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Hammer is back,
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This review is from: The Woman in Black [DVD] (DVD)
Hammer began in the 50s and died a death after reigning as Kings of Horror. When they were resurrected, wisely they did not showcase their disappointing Wakewood but went ahead with the proven Scandinavian 'Let Me In'. The Japanese long ago realised that there is a huge market for the old fashioned creepy tale and Hammer turned to the classic 'Woman In Black' to revive the Gothic haunted house theme. And with what gusto! The first half is kept tense with bangs and effects and clever camera angles - all contrived of course, but stylish and skilfully managed to keep the nervous viewer on the edge of the seat. Atmospheric and engaging, the movie suceeds by merit of its cinematography and its attention to detail, so much so that you readily forgive some of the staged shock effects. The success of the production has settled the point - the old ghost story begs to be reborn and in the Gothic sphere there is plenty by MR James, Algernon Blackwood et al for them to continue to produce top quality hauntings for years to come if they so wished. Welcome back, Hammer!
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Initial post: 8 Sep 2013 08:58:37 BDT
unfortunately the picture is A big mess. Daniel Radcliffe is a Harry Potter who seems to have gone to a house where every door he opens reveals more and more rotting timber. it all takes place in the dark except for one light which Radcliffe carries around. Radcliffe stands around very nicely shaved and his trousers nicely pressed completely relaxed . Its perfect as a 12 because the teenage girls will love the picture of Radcliffe's torso.Cut or uncut german or american the movie is bad because radcliffe is hopelessly miscast.
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