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The Woman in Black (1989)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror | Mystery  -  24 December 1989 (UK)
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When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin, a young solicitor is sent by his firm to settle the estate. The lawyer finds the townspeople reluctant to talk about or go ... See full summary »

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Reverend Greet
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When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin, a young solicitor is sent by his firm to settle the estate. The lawyer finds the townspeople reluctant to talk about or go near the woman's dreary home and no one will explain or even acknowledge the menacing woman in black he keeps seeing. Ignoring the towns-people's cryptic warnings, he goes to the house where he discovers its horrible history and becomes ensnared in its even more horrible legacy. Written by D.A. Kellough <dkelloug@infinet.com>

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A spine-chilling ghost story

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Actress Fiona Walker (Mrs. Toovey) is the wife of director Herbert Wise. See more »

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When Mr. Kidd is in the nursery for the first time, just before the toy soldier is supposed to magically appear in his hand, you can see the actor reach into his pocket and retrieve said object then conceal it in his palm. See more »

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Terrifying
8 June 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is truly a memorable film. I could barely watch it; and when the woman in black showed up, I had to close my eyes. There are only two other movies of this type, so scary they are nearly impossible to watch on the first viewing. The first is "The Changeling" with George C. Scott, and the second is "The Haunting", 1963 version. I taped "Woman in Black" in 1989 from PBS, and it's a good thing because I would like to watch it again since I know a little more what to expect, but haven't gotten the courage to. I did manage to get through it on the first viewing, but it was tough; it almost caused physical pain. The entire film has an aura of menace, and with the atmosphere of dread that hangs over it, you don't even need to see the Woman in Black. You continually expect her to show up any minute, and that anticipation is worse than anything I've ever experienced, except for the two films referenced above. If you can find this, watch it if you dare. It won't ever leave your memory.


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