Thursday, November 24, 2016

Day 24: The Woman In Black

I feel this is an overlooked entry into the latter day horror genre, even though it was apparently popular enough to spawn a sequel. I feel like audiences still don't take Daniel Radcliffe seriously as anyone other than Harry Potter but I think he does a fine job here as a lawyer sent to clean out the estate of a dead client. After a series of creepy visions, children in the nearby village start dying under mysterious circumstances and he keeps getting the blame.

This is a good, old-fashioned, meat and potatoes ghost story. The mystery of the ghost must be solved and then the danger either will or won't end (depending on the type of ghost story). The supporting cast is quite capable and I believe this was Hammer studios comeback attempt after being masters of the genre for so long in the 70s. If you need a good spooky story for a rainy night, you could do worse than this.
By the way, today is Thanksgiving (or Halloween 2.0) where we indulge our gluttony not in candy but in turkey flesh. Usually, the scariest thing that happens today is having to talk with the extended family.

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