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The Woman in Black (2012)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 3 February 2012 (USA)
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A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Shorey ...
Fisher Girl
Molly Harmon ...
Fisher Girl
Ellisa Walker-Reid ...
Fisher Girl
Sophie Stuckey ...
Misha Handley ...
Joseph Kipps
Little Girl on Train
Andy Robb ...
Mrs. Fisher
Alexia Osborne ...
Victoria Hardy


In London, lawyer Arthur Kipps still grieves the death of his beloved wife Stella on the delivery of their son Joseph four years ago. His employer gives him a last chance to keep his job, and he is assigned to travel to the remote village of Cryphin Gifford to examine the documentation of the Eel Marsh House that belonged to the recently deceased Mrs. Drablow. Arthur befriends Daily on the train and the man offers a ride to him to the Gifford Arms inn. Arthur has a cold reception and the owner of the inn tells that he did not receive the request of reservation and there is no available room. The next morning, Arthur meets solicitor Jerome who advises him to return to London. However, Arthur goes to the isolated manor and soon he finds that Eel Marsh House is haunted by the vengeful ghost of a woman dressed in black. He also learns that the woman lost her son drowned in the marsh and she seeks revenge, taking the children of the scared locals. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material and violence/disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 February 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La dama de negro  »

Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,874,072 (USA) (3 February 2012)


$54,322,273 (USA) (27 April 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The vehicle driven by Ciarán Hinds's character is a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. See more »


(at around 16 mins) The ground level views show the carriage on a winding/curving causeway/road whilst the ground level shots show it on a straight one. See more »


Joseph Kipps: [referring to ghostly apparition in the distance] Daddy, who's that lady?
Arthur Kipps: [pause, then emotionally] That's your Mummy.
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Referenced in Filmselskabet: Episode #1.4 (2012) See more »


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Ten points to Gryffindor
2 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I can honestly say that I have really never been more terrified in a film. Not that I can remember. From the beginning of the film, the mood is set - something is horribly wrong. The screenplay was simply brilliant. The adaptation from stage to screen was highly successful, in my opinion. The scenic designer did a fantastic job with everything from the nursery to the town Kipps stays at. The directing was also something to be applauded. Over all, this film was wonderful and I would recommend it. And I must say, Dan Radcillffe did a great job. He may not be the most incredible actor, but he has really improved so much. It's most evident here because he could not hide behind words or a wand, he could use just his face and body language. They are an actor's tool after all. To be able to carry a film with body language is something to be commended. Few actors can.

On another note, I adored the fact they never hid the Woman in Black. They embraced her from the beginning, with little traces of a face in the windows as they were passed. The simplicity of the film was what I think made it so terrifying. There weren't blood and guts flying around with a poor sap strapped to an operating table while a deranged lunatic tries to connect him to the anus of another. It was a simple, yet effectively frightening, ghost story. I can say I loved every second of it.

If you love horror films, give it a go. This is the first film I've seen in quite some time that was worth my entire $10.00 to see it.

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