Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame stars in this Hammer Horror about a young widowed lawyer, Arthur Kipps, who has to go to a remote and dilapidated mansion in the middle of marshland to go through the papers of a deceased woman with a view to settling her estate. When he arrives, he finds there is no room at the village inn and is treated badly by the locals who want him to go back where he came from. Arthur is taken under the wing of an amicable local squire, (Ciarán Hinds), who scoffs at their superstitious behaviour and despite protests by the locals he takes Arthur to the mansion. However, the mansion is cut off by the tide twice a day and Arthur insists on working all night. It is a night to remember!
This is typical Hammer Horror fare in the old tradition - creaking doors, things that go bump in the night, and so on. I was impressed by young Daniel Radcliffe as I would have expected the role to go to an older actor but he carried off the part of a bereaved lawyer with a young son very well. However, as far as the 'horror' element is concerned, it is pretty tame by today's standards so if you are made of sterner stuff and want a movie to get your heart beating a bit faster, you will be happier, I imagine, with movies like The Thing 1982 and 2011 versions. Both great. Still, The Woman in Black is good spooky fun and well worth watching.
Susan Hill's book 'The Woman in Black' is available at Amazon. You can Look Inside.