Because of my back issues I can’t really go to the cinema to watch films and I was gutted not to go see this one and patiently awaited its DVD release.
Now I will be honest when I finally put it into the Dvd player I had mixed feelings, I had read all the great reviews but the certification at age 12 suggests thhis wasn’t going to be that scary.
Sadly I was left disappointed, Radcliffe puts in a creditable performance as Arthur Kipps, a young widower sent to sell some real estate with its own dark hidden past. Infact to be fair the whole cast perform well its just that it wasn’t scary.
I really wanted to love this but I didn’t I liked it and it was a pleasant way to pass a couple of hours it just failed to make me jump. Sadly the ending is also blatently set up for a sequel which leaves the feeling that this was far more about making money than adapting a great book and play. I do want to read the book now there was enough potential in the film for me to see what a good book it should be and a friend of mine that has seen the play on the stage in the West End raved about the stage version.
This has left me wondering if the people making the film held back on the scare factor in order to get the lower rating, I would hate to think that was the case but with the casting of Radcliffe who of course recently concluded his role as Harry Potter the film would naturally attract his fans from that series.
Rating 3.5 stars out of 5 which is a shame as I believe it could have been so much better.