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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

A sign saying "H. Wise" can be seen in the train station when Arthur Kidd is there. Herbert Wise is the film's director. See more »

Goofs

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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Thrillingly Creepy
10 November 2010 | by amandainwonderlandSee all my reviews

The Woman in Black, which is about a solicitor who was sent to a supposedly haunted house to settle a woman's estate after she died, is a good example of a classic bone-chilling ghost story. Although it is evident the movie was shot on a limited budget, the minimal special effects actually add to its merit. The Woman in Black centres its atmospheric horror factor on subtlety and feelings of suspense and dread, rather than CGI or gore.

Shot in England, the setting couldn't have been more perfect. The house that is the core of the movie is fittingly eerie and inspires feelings of fear and anxiety, as a good haunted house should. The music creates a heart-pounding mood that magnetically draws you to the edge of your seat and causes you to watch the rest of the film through the cracks between your fingers. It is the perfect accompaniment to the terrifying events both on screen and in your imagination. The acting is as understated as the rest of the movie, yet the talented actors make it very easy for viewers to be transported into the world of the supernatural and never doubt it once.

This movie definitely deserves the cult following it has acquired, which is made complicated due to the fact that there are no new legitimate copies being sold. Although this could have been just another low budget made-for-TV movie, The Woman in Black is a new, refreshing take on the old "things going bump in the night" idea.


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