Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Woman In Black

I went to see the movie Don't Be Afraid of the Dark yesterday, and was so, so happy to see the trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation of Susan Hill's ghost-story-thriller-novel The Woman in Black which comes out in February of next year.

I've read The Woman in Black and if memory serves, it has great atmosphere, interesting characters, and a bit of a twist in the end. The novel was written in the early 1980s, and has been adapted for both the stage, and for the small screen as a made-for-tv movie.

The trailer opens with still type shots of creepy antique dolls (excellent start). There's a wonderful (and also very creepy) child's rhyme that's recited throughout the entire trailer. I love this stuff! And Daniel Radcliffe looks quite dashing in his late-1800s-early-1900s three piece wool ensembles, and longer hair and sideburns. Very effective.

And now, some plot background: the movie stars Mr. Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps, a young solitcitor who is summoned to a small coastal English town to settle the affairs of woman who has recently passed away. He stays at her home, Eel Marsh House, which is situation on Nine Lives Causeway, an atmospheric spot that is completely cut off from the town at high tide. He experiences some strange-goings-on at the house, and spots a woman dressed in black lingering around the property. Just my cup of tea.