Well this looks...meh.
Well this looks...meh.
Woman in Black, The (2012) | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central
had really high hopes for this, and it's looking good.
Going to be seen as boring by those going solely because of Radcliffe, but I really hope this does well. I would love to see a return to smart horror movies.But overall it's Watkins' complete understanding of what makes The Woman in Black such a popular story for some thirty years now and his complete respect for Hill's original work that allow this latest adaptation to succeed. And despite many people's reservations about releasing a turn-of-the-century horror tale for modern audiences, Watkins and his leading man Radcliffe have both succeeded in making a truly haunting classic ghost story that is also an effective modern horror film without ever needing to rely on CGI or intrusive music cues.
And while many hardened genre audiences may not enjoy the subtlety and slow-burn approach of the film, classic horror fans who have been clamoring for more from the esteemed Hammer House of Horror will no doubt find The Woman in Black to be a scream once it arrives in theaters this Friday, February 3rd.
Dorothy (Short, 2011) | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central
Oh I wanna see this.This 15-minute Australian short manages to accomplish more in a quarter of an hour than many films do in an hour and a half. Dorothy is a film that drops us into a situation loaded with mystery and real tension. What we have are two men dressed as clowns apparently being held captive by a little girl and her doll. Of course, the little girl happens to be demon possessed, and the doll is more than it appears to be as well.
All you coulrophobics out there will love seeing the clown population finally getting their comeuppance. For too long clowns have been the aggressors in horror films, scaring the holy hell out of everyone. For once the big floppy shoe is on the other foot. And there's nothing sadder than a scared clown.
The clowns are tasked with one simple chore to escape. All they have to do is make Dorothy laugh. That's it. Should be easy, right? That's what they do. Unfortunately, Dorothy is a bit twisted and isn't amused by pratfalls and squirting carnations. She more apt to giggle at split skulls and oozing brains. Quite the conundrum our clowns find themselves in. We are never actually told how the clowns managed to get themselves into this pickle of a situation, but it really doesn't matter. The film explains just enough, and we sit back and enjoy the experience.
Dorothy takes some unexpected turns that are really entertaining. And the ending is great! Unexpected and unavoidable at the same time. There's not much in the way of blood or gore in this one, but it's not really needed. Dorothy is a quick shot, psychological mind screw. Really entertaining in spite of its brief running time. Well done!
Yes, you should. Don't judge the ending too harshly...there's a segment where the budget really shows. It worked for me because it had a weird feel to it but I have heard others(who are too used to cgi) say it looked cheap. And, if you haven't seen it, Dead Silence is an awesome flick. From the same guys and they have all but disowned it, in error if you ask me.
The Quietus | Features | A Quietus Interview | "The Horror In Music Comes From The Silence" - John Carpenter Interviewed
Not a bad read at all.Horror movie auteur John Carpenter is a long time hero of the Quietus' so we were made up when he agreed to talk to Joseph Burnett about how he approaches his film music
Review: 'The Woman In Black' A Smart, Stylish & Atmospheric Old School Horror Film | The Playlist
Looks promising.Penned by Jane Goldman ("X-Men: First Class," "Kick-Ass") and directed by James Watkins ("Eden Lake"), "The Woman In Black" is a satisfyingly old-school horror movie in nearly every aspect of the production from script to screen. The story by Goldman unfolds with a slow burn of dread and an increasingly compelling air of mystery, all rooted in the kind of character work we rarely expect from the genre. While Radcliffe will likely be under a ton of scrutiny in his first post-'Potter' lead role, many will dismiss his turn as one-dimensional, but that would be a mistake. His character is so deeply scarred by loss, that it has rendered him incapable of any other feeling. Even his son, in his crude crayon illustrations, can only draw him frowning. While "The Woman In Black" earns it scares, it's elevated by a thematic undercurrent about the devastation that death can forever leave on the living.