Is there life after death? In this adaptation of Susan Hill’s 1983 ghost story, it certainly seems to be the case. This scary tale has been a West End fixture since 1989 and the film looks to mirror its success.
Daniel Radcliffe plays Arthur Kips, who leaves his young son behind in London to head north to the village of Crythin Gifford. He goes there to sort the affairs of the late Mrs Drablow, the sole resident of Eel Marsh House – or so it would seem.
In the village, he encounters Royston Vasey who doesn’t take kindly to Drablow’s deserted island, cut off from the mainland by the treacherous (and misleadingly named) Nine Lives Causeway. There Arthur Kips encounters something far worse.
From the dirty streets of London to the scummy causeway, the film’s director creates a sense of unease, as if something bad is just around the corner.
Stranded there over night, Kips encounters a variety of ghostly happenings, from toys with a life of their own to pale faces at the window. In places, these horrific happenings are shown extremely effectively, for example the woman in black herself.
Overall the Woman in Black is a great film that those who enjoy twists, turns and thrills will love.