Movie of the Moment: Woman in Black

Words by Katie Roostan

Now, if you’ve been lucky enough to shit your pants in the West End watching ‘A Woman In Black’ then you’ll be pleased to know that its film form will be making its way into the cinema’s in February 2012.

The script has been taken from the novel written by Susan Hill and adapted by Kick Ass writer Jane Goldman (better known as Wossy’s wife) and is the first film that cult horror production company Hammer films has produced in years.

It stars Harry Potter himself Daniel Radcliffe as Kipps, the all-round family man and terrible solicitor, who has to settle a case about a house of which the owner is recently deceased and is believed to be haunted by a woman who it is said, that if you see her a child close to you will die.

Now I’ve seen the play, and the people I was with came out crying with fright, so the film has rather large shoes to fill. Also I think that since this is the first big UK cinematic release that Radcliffe has starred in since Potter, people are going to being watching him very closely for any signs of boy wizardry or being the pretentious twat he is sometimes prone to being.

The Woman in Black is set in a house surrounded only by marshes in an isolated British Victorian village. So prepare yourself for creepy clothes, creepy children’s toys, creepy nursery rhymes and creepy swinging rocking chairs… not to mention a psychotic spirit that, from what I’ve seen of her, looks like the love child of the grudge girl and the possessed kid from The Exorcist who crawls down the stairs backwards.

Even though the trailers have set this film up to have a bit of the fright factor, Radcliff has said that it’s not so much a horror film as it is about family and grief. Now I don’t know about you but if some scary ass chick, which sometimes has eye balls and sometimes doesn’t, chased me and tried to kill my kids, I’d be terrified. Over all, I’m sure it’s highly anticipated by theatre goers, novel readers and horror lovers alike and is set to be a real ghastly treat.