It’s been a while since I wrote movie review…I don’t know why I suddenly lost interest in writing movie review…but fortunately I gained it back today
After my baby turtle Kame-chan passed away I had no desire to see English speaking movies, I watched Japanese dorama one after another (I haven’t reviewed the other 2 I have watched…soon)…but, the spell finally broke when my friend (@wdachi) asked me to watch The Woman in Black. I am not Daniel Radcliffe fan but I long for a good horror movie. Although I still haven’t watched other English speaking movie again (except for ones by Cillian and Benedict) but the dorama phase has finally broken. I will soon watch and review another English speaking movie while still keeping track with my collection of Dorama
Today I want to share 2 movies I have watched recently…both have something in common that is both are about frightening female and both are originally from a book.
Let’s just get on to it…shall we
I wasn’t even born yet
I have seen this movie ages ago but hardly remember anything about it anymore. I finally read the book on February and I really like it. Reading that book made me wanted to see the movie again. Old movies aren’t easy to come by here so I downloaded the movie (sorry) and watched it somewhere in the middle of February. I was busy and never got time to write the review but I still remember it clearly till today.
Carrie started with her being laughed as she had her first period in the school’s shower room. Their P.E teacher stopped it and helped Carrie. She was sent to her home only to be scolded by her mother. Her religion fanatic mother blamed Carrie for her period, she told her it was a sin…first the blood then the lust.
The P.E teacher threatened the girls who were laughing at Carrie with suspension. Chris, one of the girls, hated Carrie so much and swore to get her back. Meanwhile, Sue, also laughing at Carrie, felt deep regret and wanted to make up for what she had done. She asked her boyfriend to take Carrie to the prom.
I am sure you can guess what happened next. Chris and her boyfriend did their mischief while Sue and her boyfriend tried to make Carrie happy…both intertwined in a bad way and Carrie let her power loose and created hell.
I did mention that I have read the book and therefore a comparison is hard to avoid. Compared to The Shining, I like Carrie adaptation much better…it still stayed true to the book. The movie erased some amazing details from the book but it was pretty understandable considering the year it was made. The movie only showed how Carrie destroyed the school where as the book showed her destroying the whole town. I was a bit disappointed with the lack of action in the movie but then I realized how it was difficult to do back then. I heard rumour of remaking this movie…I hope the new one can create the same hell as the book.
The action might not be equal to the book but Sissy Spacek was freaking amazing!! She was awesome as Carrie. She was Carrie!! I like how she portrayed Carrie’s innocent and shy personality. And then she turned evil just by staying stiff and look at people with her big eyes…she was scary just by looking at people. Honestly, I am not sure anyone can replace Spacek as Carrie. I wonder who will become the next Carrie, whoever she is it’s going to be tough to defeat Spacek’s image as Carrie. Unfortunately for Travolta, he didn’t do well as Billy Nolan.
Director: Brian De Palma
Based on: “Carrie“ by Stephen King
Starring: Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, Piper Laurie
Release date: November 3, 1976
Carrie’s trailer is full of spoiler
The Woman in Black (2011)
I didn’t know it’s from a book when I went to see it. I knew it after I searched it in Wikipedia, I then remembered reading a book review about it but I couldn’t remember on which blog was it. (New Update: Caroline reminds me that I read the review in her blog … go and check her review in Beauty Is A Sleeping cat)
The story is bout Arthur Kipps who went to a small village to sort out the selling of Eel Marsh House. The locals were unwelcoming but he befriended with the wealthiest man in the village. Despite the way he was treated there, Kipps continued his business because he had financial problem. He went to the house which had been abandoned and looked incredibly dirty. In that big house, he saw a silhouette of a woman wearing all black but he couldn’t find the woman anywhere.
When he returned to the village, a little girl died. The locals blamed him for her death because the people believed when someone saw the woman in black a child near that area would die afterward. Kipps was intrigued by it and tried to find out what had really happened. He stayed one night at the house and found out who the woman in black was and why she caused the death of so many children in the village.
I like the story a lot, after seeing it I wanted to find the book (it was written by Susan Hill) and feel the thrill through my own imagination…trust me, reading a horror book is much scarier than seeing it because our brain can create a far better imagination than the seeing image on the screen. The story kinda reminds me of The Ring by Suzuki Koji. They are not the same but the way the curse keeps circling is similar.
The scary atmosphere was delivered really well, I especially like the opening where the three girls walked through the window…the back sound was perfect and it gave me a chill. There were also scenes that made people gasp, the scene with the rocking chair was the best gasp of all…loving it very much. On the actor aspect…hmmm sorry to say I am still not impressed with Daniel’s acting. He is better than the first time I saw him in Harry Potter but he still hasn’t awed me yet. Maybe one day he could be great but at this time not yet.
I should tell you that western movies rarely scared me as they like to use monsters and they don’t frighten me at all. The Woman in Black came so close to scare me like Asian Horror did. Ghost is still the one that scares me more than anything in horror movies. I am now looking for the book and ready to be frightened by it
Director: James Watkins
Based on: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer, Sophie Stuckey, Liz White
Release date(s): 3 February 2012 (United States), 10 February 2012 (United Kingdom), March 2012 (Indonesia)
Better not watch the trailer fully because it gives all the good part away. I always avoid horror trailer till I saw the real movie.
So…have you seen these movies or read the book? Please share your thoughts about the movie/the book with me.