The Woman in Black

I have done the unthinkable, I watched a horror movie on my own.

I wanted to watch a post Harry Potter movie with one of the trio. I watched a lot of movies with Emma Watson, but almost none with Rupert Grint or Daniel Radcliffe.

So I decided to watch “The Woman in Black“. This movie was a lot more accessible than any of Rupert Grint movies, since British movies are really hard to find in Romania, especially if they aren’t that well known.

As I said, “The Woman in Black” is a horror movie. The movie doesn’t have a lot of blood, but it has a lot of scenes were you just jump out of your seat. Some of them are easy to anticipate but even so you get a jolt whenever they come.

The movie is based on the book “The Woman in Black” by Susan Hill.

It’s a sad story of a young man, Arthur Kipps, who lost his wife when she was giving birth to their son. He tries to make a living for himself and his son and he is put in a difficult situation where he has to go to the country side and take care of some legal papers otherwise he will get fired by his employer.

He ends up in a small depressing village (very much British like, with lots of fog and mud everywhere) where everyone just wants him to go back to the city. The locals try to hide the town’s tragic history from Kipps, but he soon learns that the house of his client is haunted by a woman in black. Whenever someone sees the woman in black a child dies.

Most of the children of the locals have died in tragic circumstances and no one knows why the woman is killing them.

Kipps, while looking through all the papers in the haunted mansion finds that the woman is actually seeking vengeance. She had a boy that she had to give up for adoption because she couldn’t take care of him, and the family that adopted him (her sister and her husband) do not let her see her son and nor do they let their son read all the birthday cards he receives from his true mother.

There was an accident and the boy is killed and his body was never recovered.

The woman in black commits suicide and her soul starts seeking vengeance since she was never able to be with her son. And from there all the killings in the village.

Of course being a horror movie there is no happy ending. Kipps tries to put the woman at peace by recovering the body of her little boy from the mud where he actually died. But, she cannot find peace and she eventually kills Kipps and his little boy.

The ending scene presents the Kipps family being reunited in death. It actually is a good ending to the Kipps family, sad but good.

I actually liked the movie. Its an old school horror movie and hopefully the book will be such as good since I do plan on reading it in the near future. As for Daniel Radcliffe, well they were right about his acting, its actually good.

Its actually a lot better than Emma Watson’s acting.

Now all that is needed is a Rupert Grint movie and I can consider myself satisfied.

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