'The Woman in Black' movie is based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Susan Hill. The long-awaited film version stars Radcliffe, Ciaran HInds and Janet McTeer, among others. When Radcliffe, as Arthur Kipps, arrives at the remote Eel Marsh House to settle the estate of an elderly woman who has just died, he quickly discovers that something mysterious is happening in the home. Eventually, Kipps learns the terrifying tale of the Woman in Black, and realizes he might be in over his head.
Arthur hasn't even gotten off the train before he begins to realize that something is very strange about the Eel Marsh House, thanks to resident Mr. Daily (Ciaran Hinds). Something is definitely very, very wrong about that house.
Mr. Daily: "So, you're from London, trying to sell the Eel Marsh House?"
Arthur Kipps: "Yes."
Mr. Bentley: "You won't find a local buyer. The sooner the house is sold, the sooner people can move on."
Spectre of Darkness
Is the entire town cursed by The Woman in Black? Quite possibly, but the story suggests that the Eel Marsh House is the epicenter of all the worst activity, haunted by "the spectre of darkness" -- a ghost that terrorizes everyone, but especially the children.
Child's Voice: "During afternoon tea, there's a shift in the air. A bone trembling chill that tells you she's there. There are those who believe the whole town is cursed - but the house in the marsh is by far worse. What she wants is unknown, but she always comes back. The spectre of darkness: The Woman in Black."
Tricks in the Dark
Arthur Kipps seems like a rational, sensible guy - until he gets wrapped up in the mystery surrounding the Eel Marsh House. Once that happens, he starts to see things he can't explain. Are they, as Mr. Daily suggests, merely "tricks in the dark?" Or is the Woman in Black real?
Mr. Daily: "I believe even the most rational mind can play tricks in the dark."
The Woman in Black Poem
This eerie poem sets the mood for 'The Woman in Black,' and it explains what's going on. A vengeful spirit haunts the Eel Marsh House. If you see her, you die. This includes the town's children.
Child's Voice: "Have you seen her? The Woman in Black? She once lost a boy, and now she’s come back. Our parents all worry, they make such a fuss: For if she can’t find him, she’ll take one of us."