Horror movies are my guilty pleasure and it takes a lot to scare me nowadays. This run-of-the-mill haunted house movie (chockfull of cheap scares) didn’t work for me at all.

It took forever to reveal the back story and the slow pacing further tested my patience. Creaking doors, rocking chairs, ghastly dead children, these were elements that we’ve all seen before. I was just waiting for the scene where a cat will jump out of the dark (another animal did the trick here).

Daniel Radcliffe and his wooden performance made me realize just how good the Harry Potter material was. And what was up with that woman in black? She was just being a bitch.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

(Originally published February 14, 2012.)

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