Recently widowed lawyer Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe) reluctantly leaves his young son in London when his law firm demands that he head to a remote village in the north of England where the decaying Eel Marsh House resides and deal with the will of the recently deceased Mrs. Drablow. When he gets there he encounters hostile and superstitious locals living in fear of some threat that seems to be connected to a mysterious woman in black. Soon he suffers terrifying visions and begins to uncover a dark story connected to the house and its former residents.
After a string of films set in modern times like “Let Me In”, Hammer Horror has returned to its roots with an old fashioned tale involving gothic houses, superstitious rustic locals and supernatural threats.
The film is based on a highly successful book by the writer Susan Hill (my mother is a major fan so she must be good). It has been quite influential as it has spawned a television series and a long-running stage play in London’s West End. Jane Goldman, who adapted Kick Ass and Star Dust, works her magic here by changing elements of the book and making it more cinematic according to my mother.