Feb. 18th, 2012

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Went to see The Woman in Black this afternoon. It is utterly, brilliantly, fucking scary, and should not be a 12A. It should be at least a 15, and I'd almost say it should be an 18, except that probably 15-18s would be less freaked by some parts of it than adults would be. My almost-thirteen-year-old had his eyes closed most of the time, and he'll watch terror and gore that turns my stomach. My fifteen-year-old had his ears covered half the time (he's weird like that). As for me, I never swear in front of the youngest, but despite the fact that he was sitting right next to me, the various shocks and frights had me completely unable to stop myself coming out with things like "fucking hellfire" and "Jesus Christ".

There were several moments where practically the whole cinema jumped and about ten percent (including me) gasped or shrieked in shock. After about an hour, I was wrung out, and couldn't watch the scary bits any more. I was covering my eyes every time the music got worked up.

Having said all that, it is an excellent film, truly. As soon as I got out of the cinema I was regretting the bits I'd missed - I just couldn't take so much suspense and fear in such a short time. Daniel Radcliffe is very good indeed - at no point did I feel I was watching a child actor grown up, I was just watching an actor who had the part nailed, and was indeed very watchable. This film will do his transition to an adult film career no harm at all.

In case you haven't read any other reviews, this film is horror the ooold-fashioned way: lots and lots of tension and atmosphere till you're so strung out that you'll jump at almost anything. Even though I couldn't hack it for the whole film, I still thoroughly recommend it. It simply is a very good film.

Oh, and the Woman herself is apparently played by Liz White, but I have to admit that all the scenes with her were so scary that I never actually got a look at her face.





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