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The Woman in Black (1989)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery | TV Movie 24 December 1989
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 »

Director:

Herbert Wise

Writers:

Susan Hill (based on the book by), Nigel Kneale (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Rawlins ... Arthur Kidd
Bernard Hepton ... Sam Toovey
David Daker ... Josiah Freston
Pauline Moran ... Woman in Black
David Ryall ... Sweetman
Clare Holman ... Stella Kidd
John Cater ... Arnold Pepperell
John Franklyn-Robbins John Franklyn-Robbins ... Reverend Greet
Fiona Walker ... Mrs. Toovey
William Simons William Simons ... John Keckwick
Robin Weaver Robin Weaver ... Bessie
Caroline John ... Stella's Mother
Joseph Upton Joseph Upton ... Eddie Kidd
Steven Mackintosh ... Rolfe
Andy Nyman ... Jackie (as Andrew Nyman)
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1989 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher de Preto See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastman Colour)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Adrian Rawlins (Arthur Kidd) later played Dr. Rhodes in Hammer Films, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2014), a sequel to The Woman in Black (2012). See more »

Goofs

At 29.45, whilst Arthur Kidd is on the land outside Eel Marsh House. You can briefly see the actress who plays the Woman in Black herself (Pauline Moran) step up from a concealed area behind him, to give the appearance that she has suddenly materialised there. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Craft (1996) See more »

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If you like chilly British ghost stories, this one's for you
25 January 2001 | by scole94See all my reviews

I love ghost stories in general, but I PARTICULARLY LOVE chilly, atmospheric and elegantly creepy British period-style ghost stories. This one qualifies on all counts. A naive young lawyer ("solicitor" in Britspeak) is sent to a small village near the seaside to settle an elderly, deceased woman's estate. It's the 1920s, a time when many middle-class Brits go to the seaside on vacation for "their health." Well, guess what, there's nothing "healthy" about the village of Crythin Gifford, the creepy site of the elderly woman's hulking, brooding Victorian estate, which is located on the fringes of a fog-swathed salt marsh. When the lawyer saves the life of a small girl (none of the locals will help the endangered tot -- you find out why later on in the film), he inadvertently incurs the wrath of a malevolent spirit, the woman in black. She is no filmy, gauzy wraith, but a solid black silhouette of malice and evil. The viewer only sees her a few times, but you feel her malevolent presence in every frame. As the camera creeps up on the lawyer while he's reading through legal papers, you expect to see the woman in black at any moment. When the lawyer goes out to the generator shed to turn on the electricity for the creepy old house, the camera snakes in on him and you think she'll pop up there, too. Waiting for the woman in black to show up is nail-bitingly suspenseful. We've seen many elements of this story before(the locked room that no one enters, the fog, the naive outsider who ignores the locals' warnings) but the director somehow manages to combine them all into a completely new-seeming and compelling ghost story. Watch it with a buddy so you can have someone warm to grab onto while waiting for the woman in black. . .


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