Woman in Black

Woman in Black

3.6 5
Director: James Watkins

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer

     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

A widowed lawyer travels to a secluded village on an important assignment, and encounters a vengeful ghost with mysterious motives. After losing his beloved wife in childbirth, young barrister Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) was nearly consumed by grief. A haunted widower father, he raises his young son with the help of his devotedSee more details below

Overview

A widowed lawyer travels to a secluded village on an important assignment, and encounters a vengeful ghost with mysterious motives. After losing his beloved wife in childbirth, young barrister Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) was nearly consumed by grief. A haunted widower father, he raises his young son with the help of his devoted nanny. Arthur is on the verge of losing his job when an important client of the firm dies, and his boss offers him one last opportunity to prove his worth by settling the woman's affairs. Determined to succeed, Arthur travels to the remote village and receives a chilly welcome. Something horrible once happened here, and it seems that the locals are determined to ensure Arthur never finds out what it was. Now, the more time Arthur spends in his client's crumbling estate, the more aware he becomes of a presence that isn't quite human. In this house dwells a woman's ghost. In life she lost something precious, and now in death she'll do whatever it takes to get it back. Until she does, her spectral presence will serve as a harbinger of doom, always to be followed by the death of an innocent.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Mention the name "Hammer Films" to horror fans and chances are a warm smile will wash across their faces as fog-shrouded visions of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing dance through their cobweb-covered synapses. Though the powerhouse British studio closed its doors in the mid-'80s -- followed by sporadic announcements of new projects continually hinting that a comeback was close at hand -- by the mid-2000s Hammer was finally getting back into the business of horror. Now, like Dracula rising from an extended slumber, Hammer resurrects the brand of seductively gothic chillers that were the studio's lifeblood throughout the 1960s and '70s. Those creaking doors and floorboards have never sounded more inviting. After losing his beloved wife in childbirth, young barrister Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) was nearly consumed by grief. A tormented widower, he now raises his young son with the help of his devoted nanny. But Arthur is on the verge of losing his job when an important client of the firm dies, and his boss offers him one last opportunity to prove his worth by settling the woman's affairs. Determined to succeed, Arthur travels to the remote village where she lived and receives a chilly welcome. Something horrible once happened here, and it seems that the locals are determined to ensure Arthur never finds out what it was. Now, the more time Arthur spends in his client's crumbling estate, the more he becomes aware of a presence that isn't quite human. In this house dwells a woman's ghost; in life she lost something precious, and now in death she'll do whatever it takes to get it back. Until she does, her spectral presence will serve as a harbinger of doom, always to be followed by the death of an innocent. Fans of traditional gothic horror will find plenty to love about The Woman in Black. With a plot centering on an old house, a grim tragedy that set into motion a disturbing series of events, superstitious townspeople, a malevolent ghost, and an unsuspecting outsider who becomes obsessed with solving a supernatural mystery, it's got all of the familiar trappings -- served with thick atmosphere and a rich, dark style (courtesy of veteran cinematographer Tim Maurice-Jones, who gives the candlelit, shadow-strewn hallways in the decaying mansion a distinctly ominous ambience). Likewise, with his pasty complexion, distinctly chiseled jaw, and ability to look completely natural in period clothing, Radcliffe makes for a protagonist one could easily picture sharing the screen with Ralph Bates or Shane Briant. As a wealthy couple who experienced a devastating loss, co-stars Ciaran Hinds and Janet McTeer also stand out as Arthur's only allies in a village where outsiders are systematically shunned. Despite a distracting overreliance on jump scares during the setup, The Woman in Black does an impressive job of building an aura of dread once the plot begins to unfold, with an extended sequence during an overnight stay in the mansion offering a handful of genuinely hair-raising moments. And once the story gains momentum, director James Watkins and screenwriter Jane Goldman keep the shocks rolling in at a satisfying pace. Though a few of the plot points may feel a bit too convenient, it's easy to forgive the script for its few minor shortcomings due to the fact that Watkins and company pile on so much eerie imagery (including a room full of nightmarish musical dolls that would almost qualify as child abuse if placed in a youngster's room) that we can't help but get caught up in the morbid mystery. Meanwhile, with its gratifying yet uncompromising coda, The Woman in Black remains true to form right to the bitter end, offering hope that if Hammer can continue to rebuild, the studio may well be headed toward a second golden age.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2012
UPC:
0043396398085
Original Release:
2012
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
21,802

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Radcliffe Arthur Kipps
Ciarán Hinds Daily
Janet McTeer Mrs. Daily
Shaun Dooley Fisher
David Burke PC Collins
Liz White Jennet
Sophie Stuckey Stella Kipps
Misha Handley Joseph Kipps
Roger Allam Mr. Bentley
Mary Stockley Mrs. Fisher
Alexia Osborne Victoria Hardy
Alfie Field Tom Hardy
William Tobin Charlie Hardy
Victor McGuire Gerald Hardy
Emma Shorey Molly Fisher Girl
Harmon Ellisa Fisher Girl
Walker-Reid Fisher Girl
Jessica Raine Nanny
Lucy May Barker Nursemaid
Indira Ainger Little Girl on Train
Andrew Robb Doctor
Cathy Sara Mrs. Jerome
Tim McMullan Mr. Jerome
Daniel Cerqueira Keckwick
Alisa Khazanova Mrs. Drablow
Ashley Foster Nathaniel Drablow
Aoife Doherty Lucy Jerome
Sidney Johnston Nicholas Daily

Technical Credits
James Watkins Director
Tobin Armbrust Executive Producer
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
Neil Dunn Executive Producer
Guy East Executive Producer
Dominc Fysh Asst. Director
Renata Gilbert Makeup
Jane Goldman Screenwriter
Kate Grimble Art Director
Jon Harris Editor
Ben Holden Co-producer
Bob Hollow Special Effects Supervisor
Richard Jackson Producer
Karen Lindsay-Stewart Casting
Xavier Marchand Executive Producer
Nicola Matthews Makeup
Tim Maurice-Jones Cinematographer
Simon Oakes Producer
Brian Oliver Producer
Kave Quinn Production Designer
Paul Ritchie Co-producer
Roy Lee Co-producer,Executive Producer
Marc Schipper Executive Producer
Nigel Sinclair Executive Producer
Ivor Talbot Sound Mixer
Todd Thompson Co-producer
Tyler Thompson Executive Producer
Jennifer Wynne Production Manager

Read More

Scene Index

Commentary with Director James Watkins and Screenwriter Jane Goldman; Inside The Perfect Thriller: Making The Woman in Black; No Fear: Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >