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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 02.02.10] Tuvalu United Kingdom movie news horror

Worlds collide.

My father-in-law loves classic Brit TV and The Woman in Black is one of his all time favorite BBC productions. He has been singing its and Herbert Wise' praises for years now and has tried to get me to watch it on numerous occasions. I've always meant to, but am usually so busy muscling through piles of screeners that it never seems to happened. Of course, now that our worlds have collided with this morning's news that Eden Lake director, James Watkins, will take on a remake, well, I've officially got no choice but to give it a spin.

Luckily he's got it on home video, because finding it for many others has proven a chore. Despite its cult status, The Woman in Black was never released on DVD in the UK. There was an R1 DVD in the U.S but it is out of print, with originals now changing hands for over $200 a copy.

The story of The Woman in Black revolves around a young lawyer is sent by his firm to settle the estate of a recently deceased widow. The lawyer finds the townspeople reluctant to talk about or go near the woman's dreary home and no one will explain or even acknowledge the menacing woman in black he keeps seeing. Ignoring the towns-people's cryptic warnings, he goes to the house where he discovers its horrible history and becomes ensnared in its even more horrible legacy.

The new production is being produced by UK production house Exclusive Media who announced purchasing the film remake rights to Susan Hill's bestselling Gothic novel of the same name.

News via: 24FPS

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Interceptor (11 years ago) Reply

I remember being about 13, and this was on the TV one Xmas Eve. I sat down with my mam and sister, then 10, all excited to watch a 'spooky film'. Well, let me tell you, there were two sh*t-scared kids in the house that night! We had to turn it off! This drama cranked up the psychological tension to the max. And when the scares came, they were truly terrifying! I've not seen this film in 20+ years and, to be honest, I think I'd still have a problem watching it, if only for the scene when the woman in black appears in the bedroom. Hollywood could learn a lot from this depressing, bleak and genuinely scary drama. Let's hope a remake steers clear of 'cheap' scares and honours the spirit of the creepy original.

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