The Woman In Black
Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Janet McTeer, Sophie Stuckey, Liz White
|The Woman in Black is a 2012 horror-thriller film directed by James Watkins and written by Jane Goldman, and is based on Susan Hill's novel of the same name. It is produced by Hammer Film Productions. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Janet McTeer, Sophie Stuckey, and Liz White. It was released in the United States and Canada on 3 February 2012 to generally positive reviews, and will be released in the United Kingdom on 10 February 2012.|
In the Edwardian era, young lawyer Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) lives with his four-year-old son Joseph (Misha Handley) and his son's nanny. Kipps' wife Stella (Sophie Stuckey) died after childbirth. Arthur has visions of her and is facing financial problems along with stress from his employers. He is assigned to handle the estate of Alice Drablow who owned Eel Marsh, where she had lived with her husband, son Nathaniel, and sister, Jennet Humfrye (Liz White). Kipps gets a room in the town and makes friends with Sam Daily (Ciarán Hinds), a wealthy landowner who offers Arthur a place to have dinner with him and his wife (Janet McTeer).
At the Marsh, Kipps starts working on the paperwork, but he repeatedly hears footsteps and sees a woman dressed in black. Kipps reports the sighting at the local police station. While there, two boys bring in their sister who has drunk lye and she dies in Arthur's arms. She is not the first child in town to commit suicide, and the townspeople believe the "Woman in Black" comes for their children as revenge for her child being taken from her.
After returning to the Marsh, Kipps discovers that Nathaniel drowned during a carriage accident, and Alice's sister Jennet hanged herself. Kipps also discovers notes claiming that Jennet was mentally unstable and was not allowed to care for Nathaniel, who was actually her son, though this fact was hidden by Alice, who raised him as her own.
The townspeople want Kipps to leave but he refuses, wanting to protect his job. Sam Daily tells Arthur about the tragic suicides and says that his only son drowned. Mrs. Daily says her son communicates through her by possession and she draws a hanging woman who Kipps realizes is Jennet.
Later on, Kipps goes back to the Marsh, and Sam lends him his dog as company. Throughout the night, he has many paranormal experiences with the Woman in Black and all the children that committed suicide. The next morning, Sam and Arthur return to town to see a house on fire, and Arthur rushes inside to rescue a young girl locked in the basement. While trying to rescue the girl, Kipps sees the Woman in Black manipulate the girl into setting herself on fire.
Kipps visits Mrs. Daily again, who, in a trance, reveals that Kipps' son, Joseph, is the next victim. Kipps realizes he must put Nathaniel to rest by giving him a proper burial. Kipps and Sam go to the Marsh, locate Nathaniel's body and give him a viewing for the Woman, who attacks Kipps and leaves. They finally lay Nathaniel to rest by burying him with his real mother, Jennet. After they leave, the Woman in Black repeats a line from her letter to her sister, "I will never forgive".
Kipps is reunited with his son at the train station and plans to leave immediately. While bidding Sam goodbye, Joseph sees the Woman in Black and jumps onto the train tracks. Kipps tries to save him, but they are both killed. They awaken in the "Station", where Stella greets them and they depart for heaven. The last shot of the film shows the Woman in Black staring after them sadly, and then turns to the screen. The scene cuts to black.