It doesn’t really offer anything new, but this adaptation is fittingly traditional and effectively eerie.

A young lawyer (Radcliffe) travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorner woman is terrorizing the locals. — (C) CBS Films

The movie starts with all the elements of a typical ghost story. A grief stricken lawyer, played by Daniel Radcliffe, goes to a remote village to settle the affairs of a deceased widow. Upon arrival he is greeted by hostile villagers, helped by a couple who hints at something terrible in the small town, sees an omen but still refuses to leave, and discovers an old tragic story involving rich people with the creepy house.

Even though it’s traditional to a fault, that isn’t to say that the movie doesn’t you give you the creeps.

There’s no gore or CGI here, but tension is built gradually through the spooky atmosphere and background. There’s a combination of classic and new scares (creepy dolls, ghost appearances and some creative surprises) that will make you look behind your shoulder.

The cast provides solid performances. Daniel Radcliffe does well as a weary lawyer, although at times he looks too young to play the part. The woman in black is imposing in every scene, but still makes you curious enough on what’s her story.

The ending renders the whole movie pointless, but it’s a decent closure for the character.

The main problem here is that moviegoers who are used to a steady diet of gore and CGI will find the old school ghost story boring.

Preferences aside, The Woman in Black is a straightforward yet effective horror film.

My Rating: 7/10

Alternative Movie Poster by Matt Needle

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