Scary is IN.
Truly chilling, frightening cinema is hard to come by—a genuinely fear-inducing movie is a difficult thing to produce nowadays due to how familiar audiences have become with the ins and outs of the genre. This is why many films opt for the crossover: horror-comedies, horromances, histhorrorcal fiction. But The Woman in Black looks to be a classic stab at surging audiences' hearts (or perhaps a surge at stabbing them). However, this doesn't mean it'll be devoid of anything beyond cheap shocks. The scariest things of all don't arise from surface value "Boo" moments, but from carefully crafted psychological disarray.
This will be Daniel Radcliffe's first role since the Harry Potter series ended with Deathly Hallows Part 2 (and only his third big screen non-Potter role altogether), and it is with no uncertainty that I predict he'll make this role his own. It's courageous for an actor to jump right into a conflicting niche role after years of being recognized for one character in particular—to few actors does this curse really apply to the same degree that it does to Radcliffe. How many franchises have spanned eight movies without any reboots or major cast changes?
So, applause to you, Daniel. After this, I think it'll be easier for him to be accepted in a Potterless world: playing comedic heroes, romantic interests, historical figures.
So this movie is a good step for two things: the horror genre and Daniel Radcliffe, both of which have a lot more to show us than we may think. Enjoy the trailer, and click here to check out the creepy motion poster on Entertainment Weekly.