The woman in black film review
Though it was published in , The Woman In Black has come to be regarded almost as a classic of Victorian ghost story-telling. The story of a solicitor being traumatised by death and secrets in a remote village has the core ingredients of vengeful ghost, big creaky building, sceptical protagonist and unremittingly miserable weather. It is, in short, a story much told. This latest is a match for any previous telling. It has rearranged and omitted all over the place, though the major elements remain: the fog with an apparent mind of its own, the dog, the most upsetting rocking chair in the history of literature.
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It is the second adaptation of Susan Hill 's novel of the same name , which was previously filmed in The plot, set in early 20th-century England , follows a young recently widowed lawyer who travels to a remote village where he discovers that the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorising the locals.
A film adaptation of Hill's novel was announced in , with Goldman and Watkins attached to the project. During July , Radcliffe was cast in the lead role of Arthur Kipps. The film was planned to be shot in 3D before plans were scrapped. Principal photography took place from September to December across England.
Post-production lasted until June It attracted controversy after receiving a 12A certificate from the British Board of Film Classification , despite several cuts being made. In an English village, Crythin Gifford, in , three girls are having a tea party. They suddenly look up at something off-screen and, appearing entranced, jump to their deaths from the bedroom window.
In Edwardian era London , the wife of lawyer Arthur Kipps dies in childbirth. Four years later, Arthur is instructed to visit Crythin Gifford to retrieve any documents left by Alice Drablow, the deceased owner of Eel Marsh House, an isolated and desolate estate on the marshland, as a prelude to the sale of the house.
Upon arrival, Arthur finds the villagers unwelcoming, though he finds sympathy in wealthy local landowner Samuel Daily who invites him to dinner. The next morning, Arthur meets Mr. Jerome who tries to hurry him away from the village. Undeterred, Arthur travels to Eel Marsh House.
There, he is distracted by odd noises, a bolted nursery, and a spectral entity in funerary garb. He hears sounds on the marshes of a carriage and a screaming child, but sees nobody on the causeway. He later tries to alert the village constable who dismisses his concerns. Two children enter the station with their sister Victoria, who has ingested lye , but she dies almost immediately. That night, Sam reveals that he and his wife Elisabeth lost their young son to drowning.
Elisabeth suffers from fits of hysteria which she attributes to her son speaking through her. When Sam attempts to take Arthur to Eel Marsh the next day a gang of local men drive them off. Victoria's father blames Arthur for her death, as Arthur saw "that woman" at Eel Marsh. At the house, Arthur uncovers correspondence between Alice and her sister Jennet Humfry.
Jennet demands to see her son Nathaniel whom the Drablows have formally adopted and barred her from contacting due to her being mentally unfit to care for him, which she denies. A death certificate reveals Nathaniel drowned in a carriage accident on the marsh. Jennet writes that she blames Alice for saving only herself and leaving Nathaniel's body in the marsh. Another death certificates shows that Jennet hanged herself from a beam in the nursery, vowing never to forgive Alice.
That night Arthur hears noises from the nursery, which is now unlocked. From the nursery window Arthur sees a boy crawling out of the ground and walking towards the house. He goes outside and sees dead children in the marshes, Victoria among them. Back in the house he sees an apparition of a woman hanging herself. Sam picks Arthur up the next morning. In town, Jerome's house catches fire with his daughter inside. When Arthur attempts to save her, he sees the Woman in Black goading the girl into burning herself.
The townspeople blame Arthur for this death as well. At her son's grave, Elisabeth tells Arthur that the Woman in Black is Jennet, who claims the village children by having them take their lives in penance for her own son being taken.
Arthur realizes that his son Joseph, who is coming to Crythin Gifford that night, is Jennet's next victim. In an effort to lift the curse, Arthur and Sam find Nathaniel's body in the marsh, and place it in his nursery, where Arthur lures Jennet to him. Arthur and Sam bury Nathaniel with Jennet, though her voice echoes through the house that she will never forgive the wrongs she suffered. Assuming Jennet pacified, Arthur meets Joseph at the railway station.
Attempting to save him, both he and Joseph are killed by the oncoming train. Sam, horrified, sees the ghosts of the village children and the Woman in Black.
The train passes and Joseph sees a woman in white on the tracks, whom Arthur identifies as his late wife Stella. The family is happily reunited as the Woman in Black looks on.
Liz White's character is never referred to as "The Woman in Black" inside the film or during the credits, where she is listed as "Jennet". The film was announced in ,  with Jane Goldman as screenwriter  and later James Watkins as director.
The film was planned to be shot in 3D,  but the idea was later scrapped. At the Kapow! Comic Con in London during April , director James Watkins confirmed filming had been completed in December and post-production would go on until June Despite the cuts, the 12A certificate was seen as highly controversial in the United Kingdom, and the British Board of Film Classification received complaints from individuals that the rating was too low, the most complained-about film of according to BBFC figures.
The soundtrack for the film was composed by American film composer Marco Beltrami. It received positive reviews and was released as a soundtrack album on 12 March by Silva Screen Records. All music is composed by Marco Beltrami. The Woman in Black was met with generally positive reviews from critics. The site's critical consensus states, "Traditional to a fault, The Woman in Black forwent gore for chills—although it may not provide enough of them for viewers attuned to modern, high-stakes horror.
When the refugees take shelter at Eel Marsh House, Eve soon comes to realise that they are not alone. The longer they remain there, the more the house's evil spirit threatens the children. With the help of a pilot Jeremy Irvine , Eve tries to protect the children and uncover the truth of the Woman in Black. The original novel's author Susan Hill helped with the story, with the screenplay written by Jon Croker.
The film began the shooting process in early The film was released on 2 January to moderate box office returns but a generally negative critical response. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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The Woman in Black – review
Jump to navigation. The first thing you will notice when you watch the film which is out in the cinemas at the moment is the guy with dark hair and blue eyes that will probably seem quite familiar. Actually, we saw him growing up in a popular series of films: Daniel Radcliffe played Harry Potter from until It seemed unclear whether he would be offered another role in a different movie because he was so connected to his first role, and so this film was greatly anticipated. The story was also adapted into a stage play.
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The Woman In Black, review
It is the second adaptation of Susan Hill 's novel of the same name , which was previously filmed in The plot, set in early 20th-century England , follows a young recently widowed lawyer who travels to a remote village where he discovers that the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorising the locals. A film adaptation of Hill's novel was announced in , with Goldman and Watkins attached to the project. During July , Radcliffe was cast in the lead role of Arthur Kipps. The film was planned to be shot in 3D before plans were scrapped. Principal photography took place from September to December across England. Post-production lasted until June
The Woman in Black - Film review
Not since young Hutter arrived at Orlok's castle in " Nosferatu " has a journey to a dreaded house been more fearsome than the one in "The Woman in Black. In this case, a green, Victorian-era attorney named Arthur Kipps Daniel Radcliffe is visiting a haunted house in the north of England, which can be reached only by a single-track road on a long, narrow causeway that lies so low in a brackish sea that the waters lap its edges. Arthur's mission is to search the decrepit gothic mansion for the papers of its late occupant. This woman is said to haunt the house in mourning for her dead child.
By Robbie Collin. The Central Television production of The Woman In Black , broadcast on Christmas Eve and repeated only once in , is often held up as one of the most potent, paralysingly spooky screen adaptations of a ghost story ever made. So why make it again?
A Haunted Lawyer? What Could Be Scarier?
Duded out in a period frock coat and pocket-watch chain for his first post-Potter film role, Daniel Radcliffe plays Arthur Kipps, a British lawyer who, years after his wife, Stella Sophie Stuckey , died in childbirth, has the haunted eyes of the eternal mourner. So Arthur parks his son with the nanny, boards a train and heads straight into the creeping mists and mysteries of an isolated hamlet where the children scatter when he approaches, and the adults have darts in their eyes if not pitchforks in hand. Something wicked does come, of course, slowly and at times with unsettling effectiveness. Bewilderingly, most of the villagers treat Arthur with unexplained hostility, glowering and slamming doors.
The Woman in Black
The Woman In Black Review
A haunted house with its own sound effects