The Woman in Black

Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe) in The Woman in Black Hammer Horror’s latest film is a major success and a brilliant genre film that provides enough chills to satisfy genre fans.

Recently widowed lawyer Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe) reluctantly leaves his young son in London when his law firm demands that he head to a remote village in the north of England where the decaying Eel Marsh House resides and deal with the will of the recently deceased Mrs. Drablow. When he gets there he encounters hostile and superstitious locals living in fear of some threat that seems to be connected to a mysterious woman in black. Soon he suffers terrifying visions and begins to uncover a dark story connected to the house and its former residents.

A Cluttered Room in The Woman in Black After a string of films set in modern times like “Let Me In”, Hammer Horror has returned to its roots with an old fashioned tale involving gothic houses, superstitious rustic locals and supernatural threats.

The film is based on a highly successful book by the writer Susan Hill (my mother is a major fan so she must be good). It has been quite influential as it has spawned a television series and a long-running stage play in London’s West End. Jane Goldman, who adapted Kick Ass and Star Dust, works her magic here by changing elements of the book and making it more cinematic according to my mother.

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Japanese Film Trailers and Toronto International Film Festival

After last weeks single trailer there has been a veritable flood and the line-up of films at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival looks awesome. I’ve focussed on the Japanese trailers, some of which I have already posted before, so if you like Japanese films read on!

HOLD IT! Done in the style of Phoenix Wright

Oh yeah, yesterday my entry for Front Room Cinema’s World Icon’s Tour went live. The chap I selected was Kiyoshi Kurosawa and I had a lot of fun writing about him so expect a series of reviews based on his films. Anyway, back to the post!

Oh how I wish I lived in Toronto. Not because of the high quality of life and the beautiful women seen in Scott Pilgrim but because of the Toronto International Film Festival. This year’s lineup of films has been announced but I’ll focus on the Japanese films which look impressive:

Himizu – Dir. Sion Sono

From Up on Poppy Hill – Dir. Goro Miyazaki

A Letter to Momo – Dir. Hiroyuki Okiura

Smuggler – Dir. Katushito Ishii

Monsters Club – Dir. Toyoda Toshiaki

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