This is a genuinely creepy and suspenseful adaptation of the book by Susan Hill. The bleak, chilling and lifeless gothic landscapes and architecture emphasise the isolation and helplessness of the young lawyer.
I loved it. Hammer still has it and I was legitimately creeped out. The story was simple but the atmosphere and cinematography were enough to keep me off balance before blindsiding me with an ending that I really should've seen coming. I love seeing movies do so much with so little.
Quite effective in its scares and creepiness, but overall bit ridiculous. Ask the movie "why?" and it falls to pieces. For instance, while Radcliffe indeed gives a good performance, his character is essentially nothing more than a guinea pig for the audience. Why is he opening that door? Why is he going up those stairs? "Because the script told me to" would be the most likely answer.
For Hammer House’s return to filmmaking, a tired recycling of haunted house clichés was a bad start. The atmosphere of the film and Ciarán Hinds made the film worth viewing, but this felt less like a Hammer film than a carbon copy of the tedious horror movies being made now, jump scares and all.
Yes, Daniel Radcliffe is an actual actor and not only Harry Potter. Yes, Hammer Horror is back in style, with an old-school balls-to-the-walls vengeful ghost plot. Otherwise, be prepared to still think to yourself, "Why don't you just cast a Patronus?" -- PolarisDiB
It's a beautiful, well-made film, but ultimately a waste of time. It tacks on a sort-of happy ending where people get what they want. The ghost is not a problem you solve. The ghost is a problem that you die from.
It was surprisingly easy to look past the Harry Potter franchise associated with Daniel Radcliffe's face, which is key for enjoyment. Otherwise, the ghostly apparitions and jump scares were aplenty (and really a lot of fun). The soundtrack was eerie and the production design was drab and misty (just like you'd expect from a ghost story). Overall it was a surprisingly entertaining movie.