The Woman in Black, a horror movie directed by James Watkins, is about lawyer Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) and his ghostly encounters, as he goes through the belongings in an old estate. Rumor has it that anyone who goes near this old home and sees, “The Woman in Black” will bring this curse to the townspeople: she will take one of their children from them, due to her own grief over the drowning of her own son.
The cast was great and all, and the ghosts were creepy enough to make you jump in a dim-lit room. I had a little trouble hearing what the cast was saying at one time or another with the classic, “The music is loud but the voices are soft” issue, especially since there is a lot of whispering near the beginning of the film. Half way through, they speak up.
Now if you’re fine with watching a horror or thriller just for the “thrill” of it, maybe this won’t be an issue, but there were a few plot holes which were left unexplained by the end of the movie.
I was wondering who the “bad guy” was. Every movie needs a driven villian. We’re presented with these creepy ghost-children with no manners, who decide to rise up out of this marsh and trap Mr. Kipps in the creepy old house. Bad children! They don’t actually hurt him though, they just terrify the guy, arguably to the point of insanity- even though another child dies each time he sees the famed woman in black, he decides he should keep returning to the house so that he can figure out what’s going on! This results in the creepiest ceremony with even creepier old toys- is it just me, or were all toys from the “olden days” terrifying? Did kids really play with such creepy, evil-looking trinkets?
Even though the woman in black is one of the main mysteries of the story, she isn’t very well-explained. We learn only snippets of her past, from some very hard-to-read letters and some whispered phrases, but none of it is clear enough unless you read the synopsis online.
So maybe the woman is taking children as atonement for her lost child, or maybe her lost child wants more children to play with, so he kills them and turns them evil.
IMDB rated this movie a 6.6 out of 10. I think that’s fair. It’s not a terrible movie, it just could have turned out much better. It leaves much to be explained, too much. And the ending, oh, that’s just a kick in the pants. You’ll see what I’m talking about if you decide to watch it.