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The Woman in Black (2012)

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

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James Watkins

Writers:

Susan Hill (novel), Jane Goldman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Shorey Emma Shorey ... Fisher Girl
Molly Harmon Molly Harmon ... Fisher Girl
Ellisa Walker-Reid Ellisa Walker-Reid ... Fisher Girl
Sophie Stuckey Sophie Stuckey ... Stella Kipps
Daniel Radcliffe ... Arthur Kipps
Misha Handley Misha Handley ... Joseph Kipps
Jessica Raine ... Nanny
Roger Allam ... Mr. Bentley
Lucy May Barker Lucy May Barker ... Nursemaid
Indira Ainger Indira Ainger ... Little Girl on Train
Andy Robb Andy Robb ... Doctor
Ciarán Hinds ... Sam Daily
Shaun Dooley ... Fisher
Mary Stockley ... Mrs. Fisher
Alexia Osborne Alexia Osborne ... Victoria Hardy
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Storyline

In London, solicitor Arthur Kipps still grieves over the death of his beloved wife Stella on the delivery of their son Joseph four years before. His employer gives him a last chance to keep his job, and he is assigned to travel to the remote village of Crythin 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 terrified locals. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La dama de negro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,153,020 (United Kingdom), 12 February 2012, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,874,072, 5 February 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$54,333,290

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$127,730,736
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The music boxes and mechanical toys in the nursery scenes were not created for the movie, but were genuine antique toys from the period, loaned to the production by a collector. See more »

Goofs

At 54 min 40 secs, Arthur Kipps puts down his axe to tear wallpaper off. After tearing the paper off he steps back 2 or 3 steps and reads the inscription. The next shot shows him holding the axe again but he never bends down to pick it up. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Kipps: [describing picture-drawing] That's me, that's Nanny, that's Mummy, that's you...
Arthur Kipps: Why do I look so sad?
Joseph Kipps: That's what your face looks like.
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut visually by six seconds to secure a 12A rating. In addition to this, some substitutions were also made by the distributor. This included darkening some shots to reduce the impact of their graphic/horrific nature, and reducing the sound levels in others. Some of these cuts in particular apply to a hanging scene and a scene of self-immolation. See more »

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Referenced in London Calling: Robbie Drake (2015) See more »

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Ten points to Gryffindor
2 February 2012 | by dee-lishSee 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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