I confess that I didn't know in advance that this film was made by Hammer Film Productions. If I had known, I might have thought twice about seeing it at the cinema.
Don't get me wrong, I love Hammer Horrors for what they are, but I would have unfairly pre-judged the genre as inappropriate for this story.
As a child growing up in the 1970s, I sneaked a look at more than my fair share of this company's film output. I have enduring memories of Vincent Price's Dracula; dark, haunted houses; screams and buckets of blood; then buxom beauties, with heaving chests, waiting for swash-buckling men to save them from the monsters.
All of which did not suggest to me a company capable of matching Susan Hill's psychological subtleties and 'did that really just happen' mood setting. Hand on heart, I will admit that I was wrong. They did pull it off.
There were a lot of effects and angles which did recall those legendary, vintage British horror films. If I'd remained ignorant of the fact that Hammer produced them, then I'd have assumed a cultural influence. But they seemed more sophisticated, like the company had grown up along with myself.
The movie is rated 12a in Britain, which means that under twelves can only view it in the presence of an adult. That seemed about right to me. The gore is implied, rather than shown; while the frights are more of the jump out and startle you variety.
Hammer applies the same restraint that Susan Hill showed, in that many opportunities for being startled are skipped. This simply adds to the tension, as no-one is prepared when things actually do occur.
There were still more cheap tricks than I would have liked, but then I do prefer my ghost stories to be more understated. Nevertheless, I'll forgive them the few clunkier moments, because I left the cinema not disappointed by my time within it. Overall, they did Susan Hill proud and provided a wonderfully spine-chilling retelling of The Woman in Black.
I thought exactly the same beforehand, but it's honestly alright. Once you get past him going north on a train (about the third scene), then you forget he was ever Harry Potter.
I hope you enjoy it!
I saw trailer earlier, but didn't watch the movie yet. When I find some time for it, I will definitely give it a try. I love thriller movies and horrors. Daniel Radcliffe is the one who keeps me from watching this movie so far. :) I would be expecting Hermione and Ron to pop out from behind the corner in every scene. No, seriously, I will give it a try!
I don't blame you. It's one which I wouldn't mind seeing again.
Will definitely be watching this one at some point.
I don't that I do out and out horror anymore. Ghost stories or psychological thrillers are fine. Things like this and Silence of the Lambs, but not, say, Stephen King.
They still think that their teddy-bears and the bed sheets will protect them.
I also loved movies like this as a kid. Now I'll pass them up. What is it that makes kids braver?
I used to love them, as a favourite genre, when I was a kid. I must have watched everything that Hammer Horror put out, then moved onto the Twilight Zone and the slash horror of the 1980s. It wasn't just films. I'd vicariously read true and fictional ghost books, plus any horror that I could get past my parents.
I think that as you get older, you lose that suspension of belief, that turns unrealistic gore-fests into a decent film. Then you gain more compassion, because you can see what this would really be like, if you were in the middle of it. So I'm like you now. I'm more wary of horror. I've had my nightmares too!
Aww thank you. You say the sweetest things. <3
I am a chicken when it comes to horror movies. I dream about the things for weeks afterward! I used to watch them all the time when younger. I guess getting old has done that to me..LOL. Your review was wonderful - just as everything you write is wonderful!