Daniel Radcliffe's Victorian solicitor is tasked with sorting probate of the recently deceased owner of a foreboding manor house in the back of beyond. Gradually, he uncovers dark secrets of a previously dead resident whose ominous presence has the inhabitants of the nearby village seriously oppressed. The villagers are not exactly welcoming of the Radcliffe's visitor but if he thought they were unfriendly, it tames by comparison when he visits the deserted mansion....
Highly reminiscent of The Haunting (1963), this film is more about what you hear and see in the shadows rather than gratuitous horror, and so effective it is, not like the dire The Haunting 1999 remake. Also heavily influenced by The Innocents and The Others the menace is turned up to 11 and when it gets going the tension and jumps come with hair-on-end regularity.
The cast is all suitably grim, but Radcliffe is a revelation and a million miles from Harry Potter. He proves he can both carry the weight of the film (he is in every scene) and the weight of the dour widower seriously hassled by the malevolent ghost of the title.
A film which will possibly be even scarier in your darkened lounge over the cinema this is highly recommended.