OK, ignore what Daniel Radcliffe says in the introduction for this new clip from The Woman in Black, the film is not released in UK cinemas today, this was intended for US audiences. For some stupid reason, we here in the UK have to wait until next Friday, the 10th February, to see it! Anyway, the opening scene has been released, so if you don’t want to know too much about the film then don’t watch it. It does not give too much away, but it is delightfully unsettling and proves yet again that this horror is going to be something special. It feels like forever since we saw a real good, old fashioned, atmospheric horror and I am positive The Woman in Black will deliver.
Oh, and don’t be put off by the UK’s 12A rating, it simply means the film will concentrate more on atmosphere than blood and guts. To be fair, both The Mothman Prophecies and The Others were 12A’s and look at how scary they were! Oh, and don’t you just love Radcliffe’s bouncy enthusiasm as he introduces the clip?
James Watkins (Eden Lake) transforms Daniel Radcliffe in what looks like one incredible performance, and he will be supported by Janet McTeer, Ciaran Hinds, Roger Allam and Sophie Stuckey. The film is based on the chilling novel written by Susan Hill, and Jane Goldman has written the screenplay.
Based on the classic ghost story, THE WOMAN IN BLACK tells the tale of Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a lawyer who is forced to leave his young son and travel to a remote village to attend to the affairs of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh House.
Working alone in the old mansion, Kipps begins to uncover the town’s tragic and tortured secrets and his fears escalate when he discovers that local children have been dying under mysterious circumstances. When those closest to him become threatened by the vengeful woman in black, Kipps must find a way to break the cycle of terror.
The Woman in Black arrives in UK cinemas 10th February 2012.
By Matt Wavish