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Harry Potter himself stars in James Watkins' (Eden Lake, Descent 2) remake of the classic British chiller The Woman in Black. The movie, which comes from Hammer Films, about a lawyer who comes in conact with ghosts in an old British manor is considered something of a classic ghost story in the UK, but is largely unknown here.

The story follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe), who is ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in the client’s isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover tragic secrets, his unease growing when he glimpses a mysterious woman dressed only in black. Receiving only silence from the locals, Kipps is forced to uncover the true identity of the Woman in Black on his own, leading to a desperate race against time when he discovers her true intent.

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 Woman in Black is based on a book by Susan hill.

Besides Daniel Radcliff, the remake also stars Ciaran Hinds, Liz White, Janet McTeer and Alisa Khazanova and has an October 28 release date set in the UK. There is no US date at this point, but I predict will get a straight to VOD/Bluray release as nobody much cares about this product here even if Radcliff is in it.

Teaser trailer after the break.

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trailer via: IGN

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Stress (11 years ago) Reply

Awesome teaser!


G_D (11 years ago) Reply

Looks great, even with Potter in it! Not quite sure why they hired Radcliff for the main lead though. Is it because he's seen the stageshow version of it it a few times in London like most people down there, and wanted to be a part of it. Or are they trying to get as many Harry Potter fans as possible to buy tickets?

I wouldn't care much for this film like most won't who have never read the book. But I was fortunate enough to see the stage version of it last year in London. Looking at ticket prices again this year it seems to to still be doing very ell and selling out nearly every show.

There's basically no violence or sex scenes in this film, just a good atmospheric rural ghost storry. Similar to 'The Others'


soma (11 years ago) Reply

I've seen it at the theatre - It's really good and also Londons longest running play...

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