Rating [rating=3]  The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Ciaran Hinds, Janet McTeer, David Burke and Shaun Dooley is a well-crafted movie that supplies the armrest-gripping moments usually associated with less polished slasher filcks.

Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe), a widowed lawyer, whose grief over his lost love has put his job and family finances in peril, is sent by his firm to a remote village to put the affairs of a recently deceased recluse in order.  Kipps soon discovers that the house is haunted by the ghost of an angry soul that longs to wreak vengeance on the villagers (most specifically their children) as remuneration for something that was taken from her long ago. The terror-stricken Kipps makes the decision to stay in the perilous house and see his task through to safeguard his career as well as the safety of his own child.

Director James Watkins delivers a visually rich film, which, while not overly unique or impressive in its scripting, provides good old-fashioned and enjoyable jump-out-of-your-seat moments for everyone in the theater.  (Kudos as well to Mr. Radcliffe for managing not to give me quidditch-tournament-flashbacks, good luck to him in his post-Potter career!)



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