“The Woman in Black” first aired on TV in 1989 that is in the U.K. The director was Herbert Wise and the cast was Adrian Rawlins, Pauline Moren, Bernard Hepton, and David Daker. It’s based on the book by Susan Hill. The plot is basically about a young solicitor that must go to a sea-side village in order to settle the affairs of a deceased widow. While he’s there he learns some secrets about the little town, the house, and of course more about the ‘Woman in Black.’ It was remade and a second one has recently came out, I’ve seen neither of these nor have read the book.
Now the movie was very atmospheric. Since Arthur firsts gets to town, you know something is a little off. The mist is a nice added touch and the movie relies heavily on inexpensive scares. You won’t be seeing a gorefest, but a story that intertwines with old Gothic ghost stories. You have a creepy house, an angry spirit, terrified townspeople, and some secrets that get revealed. It’s a very intelligent TV horror movie that has a little nice mystery too it.
Some scenes make you wonder like why Arthur would even stay the night in the house? From a child’s voice, to lights turning off by themselves, an infamous bed scene, this is a generally creepy movie. Johnathan Harker has to go see Dracula, well Arthur gets to meet a ghost. Solicitors sure have it rough! The dog in the movie is too cute. With a tense movie like this you just have to find one not so freaky thing about the movie. Though his name is Spider!
It’s an intriguing movie and the actors were all well and good. Adrian Rawlins played the main character. It’s a chiller that might just have to be back as a Christmas Eve thing again. We can thank the Victorians for the love of ghost stories during Christmastime. It’s not necessary a bad thing when they are like this movie. It’s a very old school film that just so happened to be in ’80s. You know the decade of nothing but slashers. Sure some will find the pace or story to be too boring, but if you pay attention and let your mind it around the plot and setting, you’ll feel like you are the one trying to uncover the secrets. The ending alone is climatic enough to watch the movie.
So overall this ghost TV movie is definitely a four star picture. It’s the perfect Gothic movie that will make you wonder what the noise was or why you suddenly feel cold. Go back to those movies with haunted old mansions with practical effects for fear. If you haven’t seen the original yet, I advise to go and watch it!