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Wayhomer Review #105: The Woman in Black

Daniel Radcliffe in The Woman in Black

Episode #105 for The Woman in Black, in which our protagonist gives thanks for a Hammer horror flick that feels like a Hammer horror flick, praises Daniel Radcliffe for transcending the Potterverse, and generally advises that watching horror films makes you know how to better deal with being in one.

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  • Two things-
    I was in the stage play of this particular show, and it ranks as one of my favorite shows that I’ve done in my life. It had a totally different- for lack of a better word- format than what I understand about the movie. In the play, there’s this guy Kipps who wants to tell his family a True Ghost Story, so he hires an actor to teach him how to act. The rest of the show, the young actor plays Kipps in the past, and Kipps in the present plays all the people with whom the actor-as-kipps interacts. All of that ties in to the totally awesome plot twist at the end, which I will not spoil here.
    I was a little disappointed, and didn’t think it would be that good when I learned that they were taking out the bits that actually would make the plot twist work, but I’ve heard nothing but good stuff about it since then, so I’ll have to give it a go. Thank you.
    2. On more of a technical note, and at least in my iTunes, I’m getting a 404 error when I try to download it. I don’t know if it’s just me, but if it’s something somewhere else, I thought you should know. If it is just me, disregard.

  • Loved this (having not read the novella or seen the ITV movie or the play which I now know exists). Had some initial trouble with Radcliff in the role, especially when they show him walking out of a door built into a staircase (which is lined with portraits) early on, but I got over that in a hurry. While Let Me In was hailed as the return of Hammer, this is the REAL return of Hammer. While there are a few cheap jump scares, the film really excels at subtle “just out of frame” scares. The centerpiece of the film where he decides to “spend the night” is almost unbearably creepy, to the point where I had to force myself not to just close my eyes and plug my ears until the audience around me stopped shouting. And I loved Arthur’s reaction to Sam after that sequence: “WHY the HELL did you let me stay there if you knew about this!?!”
    It’s a shame they seemed to run out of steam after that, and had to wrap up the story in 30 minutes or less.
    I did enjoy how the “twist ending” if you can call it that, knew it wasn’t a twist to anyone who has seen a ghost movie, and sort of went with it. No tension was relieved with their solution, until the last minute where what was to happen had already happened, and nothing could be done about it.