THE WOMAN IN BLACKUnited Kingdom-Canada-Sweden-2012

Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps

Ciaran Hind

Janet McTeer (w/Daniel Radcliff) as Mrs. Daily

Directed by James Watkins
Screenplay by Jane Goldman
Based on the novel by Susan Hill

I’m going to be perfectly honest with you. I had my doubts about this film. Actually, more to the point, I had doubts about Daniel Radcliffe and how he was going to fare in the world away from Hogwarts. I can now honestly say that my doubts were completely unfounded. Radcliffe does a fine job in this effectively frightening film about a vengeful spirit who manipulates the children of a local village into taking their own lives in sudden and violent ways. Radcliffe is the lawyer sent to the estate of Eel Marsh to handle the affairs of its recently deceased owner, Alice Drablow.  The film foregoes gore for genuine frights that had many people jumping in their seats at various times during the movie.

But that’s really all I can tell you about the film. There are two reasons for this. The first being that I don’t want to give away important plot points of the movie.  The second being that my concentration was interrupted several times by a quartet of teenage girls who rudely ran up and down the stairs of the theater during various times during the course of the film. First down and then out, returning a few minutes later to their seats where they would talk and giggle amongst themselves.

Would someone please tell me what is the point of going to a theater when you have no intention of watching the movie? I bet that if I had stopped these girls after the movie was over and asked them to tell me what the film was about their mouths would have been opening and closing like a dying fish gasping for that final breath. They had no idea what the film was about. Thanks to them I barely know what it’s about. Oh and while I’m on this rant don’t let me forget about the moron who was on his cellphone sending texts throughout the movie. My wife could feel me bristling and would squeeze my hand to calm me down.

So, I pose a few questions to you, my faithful readers:

1. Where were the parents of the girls? Oh wait; I’ll answer that for you. They were at home enjoying a peaceful day with the little brats out of their hair. Send them to the movies to aggravate someone else, oh hell yeah!

2. What is so all fire important that you have to turn on your brightly lit cell phone in a dark theater and disturb the people around you that actually came to enjoy the film?

3. Where were the theater attendants during all this? Is it not their job to assure that our movie-going experience is a peaceful one? I pay good money for the right to watch a movie in a theater in peace.

One more thing, if there are those of you who disagree with me and that you think that because these chronically rude people have the right to act this way in a movie theater, all I can say is that you are no friend of mine.

Alright, I’m done ranting. I’m thinking of moving to Texas. They have the Alamo Drafthouse there. No talking, no texts or your ass is out the door. God Bless’em is all I can say.


The boy who plays Daniel Radcliffe’s son is his real godson, a casting idea made by Radcliffe himself served to help him establish an authentic relationship between father and son.
Mark Gatiss was asked to write the screenplay.
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.