I am a huge sucker for mysterious ghost stories, and The Woman in Black does not disappoint despite some heavy-handed editing and a somewhat familiar plotline. I was already a fan of the 1989 version, and worried that this adaptation would fail to live up to its predecessor; Fortunately, Susan Hill’s story chills no matter how it’s told. Director James Watkins establishes the eerie ambience from the opening sequence, perfectly captures the ephemeral road to Eel Marsh House (whoever scouted that location should be commended), and educates his audience in the absolute creepiness of toys from the turn of the century.
The whole film provides a plethora of truly frightening visuals, a consistently heavy ambience, and a well-paced story that proves Daniel Radcliffe can play more than The Boy Who Lived. With a top-notch supporting cast including Janet McTeer and Ciarin Hinds, I highly recommend you turn off all the lights, curl up with a blanket, and enjoy this quality spectre fest.