Tonight I decided to take a break from watching Academy Award nominated films.

Might as well start this off with a shocker –  I have never watched a Harry Potter movie… There, it is – out in the open. Why did I find it important to mention this? Simple. I do not see Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter. In fact, while watching the newest TV spot/trailer (can’t find it online), the one with the audience reactions, I had no idea who was playing the main character. That being said, obviously, I had no issue viewing Radcliffe in a role other than Harry.

The Woman in Black, directed by James Watkins, based on the 1983 novel written by Susan Hill, is the story of a young widowed London lawyer (Radcliffe) who is sent to a small town to handle the estate of Alice Drablow who owned Eel Marsh, which is said by local to be haunted. The Woman in Black has also been made into a stage play and a 1989 made for TV movie, which has sparked my interest for a comparison… If I can find a copy, that is.

An interesting tid-bit: Adrian Rawlins –who played Daniel Radcliffe’s father in the Harry Potter series– played the same character in the 1989 version as Radcliffe plays in this film.

The film is a bit creepy and a bit spooky, but does not offer much outside the norm in the suspense/thriller/horror genre. There are a few scenes to make you jump, and if you are like my movie-going companion, Stephanie, and are creeped out by children doing scaryish things, you will have a few more opportunities to be disturbed.

One thing I do have to say, that Woman in Black is a real loud-mouth and an absolute bitch. You’ll know why after you see the movie, if not, just ask.

The movie ended with a bit of a shock… But that shock left me with another unanswered question.


The Woman in Black is worth a watch if you’re looking for something other than Academy Award nominations. The film has already exceeded opening weekend expectations set forth by CBS Films for the films’ opening weekend.

The Woman in Black has a 7.4/10 rating on IMDB (which is the exact same rating as the 1989 TV movie), is 63% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes (which is pretty good for a horror movie) and has a 62/100 Metascore.