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Running Time:
1 hour, 34 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for thematic material and violence/disturbing images

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
An enjoyably creaky, old-fashioned, horror thriller.

Additional Info:
Extra DVD Features:
Inside The Perfect Thriller: Making The Woman In Black; No Fear: Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps CAST:
Daniel Radcliffe ... Arthur Kipps
Ciaran Hinds ... Daily
Janet McTeer ... Mrs. Daily
Liz White ... Jennet
Roger Allam ... Mr. Bentley

The Woman in Black
  The Woman in Black A down-on-his-luck London lawyer, Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is sent to the outskirts of England to clean up the messy estate of a recently deceased client. There, he learns of the area's terrible curse and the title figure, who seems to be behind a rash of unexplained killings.

Many of the local villagers believe that Eel Marsh House is possessed with the spirit of a diabolical dead woman whose sudden appearances portend the death of one (or more) of their children. No one, not town lawyer Mr. Jerome (Tim McMullan) or the local pub owners, has avoided her wrath. Even the area's wealthiest land owner, Sam Daily (Ciarán Hinds) and his wife (Janet McTeer) lost their son. So when the recently widowed Arthur Kripps shows up, he is immediately met with suspicion. While working in the dilapidated house, he hears and sees things that convince him the legends are true...and, indeed, more bodies begin to pile up. Eventually, Kripps discovers a shocking truth behind the spirit's motives, and thinks he may have a solution to the senseless scourge that seems to be affecting them all.

Everything about The Woman in Black, from the careful direction by James Watkins ("Eden Lake") to the solid script by Jane Goldman ("The Debt") focuses on bringing old-fashioned fear factors back to an unsuspecting audience. As the mood darkens and the threat increases, an overall sense of dread sweeps them up in the unsuspecting horrors about to happen.

This is the kind of movie that gets under your skin and sends shivers up your spine, but in the end, the experience as a whole may not make all that much sense. For all his detective work, Kripps really never discovers a "cure," or a clear answer as to what really happened. In fact, the main purpose appears to be an overall feeling of unease, and that it accomplishes quite well.

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