1 hour, 34 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for thematic material and violence/disturbing images
Extra DVD Features:
Inside The Perfect Thriller: Making The Woman In Black; No Fear: Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps
Daniel Radcliffe ... Arthur Kipps
Ciaran Hinds ... Daily
Janet McTeer ... Mrs. Daily
Liz White ... Jennet
Roger Allam ... Mr. Bentley
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
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.