If you’re Daniel Radcliffe and you’re gradually looking to shed your Harry Potter skin, what do you do? First, you star in a dramatic revival of Equus in London and New York; return for a happy-go-lucky musical revival of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying on Broadway; then finally star in the cinematic adaption of the spine-tingling British ghost story The Woman In Black, and playing the older role of a father to boot. That latter project arrives in theaters next February, and judging from the trailer below, looks set to be a terrifying thrill ride.
The original novel The Woman In Black by Susan Hill was published in 1983 and has since been adapted for British television, radio and stage. (The stage show has been playing at the Fortune Theatre in London’s West End since 1989.) In this unnerving tale, a young solicitor named Arthur Kipps attends the funeral of a client, a recently deceased widow named Alice Drablow who lived in an eerie, old seaside house cut off from the mainland at high tide. Her presence and that house scared the nearby townspeople. Kipps then stays at Mrs. Drablow’s estate to sort through her papers and unexpectedly delves into her dark past. His investigation gets quite hair-raising from there as he learns why she is so fearsome.
I saw the long-running play in the West End back in 2007, and that was a chilling experience with only three actors on stage. This movie, one of the first new Hammer films since 1979, promises plenty of fearful pleasure for horror hounds.