Wednesday, January 25, 2012

High Expectations for "The Woman in Black"

It is rare that I have such high anticipation for a film, especially in the horror genre. While it is my favorite genre of film, horror seems to be in a bit of a slump lately with only one good horror film, if any, per year. Let me give you the reasons this film should be good. Please, please, please, Woman in Black, be the first good horror film of 2012.

First of all, this film is part of the return of Hammer horror. Hammer was a producer of British horror films in the way back when and itself created it's own subgenre of horror films.

Secondly, the actors and filmmakers are actually talking about the film. There is something hopeful when the filmmaker and actors are taking pride in their work. Radcliffe elaborated by saying that he chose the role because:
"It was certainly not a part that people can really compare to Harry… But [the] main attraction, to be honest, was simply the story, and how compelling it was, and being a part of a really, really good horror film." 

Thirdly, the film is based on a book and the author is writing the screenplay. This could also be a reason for failure, but I have hopes because the book has already been turned into a successful play and made-for-tv-movie. It would seem that this story actually has substance and isn't just a horror film that is trying to make easy money. Again, I parry to Radcliffe, who describes it as:
"A character-driven, well-written horror film that had the capability of being just as scary as any 'Paranormal Activity,' or any of those films that have recently come out,  while also having a depth of character that you don't often find there."
See the feature below for more Radcliffe and more glimpses of The Woman in Black.

The Woman in Black will be released in theaters February 3rd.


  1. for me the trailer is very strong in the sense that it's going to scare you... then the dreaded pg-13 comes up. great yes, i know harry potter is in a scary type film... lets appeal to the kids/teens. though many pg-13 films have proven to rock... maybe this will too.


    1. I'm going to commit a critic fail by saying that I totally forgot this was PG-13 movie. hah

      I guess I've been paying less attention to the ratings after "Insidious" was so well done for a PG-13 film and "Don't be Afraid of the Dark" was such a waste of an R.