There are two breeds of horror movie nowadays: those that aim to give you a jolt via ghastly kills and those that aim to send shivers down your spine using old-school atmospheric techniques. Next year's The Woman in Black clearly falls into the latter category.
Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe is officially leaving his days at Hogwarts behind him with The Woman in Black - and he's got the facial hair to prove it. Judging by the film's latest teaser trailer, it was a good move on his part.
Here is an official synopsis for The Woman in Black:
"The Woman in Black" follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe), who is ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased client's papers. As he works alone in the client's isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover tragic secrets, his unease growing when he glimpses a mysterious woman dressed only in black. Receiving only silence from the locals, Kipps is forced to uncover the true identity of the Woman in Black on his own, leading to a desperate race against time when he discovers her true intent.
Now check out the second Woman in Black teaser (via Yahoo! Movies) below:
Spooky monkey dolls playing instruments, creepy little girl voiceover, shadowy haunted houses, foggy surroundings, mysterious eyeless specters - seriously, this Woman in Black trailer includes just about every supernatural horror story cliché or trope in the book and uses it to unnerving effect. That also means that Radcliffe gets to spend most of his time either looking mildly disconcerted or fleeing for his life, but it's pretty easy to sympathize with the guy. After all, who wouldn't run around like a pansy if they were trapped in a creaky house in the middle of a grimy bog, surrounded by freaky little kids and a seemingly mad-as-hell ghost?
Woman in Black director James Watkins has only been at the helm of one other film (Eden Lake), but he appears to have done an excellent job of executing plenty of old-but-golden scary movie filmmaking techniques here. Likewise, so long as screenwriter Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) has done a good job of adapting Susan Hill's original novel into an engaging mystery tale where the inevitable twists and turns aren't readily predictable, The Woman in Black could be a memorable new addition to the ghost story genre.
"Haunted house" flicks have been making somewhat of a comeback recently, between the success of Insidious and upcoming titles like The Woman in Black, Dream House, and this month's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. Not all of those soon-to-be-released titles seem equally promising, but it's a good time for horror fans who like films that try to give them nightmares after the fact - and not just make them jump when a character is brutally murdered during the movie.
The Woman in Black arrives in U.S. theaters on February 3rd, 2012. It will hit UK theaters a week later, on February 10th.
Source: Yahoo! Movies