The Woman in Black is a novel by Susan Hill which has been adapted into a phenomenal West End hit as well and most recently a 2012 film, starring Daniel Radcliffe in his first role since playing Harry Potter.

Synopsis

In London, the lawyer Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is still mourning the death of his beloved wife Stella on the delivery of their son Joseph four years ago. His boss gives him a final chance to keep his job, and he is given a post in the remote village of Cryphin Gifford to look over the documentation of Eel Marsh House which was owned by the recently deceased Mrs. Drablow. Arthur befriends a man called Daily (Ciaran Hinds) on the train and the man offers him a ride to the Gifford Arms inn. Arthur receives a cold reception and the owner of the inn informs him that he did not receive the request of reservation and there is no available room.

The following morning, Arthur meets solicitor Jerome who suggests that he return to London. But Arthur goes to the isolated manor and soon he finds that Eel Marsh House is haunted by the vengeful ghost of a woman wearing black clothes. He also learns that the woman lost her son drowned in the marsh and she seeks vengeance, taking the children of the frightened locals.

Critical reception

The film has a 66% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 174 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10. The consensus says: "Traditional to a fault, The Woman in Black forwent gore for chills—although it may not provide enough of them for viewers attuned to modern, high-stakes horror." The film has received a rating of 62/100 on Metacritic based on 39 reviews, indicating "generally favourable reviews".

 

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