The Woman in Black (2012 film)
|The Woman in Black|
British theatrical release poster
|Directed by||James Watkins|
|Produced by||Richard Jackson
|Screenplay by||Jane Goldman|
|Based on||The Woman in Black
by Susan Hill
|Music by||Marco Beltrami|
|Editing by||Jon Harris|
|Studio||Cross Creek Pictures
Hammer Film Productions
UK Film Council
Exclusive Media Group
Film i Väst
|Distributed by||Momentum Pictures (United Kingdom)
Alliance Films (Canada)
|Running time||95 minutes|
The Woman in Black is a 2012 British horror film directed by James Watkins and written by Jane Goldman, and is based on Susan Hill's novel of the same name. It was produced by Hammer Film Productions. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán 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 was released in the United Kingdom on 10 February 2012.
In the Edwardian era, in a small British village town, three little girls are playing inside together. Suddenly they look up and walk in a trance-like state to the window, jumping out to their deaths. It is revealed that a veiled figure in black was in the room with them.
In London Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a lawyer, and the widowed father of four-year-old Joseph, is charged by his office to obtain the paperwork with which to sell a large manor – the isolated and desolate Eel Marsh House, whose owner Alice Drablow has recently died. Though he is hesitant to leave his son, Arthur's boss warns him that if he fails to complete his duty, he will lose his job. Arthur is treated coldly upon his arrival, barely able to get a room for the night, but he meets a kindly local landowner named Samuel Daily (Ciarán Hinds) and his wife Elisabeth (Janet McTeer), who allow him to stay at their home. Arthur visits his legal contact, Mr. Jerome, who tries to fob him off, telling him to return to London. Instead, Arthur travels to Eel Marsh House, where he feels he will be able to thoroughly complete his work. While there, he is distracted by odd noises, and the appearance of a woman dressed in black. He hears sounds on the marshes of a carriage in distress and a child screaming but there is no sign of anyone. Believing there was an accident, Arthur reports the incident to the police. Three children come into the police station; two boys carrying their sickly pale sister, Victoria, who has just drunk lye. She collapses in Arthur's arms and dies. The locals angrily state Victoria died because Arthur saw "the woman" at Eel Marsh House. After Victoria's funeral, Sam Daily leads Arthur away from the scene.
That night, Sam reveals he and his wife lost their young son in a drowning accident. Elisabeth, who believes her son speaks through her, carves a figure into the table of someone being hanged from a beam, before Sam sedates her. The next day, Arthur stays overnight at Eel Marsh House to finish his work, and discovers letters between Alice Drablow and her apparently mentally-disturbed sister Jennet Humfrye (Liz White).
In the letters, Jennet claims Alice stole her son Nathaniel away from her by deeming her mentally unfit to raise the child and demands to let her see him. An adoption certificate confirms that the child was adopted by the Drablows and an old photograph of the couple is suddenly and mysteriously defaced while Arthur's back is turned. A death certificate reveals that the boy drowned in a carriage accident on the marsh and that Jennet blamed Alice because she only saved herself instead of Nathaniel. Jennet then committed suicide by hanging herself in the nursery after stating she would never forgive Alice. Arthur also sees visions of dozens of dead children in the woods outside the house.
The nursery door, which had remained locked until now, opens and Arthur is drawn in by a knocking sound to find an empty rocking chair still moving. Clockwork toys begin making noises in the room, and Arthur sees a terrifying vision of the Woman in Black again, this time hanging from a roof beam. He is scared by a vision of her mud-covered child and rushes downstairs to the door to discover Sam Daily waiting to take him back to town.
When Arther returns to town, he sees Mr. Jerome's house on fire and rushes in to save Lucy, Mr. Jerome's daughter. Under the influence of the Woman in Black, Lucy sets fire to herself, making it impossible for Arthur to save her.
Through the spirit of Sam and Elisabeth's son, speaking through Elisabeth, Arthur learns that the children's deaths are the work of Jennet, who is the Woman in Black; since her own child was taken from her, she takes away every child from the townspeople by causing the children to commit suicide. Whenever Jennet is seen, a child dies. Elisabeth indicates that Joseph, who is coming to the village with his nanny the following day, is a target for the Woman in Black. In an attempt to lift the curse, Arthur hopes to reunite Nathaniel and Jennet and finds the boy's body in the marsh, still in the horse carriage. They place Nathaniel's corpse in his room in Eel Marsh House. Arthur lures Jennet to the body whilst Sam sees visions of the children that had died, including his own child. The house becomes peaceful once Jennet reaches Nathaniel. Arthur and Sam then place Jennet's son in her grave with her.
The next night, Joseph and Arthur are reunited at the train station and intend to return to London. Arthur sees the Woman in Black on the other side of the platform; too late he realizes Joseph is walking along the train tracks towards an oncoming train under her influence. Arthur leaps onto the tracks to save Joseph from the train. As Sam looks on, horrified, he sees the Woman in Black and the faces of all the children she has taken in the past in the train windows, including his own lost son.
Once the train passes, Arthur opens his eyes, but the whole station is dark. As Arthur looks around in surprise, Joseph asks, "Who's that lady?" When Arthur turns to look, he sees his late wife waiting for them further down the tracks.
The family vanishes into the fog together while the Woman in Black looks on. Slowly, she turns her head to face the audience, and the screen abruptly cuts to black.
- Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer
- Ciarán Hinds as Sam Daily, a local landowner
- Janet McTeer as Elisabeth Daily, Daily's wife
- Liz White as Jennet Humfrye, The Woman in Black
- Roger Allam as Mr. Bentley, senior partner of Arthur's firm
- Tim McMullen as Jerome, the local solicitor
- Jessica Raine as Joseph's Nanny
- Daniel Cerqueira as Keckwick, the carriage driver
- Shaun Dooley as Fisher, village innkeeper
- Mary Stockley as Mrs Fisher
- David Burke as PC Collins, village constable
- Sophie Stuckey as Stella Kipps, Arthur's wife
- Misha Handley as Joseph Kipps, Arthur's son
- Aoife Doherty as Lucy Jerome, Jerome's daughter
- Victor McGuire as Gerald Hardy, a villager
- Alexia Osborne as Victoria Hardy, Hardy's daughter
- Alisa Khazanova as Alice Drablow
- Ashley Foster as Nathaniel Drablow, The Woman in Black's son
- Sidney Johnston as Nicholas Daily, Daily's son
- Molly Harmon, Emma Shorey, and Ellisa Walker-Reid as the Fisher Daughters
The film was announced in 2009, with Jane Goldman as screenwriter and later James Watkins as director. Daniel Radcliffe was announced as the actor playing the part of Arthur Kipps on 19 July 2010. Two months later, it was announced that Harry Potter co-star Ciarán Hinds would join Radcliffe along with Janet McTeer as Mr and Mrs Daily respectively. Before filming, Radcliffe saw a psychologist so he could better understand his character. The part of Joseph Kipps was played by Misha Handley, who is Radcliffe's real life godson.
The film was planned to be shot in 3D, but that plan was later scrapped. Principal photography officially started on 26 September 2010. The next day, Radcliffe was pictured in costume just outside Peterborough, England. In early October the crew was filming in Layer Marney Tower. Filming officially ended on 4 December 2010.
At the Kapow! Comic Con in London during April 2011, director James Watkins confirmed filming had been completed in December 2010 and post production would go on until June 2011. For its British release, several changes were made in order to qualify for a 12A certificate: Momentum Theatrical, the distributor, arranged to have six seconds cut and for changes to other shots, with some scenes darkened and the sound level reduced on some others. The cuts were never revealed to audiences formally, but comparing the US and UK cuts of the film reveals that the scenes where the woman hangs from the nursery ceiling and when Lucy Jerome sets herself on fire were just two scenes that were cut short in the UK version.
|The Woman in Black Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by Marco Beltrami|
|Released||12 March 2012|
|Label||Silva Screen Records|
|Marco Beltrami film soundtrack chronology|
The soundtrack for the film was composed by American film composer Marco Beltrami. It received positive reviews and was released as a soundtrack album on 12 March 2012 by Silva Screen Records.
All music composed by Marco Beltrami.
|1.||"Tea for Three Plus One"||1:40|
|2.||"The Woman in Black"||1:56|
|3.||"Crossing the Causeway"||2:24|
|4.||"Bills Past Due"||1:22|
|5.||"Voices in the Mist"||2:00|
|9.||"The Attic Room"||1:56|
|10.||"The Door Opens"||1:46|
|12.||"You Could Have Saved Him"||2:58|
|14.||"In the Graveyard"||2:56|
|16.||"Into the Fire"||3:57|
|18.||"Race to the Marsh"||2:11|
|19.||"Rising From the Mud"||3:13|
|20.||"Summoning the Woman in Black"||4:27|
Critical reception 
As of 24 May 2012, the film has a 65% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 171 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10, and a consensus that says: "Traditional to a fault, The Woman in Black forwent gore for chills—although it may not provide enough of them for viewers attuned to modern, high-stakes horror." The film has received a rating of 62/100 on Metacritic based on 39 reviews, indicating "generally favourable reviews".
Box office 
During opening weekend, The Woman in Black earned $20 million, the biggest US opening for a Hammer film in all of Hammer history, putting it at second place in the box office, behind Chronicle, which earned about $1 million more. This is significantly more than the $11–$16.5 million industry analysts predicted it would bring in. As of June 2012, The Woman in Black has made $127,730,736 worldwide. The film also became the highest-grossing British horror film in 20 years.
Home media 
In April 2012, Hammer Films announced that there would be a sequel to The Woman in Black, which is titled The Woman in Black: Angels of Death. The official plot synopsis is: "Seized by the government and converted into a military mental hospital during World War II, the sudden arrival of disturbed soldiers to Eel Marsh House has awoken its darkest inhabitant. Eve, a beautiful young nurse, is sent to the house to care for the patients but soon realizes she must save them from more than their own demons. Despite Eve’s efforts to stop her, one by one they fall victim to the Woman in Black."
The original novel's author Susan Hill will help with the story, with the screenplay written by Jon Croker. In October 2012, Tom Harper was announced as the film's director. In April 2013 it was announced that Jeremy Irvine will play the lead role with rumors of Daniel Radcliffe briefly reprising his role from the first film.
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Further reading 
- Grunert, Andrea. "The Woman in Black". Enzyklopädie des Phantastischen Films. Issue 97, Meitingen: Corian Verlag. March 2012. p. 1–19. ISBN 978-3-89048-497-6.
- The Woman in Black Official Movie Website
- Official UK movie website
- The Woman in Black at the Internet Movie Database
- The Woman in Black at Box Office Mojo
- The Woman in Black at Rotten Tomatoes
- The Woman in Black at Metacritic