A haunted hero
AFTER a decade wielding a wand in the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe is all grown up and sinking his teeth into the more adult side of the business. His first big- boy piece is an old- school gothic ghost story from the Hammer studio that gives the young actor a chance to shed the wizardy persona and get into something with a little more edge. He stars as a troubled young lawyer who travels from London to an isolated homestead in a superstitious community to finalise a deceased estate. It’s while working that he learns of the tragedy that befell the deceased woman and why the locals are all terrified for the safety of their children. Radcliffe plays the haunted hero well and is able to carry this through, despite any real plot surprises. Floorboards creak, rocking chairs come to life on their own, apparitions appear and plenty of things go bump in the night and the creepy atmosphere and production design are married together well.
Extras: ★½ A short featurette on Radcliffe and his role.
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