I have to admit it….and I hope I don’t offend anyone but….I love a good ghost story! And The Woman in Black is a good one! The stage version is the second longest running play in London's West End, only outdone by Agatha Christie's Moustrap, which has been playing for 60 years continuously. Almost every school kid in London goes to see this ghost story on a field trip.
This is a real return to the old fashioned horror movie brought to the screen by Britain's legendary Hammer Film Productions, which had its heyday in the '60s and '70s, notably with horror films starring the likes of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. I’ll show my age here and say….you know, the films we used to go to the drive-in to watch???
Anyway, back to the movie…..the kind with a huge decaying estate house sitting in the middle of the English marshes.
With rusting fences and overgrown paths surrounding the whole estate. Oh, and of course it’s set in another time period, preferably Victorian/Edwardian. (Mainly because we love looking at period costumes!)
Where the only light source is candles…..
And it has scenes of fantastic playrooms filled with toys! This one scores bonus points for the antique toys! When you see it, you’ll know why!
With dark photography that makes you jump out of your skin at the least unexpected thing!
You’ve probably guessed by now that I loved the movie. Of course it’s not Academy Award material good. It’s just enjoyable, old fashioned, creepy ghost story good! All that’s left to say is…..Boo!