Or: Harry Potter and Chekhov’s Beloved Child
Okay, that’s not entirely fair.
The Woman in Black is an old-fashioned ghost movie with a sound design so effective that your humble Narrators are still talking about more than a week later. It’s not a perfect film—we’ll get to that—but what it does, it does well.
Special Guest: Morris the Cat
Here be spoilers…
Our takeaways, with the full transcript after the jump:
chialynn 11:19 PM Obvious in ways I didn’t mind.
chris 11:19 PM I would say very creepy but not scary
chris 11:19 PM it’s that formula that relies on period. Phones and such make it not work
cathschaffstump 11:19 PM I concur, Chris.
cathschaffstump 11:20 PM Lots of really good sets and lighting.
cathschaffstump 11:20 PM Some really good acting.
chialynn 11:20 PM Novy just named the 3d animation and modeling package they used for the end credits.
george_galuschak 11:20 PM i liked it
cathschaffstump 11:20 PM I thought it was fine.
george_galuschak 11:20 PM it was effective at what it set out to do
chialynn 11:20 PM Good acting, effective use of the tropes, even when they were very clearly tropes.
chialynn 11:20 PM Creeped me the hell out.
chris 11:21 PM and yet… the tropes kept it from being scary
chris 11:21 PM too many scares that wouldn’t work without a BAM on the score
chris 11:21 PM It was mostly creepy-old-house atmospherics. And they played every card in that hand! who isn’t creeped out by old dolls, taxidermy, music boxes
chialynn 11:21 PM And… Kind of a happy ending?
cathschaffstump 11:21 PM Kind of.
chris 11:21 PM but then why go through all the shit with the car and the mud?
cathschaffstump 11:21 PM Trying to placate the woman.
chialynn 11:22 PM He thought he could change things. He couldn’t.
chris 11:22 PM did that even do anything?
george_galuschak 11:22 PM maybe she figured she was repaying him
george_galuschak 11:22 PM he wanted to be with his wife, she saw to it
cathschaffstump 11:22 PM Maybe. That’s an interesting take.
chialynn 11:22 PM But she did say “Never forgive.”
cathschaffstump 11:22 PM You gave me back my kid.
cathschaffstump 11:22 PM I give you back to your wife.
george_galuschak 11:22 PM sure
cathschaffstump 11:22 PM I like that.
chris 11:22 PM Well, we spent the entire film waiting for the other shoe to drop on Chekov’s beloved child
chris 11:22 PM and it did
chris 11:24 PM the child showing up just in time for the ending…
george_galuschak 11:23 PM yes, good ending
chialynn 11:23 PM Yes.
cathschaffstump 11:24 PM I still liked it, but I could see why some people might not.
cathschaffstump 11:25 PM So, I’m gonna recommend this one, but with some hesitation for those who don’t like their horror slow.
george_galuschak 11:25 PM i liked it. i will probably watch it again. i turned the sound down so i wouldn’t get too freaked
george_galuschak 11:25 PM the sound is the scariest thing about this movie
cathschaffstump 11:30 PM Agreed, George.
chialynn 11:25 PM I’m going to watch it again.
chialynn 11:26 PM I want to see some of the background stuff I missed.
chialynn 11:27 PM I like slow-build atmospheric horror.
chris 11:28 PM I’d say it’s passable. Not really a standout for me
cathschaffstump 11:29 PM I wouldn’t call it a great horror film.
cathschaffstump 11:29 PM But believe me, I’ve seen plenty worse.
chris 11:29 PM There’s the jacket quote. “I’ve seen plenty worse.” – Cath Schaff-Stump
chris 11:29 PM “Damning with faint praise indeed.”–Cath Schaff-Stump
chris 11:30 PM it wasn’t a waste of time. that’s my jacket quote