The Woman in Black trailer
The trailer for The Woman in Black could be said to be an abject lesson in creepiness, and it's almost perfectly made, there are perhaps a couple of beats that could be different, the howling wind toned down a little and the voice of the child lowered, but these are very small points in an otherwise superb trailer.
This does look like it could be a welcome return of strong, psychological horror to British film. Finally we may be done with the comedy gore, and with it Daniel Radcliffe can say goodbye to Harry in one film.
The film is a remake of the 1989 television film of the same name, or rather it's a new adaptation of the novel by Susan Hill, adapted by Jane Goldman who is notably without writing partner Matthew Vaughn.
James Watkins directs, and you may know him for directing Eden Lake which he also wrote, and he's been responsible for writing My Little Eye, Gone and The Descent: Part II, which is not the best of his crop.
Throw in a cast that has Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer and Shaun Dooley, and I think we're looking at a strong film. Oh, perhaps you're not convinced, well have a look at the trailer which builds slowly and carefully, doesn't reveal too much, and any scares that it has are delivered at an excellent pace and show just enough. I love it.
The film tells the story of a young lawyer who heads out to a remote village where he is to close the estate of a recently deceased client. There he discovers that the house is haunted, and the ghost is seeking revenge.
Here's the trailer for The Woman in Black:
Seriously, how good is that? I have to say I'm always desperate for some good horror/thriller films and British cinema hasn't really been delivering them at the top end for some time. Could this be a sign of things to come?