A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.
A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. less
“The Woman In Black keeps you glued by evoking frequent chills through old school techniques rather than blood and gore. To top that, the camera work is extraordinary making it more intriguing. Go for it!”
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The Woman in Black is based on Susan Hills book of the same name and has been adapted into a made-for-television in 1989 and also plays. Having not watched the original or read the book, I can say that this movie only intrigued my sufficiently to give those versions a shot too, just so as to clear some doubts or loose ends this movie leaves behind.
Grieving from the death of his wife even after nearly four years, solicitor Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is assigned to travel to a remote village in northern England, to handle the estate of recently deceased Alice Drablow who owned an isolated mansion in Eel Marsh. Upon reaching the village, Arthur faces hostile behaviour from the locals but finds a friendly face in Sam Daily (Ciarin Hinds). He soon learns that there is a horrible curse that plagues the eerie village and its linked to the Eel Marsh mansions chequered past involving the death of a young boy. The appearance of a woman dressed completely in black triggers the invariable grisly death of a youngling somewhere in the village and as Arthur races against time to solve the mystery, the fate of his own son somehow gets entangled in the whole plot. Will Arthur be able to save his son? Will he be able to put the spectre of the woman in black to rest?
The movie goes in for a moody, atmospheric tone which is greatly accentuated by the spooky location where the movie is shot. The road to the mansion gets cut-off from the outside world for a great deal of the day thanks to the rising and ebbing tide and this forms quite an important plot point. This amazing real-life location, looks truly breath-taking and spooky at the same time.
The low-key approach used in scenes inside the mansion also works effectively though sometimes there is a feeling that stock effects like creaky doors and falling objects as used as fillers. A few neat camera tricks result in some pretty effective scares.
The plot on the other hand though intriguing initially isnt wrapped up satisfyingly and though the ending is not quite conventional, it still might leave you starching your head.
The Woman in Black has some effective scares helped by an ominous and spooky atmosphere that is genuinely affecting. Its intriguing plot only helps but I wish things had been wrapped up in a more concise manner.
On a side not, while researching on the movie, I happened to stumble on a curious connection to its previous cinematic incarnation. The lead character of Arthur Kipps who Daniel Radcliffe portrays in this version was played by Adrian Rawlins in the 1989 version who played the role of James Potter in the Harry Potter movies, now thats a weird coincidence if I ever saw one.