Saturday, May 26, 2012

Woman In Black

Woman in Black is a good old fashioned ghost story. Why shouldn't it be one one of the companies involved is the newly reformed Hammer studios. The trips across the benighted moors wouldn't look out of place in a Cushing/Lee film. Sort gave me a sense of nostalgia.

The film's plot is pretty standard. Troubled man who has lost his wife and is trying to raise his son is giving the job of going through the papers at an old mansion to put them in order. Of course the place is haunted and there's a tragic past that must be discovered.

Traditional ghost stories are often like mysteries stories and this is no exception. Our hero much figure out who the mysterious woman in black is and why is she still haunting the world. In finding these things out he might be able to avoid a grim fate.

This film is well acted and has beautiful sets and photography. It might seem to drag a little to younger viewers but I welcome a film that doesn't have MTV shakey cam every other shot. I could do well with a few more "retro" films like this.

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