Anyone who is familiar with us knows that we’ve been singing the praises of the first movie adaptation of writer Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black from 1989 for what seems like forever. Simply put – the flick is relentlessly frightening and, dare I say it, even better than the book. Track it down if you can. You will not be disappointed.
With a new version on the way in 3D courtesy of the resurrected Hammer Films, it seems that the scares have remained intact. That is, if you believe star Daniel Radcliffe in his interview with the LA Times.
“When I met first met James Watkins, our director, he told me about a quote of Stanley Kubrick’s, which was that all films about the afterlife or ghosts are innately consoling,” Radcliffe tells the LA Times. “I think there’s something about that that is very true to our story. While it is a horror story and it is very frightening, it’s also about loss and grief. I read it on a plane, and I don’t know what the people around me must have thought. I kept jumping and gasping…”
To be directed by James Watkins (Eden Lake) and written by Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, The Debt), The Woman in Black follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe), who is ordered to travel to a remote corner of the UK and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in an old and isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover its tragic secrets, and his unease grows when he discovers that the local village is held hostage by the ghost of a scorned woman set on vengeance.
Dig on the below snippet from the British TV film version of The Woman in Black I was talking about above, and keep it here for more as it comes. We’ll be keeping a keen eye on this one for sure!
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