Some films you see for fun, some film you see when you don’t have anything else to do and some just for the reason that you like them. Then there a small number of films that you see for a good scare. These are hardly any, and far between Woman In Black is the finest of these not a movie that you may be fond of but love it or hate it, you will see it and it will scare you. In truth many viewers that I have watched this movie with say one off two things. Either they disliked it because it was too scary or they liked it because it was so scary.
The Woman in Black (2012) is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Susan Hill, directed by James Watkins and the screenplay is written by Jane Goldman, who manages to capture all the ingredients in the novel that it so remarkable. Not only were all the characters the same in both versions, but the film was almost a scene by scene carbon copy of the book.
Set in the early twenties, a young lawyer “Arthur Kipps” (played by Daniel Radcliffe), who is sent from London to a small village to settle the estate of a lately deceased elderly woman (played by Jennet Humfrye). His assignment is less than enthusiastically received by the villagers, who mainly avoid the estate residence in question like the pestilence. Situated in salt marshes, the residence which is called Eel Marsh House, is only reachable through a traitorous causeway at low tide. Once there, he finds out of a high rate of child death in the village, and begins to see the strange and scary figure of a woman dressed totally in black, of whom the villagers are afraid and dislike to even talk about. And when Kipps try to saves a kid trapped in a house that’s on fire, the hatred of this strange and dreadful Woman In Black is then directed at his son Joseph (played by Misha Handley) From then on, overwhelmed by bizarre events and awful noises from both inside and outside the house, Kipps’ sanity starts to get worse...
Its haunting musical score by Marco Beltrami makes for a great part of the spooky going on, letting one's imagination to make up for what's not clearly visible. The jump factor is here, and was I expecting something terrible was about to occur the entire film through. This made for a really unsettling experience. And terrible things do happen, too.
Those who are easily frightened are not suggested to see this movie because of its high octane fear content. Likewise if you are anticipating a gore fest then forget it. The Woman in Black is a totally chilling experience to watch, and has that scene in it which will keep you on the edge of your seat.