Daniel Radcliffe plays a single parent who settles in for several nights of terror in "The Woman in Black."
Radcliffe plays Victorian Solicitor Arthur Kipps, a widower whose wife died during the birth of his son four years earlier. Despite warnings from the terrified locals, he takes up residence in a creepy old house to handle the affairs of the now deceased owner. When night falls, the supernatural world comes out, complete with wind-up toys, total darkness, and spooky images of a ghost.
Radcliffe is suited for this kind of film. The Harry Potter franchise has made him an expert in the art of looking frightened…and this is one scary house.
"The Woman in Black" is a creepy movie, leaving you wondering what is just beyond the camera framing. The pale makeup and creepy old-fashioned clothing only add to the suspense and the horror. The only problem I had was, well, Radcliffe. When he is not looking frightened he still seems too puppyish to convince me that he is a parent.
So the flick-o-meter gives "The Woman in Black" a decent three out of five.
It's hard for me to see Radcliffe in anything other than Harry Potter but he is committed to the character and he does a good job in his first post-Potter role. It is pretty scary.
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