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Feb 9 12 4:13 PM
Feb 10 12 1:24 AM
Feb 10 12 5:54 AM
Anyone who's seen the TV version of The Woman In
Black will know which scene we're talking about - for me, it's one of the
most effective 'big' scares I've ever seen, and a quick look around the
internet (the IMDb boards in particular) would show you that I'm not alone in
Have to say, though - my advice to anyone who's not seen it,
and doesn't know much about it - DON'T go ruining it by trying to learn too
much about it in advance. A quick look on YouTube is all it takes to find the
scene in question, but if you watch it in isolation, you've spoiled it. In the
context of the film, it's devastatingly effective - but seen on its own, your
reaction might well be along the lines of 'Huh? Is THAT it?'…
I think the scene works so well for a number of reasons.
Firstly, the whole tone of the piece (stately, atmospheric) lulls you into a
false sense of security. The general style of the film is rather like one of
the BBC's Ghost Story For Christmas shorts from the early '70s - it's
obviously way too classy to hit you with anything too brash or obvious. And then,
quite late in the film, it hits you with a real whammy of a 'jump' shock.
This would be effective enough by itself, but the three or
four seconds that follow it really help to scare the crap out of you. I'm trying
not to give too much away - but as you naturally recoil from the woman
in black's sudden appearance, it's almost as though she's coming after you as
you slink back in your seat!
If the new Hammer film features anything half so impressive,
I'll be well pleased.
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Even discussions like this one tend to dissipate shocks a little just because they inform one that SOMETHING is going to happen. But that's the good and bad of discussion boards like this one.
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