Boy meets ghoul
Radcliffe does a supremely bad job of portraying a recently widowed father and deeply afflicted solicitor haunted by a vengeful lady ghost who tempts children in a 19th-century English town to a self-inflicted and violent death. Despite this surfeit of infanticide, the film fails to evoke any emotion. Audible jolts are the only effective scare tactic. And then there are the unintentionally comic moments as our boy wizard-turned-solicitor grapples with adult visions of the afterlife.
The Woman in Black (Die Frau in Schwarz) | Directed by James Watkins (UK 2012) with Daniel Radcliffe. Starts March 29