Good, Bad & Ugly Review: The Woman In Black

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 64% (Critics) / 63% (Audience)
Directed By: James Watkins
Written By: Jane Goldman
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer and Ciarán Hinds
Studio: CBS Films

Synopsis: A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. (Source)

The Good:
Harry Potter sporting a wicked pair of Sam Winchester sideburns was interesting to see.

The Bad:
This movie was like watching a documentary on paint drying. Nothing of note happens for almost the entire film aside from shadowy figures appearing behind Radliffe or shadowy figures appearing far away from Radcliffe. Oh yeah and there are loud footsteps and rocking chairs that movie on their own. Oooooh scary!!! I wanted to shoot myself as I sat repeatedly staring at my watch wishing for this torture to end.

The Ugly:
The most egregious sin of a horror movie is that instead of being scary it ends up being boring and the one thing I became painfully aware of rather quickly was that this movie was not going to be scary in the least but it was going to work extra hard at being boring. Also that ending was such a pile of crap. Aside from the Woman in Black being revealed to be an ungrateful cow, the whole reuniting dead people with their loved ones made dying seem like a pretty swell thing and made me think that the WIB must have been doing people favors this whole time by killing them.

Final Verdict: A dreadfully boring attempt to mimic classic 1950s English horror that left me cold. I don’t care how much of an homage or throwback the director was trying to do, there is no excuse for the nearly hour long period of nothing happening that the audience has to sit through. No matter how much Merchant-Ivory style dressing up was done the bottom line is that this movie blows chunks. F

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