Sophie McDermott critically reviews The Woman in Black, a horror film starring Daniel Radcliffe.


The Woman In Black Film Review


In the past few years, the film industry have failed to come up with an original and truly terrifying movie plot that was guaranteed to cause you sleepless nights as promised in the trailers. With epic fails such as ‘The Ring’, ‘Paranormal Activity’ and ‘Hostel’, it’s hardly surprising that not much faith remains for a horror flick that really does give you the fright of your life.

But for those who are losing the faith, ‘The woman in Black’ is a horror that might just give you the scare you need. Set in the 1800s, this film is a glorified mixture of terror and suspense from start to finish. Daniel Radcliffe stars as the lead role of  a grief-stricken widowed father who is struggling to balance his responsibilities at home and at work.

When I first heard that Radcliffe was going to be the main character, immediately I didn’t have much hope for this movie. However, now I can honestly say I was wrong, and believe me, this doesn’t happen very often.  Radcliffe captures the role perfectly and gives you a sense of empathy with the character from the opening scene.

While ‘The woman in Black’ may start off slow and a bit boring, it quickly speeds up half an hour into the movie. From then on, you’ll be in the edge of your scene, wondering what will happen next?!

The characters in the movie further deliver the atmosphere of defence with their odd behaviour and obvious fear.  With every character we meet, comes a further question of who, what, where, when?

Without giving too much away, the goose bumps you feel while watching this movie will be nothing you’ve ever experienced before. Even, those of a strong demeanour will find themselves with their faces in the sleeves, not wanting to know what will pop out next at you.

This movie must definitely receive a 9/10. The creepy ambience, the odd characters and the old scenery all add up to make this a truly spectacular horror film but be warned, those of a nervous deposition may want to give this movie a wide berth.