House of horror in film starring role

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STARS of blockbuster horror film The Woman In Black have praised the stately home near Oundle they used as its haunted house.

Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe led the praise for Cotterstock Hall, which was transformed into an overgrown haunted house for filming The Woman In Black.

The film went on general release yesterday and the foreboding house is key to providing a Gothic, hair-raising backdrop to the thriller.

The popular actor has spoken of his delight that the manor was chosen as the film’s location.

Daniel said: “Cotterstock Hall is a remarkable building bursting with Gothic grandeur – perfect for The Woman In Black.

“It is hard to imagine anywhere more apt for that all important first atmospheric sight of Eel Marsh House.”

The £15m film is the first time Susan Hill’s 1983 novel of the same name has been brought to the silver screen. It sees a young lawyer (Radcliffe) travel to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorising the locals.

The real Cotterstock Hall is still a residential home and the cast were only able to film there for three days in September 2010. The set was recreated at the world-renowned Pinewood Studios for more filming later.

Director James Watkins sent location scouts all over the country to find suitable settings for the house.

But when he saw pictures of the Oundle home, James was taken by its appearance. He said: “As soon as I saw the photos of Cotterstock Hall I knew it would be great for us.”