightening as it looks in the movie trailer.

This leaves us to focus on Daniel Radcliffe. At 22 years old, it is a bit of a stretch to see him as the father of a young toddler. It makes fathers of presentday toddlers wish they have as few lines on their faces as Radcliffe. His pale, serious-looking face with razor-sharp eyes makes us feel the father’s agony and pain. Hopefully, this will be the start of an eventful career for this promising actor.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Video courtesy of CBS Films.

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