(This review may contain spoilers).
I watched this film originally at the cinema and I remember there being a lot of teenage girls there, who I suspect didn’t realise exactly what this movie was about.
I just finished watching this film on television and I still don’t think it should be rated a 12. There’s an awful lot of violence and gore in this that I feel should have made the rating higher.
Women ghosts appear a lot in fiction. I can’t say how true this is to the book, but despite the rating mistake, I do think it was quite a good entertaining, scary film.
There are some jumpy moments in this film, but there’s not really a lot of mystery involved – no real twists. And, of course, as soon as you see the ghost, the scare of the mystery is gone.
There are a couple of moments that I do feel are done particularly well – such as when a little boy starts talking through the mouth of an older woman. I felt that that was suitably creepy. Daniel Radcliffe does a particularly good job in this film, too – it was the first thing I saw him in after the Harry Potter films. The other actors do a good job, too, though the film does suffer from no one actively telling the hero exactly what’s going on.
This works as a psychological thriller, but I didn’t particularly like the ending. And it’s worse than the rating would lead you to expect – so if you’re thinking about watching this, just take that into account. (And, yes, it has creepy little child ghosts as well).