- Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Liz White, Janet McTeer, Alisa Khazanova, Roger Allam, Shaun Dooley, Mary Stockley, David Burke, Victor McGuire, Lucy May Barker, Tim McMullan, Daniel Cerqueira, Sophie Stuckey, Sidney Johnston, Aoife Doherty, Alexia Osborne, Teresa Churcher, Alfie Field, Paul J. Dove, Misha Handley, Harry & Oliver Newman, Ashley Foster, Emma Shorey
- Director: James Watkins
- Writers: Jane Goldman, Susan Hill
- Producers: Richard Jackson, Simon Oakes, Brian Oliver
- Co Producers: Ben Holden, Paul Ritchie, Todd Thompson, Sean Wheelan
- Executive Producers: Guy East, Roy Lee, Nigel Sinclair, Tyler Thompson
- Art Direction: Paul Ghirardani
- Casting: Karen Lindsay-Stewart
- Costume Design: Keith Madden
- D.O.P.: Tim Maurice-Jones
- Editor: Jon Harris
- Makeup: Jeremy Woodhead
- Music: Marco Beltrami
- Production Design: Kave Quinn
- Set Decoration: Niamh Coulter
The story follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps, 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.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: London, UK
- MPAA Warning: Thematic material and violence/disturbing images
- Production Budget: $17 million
- Production Companies: Alliance Films, Cross Creek Pictures, Film i Väst, Filmgate, Hammer Film Productions
- Production Schedule: 27 September 2010 - 4 December 2010
2012 Guide Analysis: "There's quite a bit of anticipation for this third adaptation of Susan Hill's 1983 Victorian gothic horror novel considering the previous incarnations. The first was the 1987 stage play, the version most are familiar with, which has since become the second longest running play in the history of the West End behind only Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap".
The second was ITV's hard to find and unfortunately somewhat dated 1989 TV movie adaptation which starred Adrian Rawlins as the solicitor and Pauline Moran, best known as Miss Lemon in the popular "Poirot" series, as the titular woman. "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe plays the solicitor in this incarnation, a cute bit of casting considering Rawlins played Harry Potter's father James in that film series.
For those unfamiliar with the story, it's set in the 1920's and deals with the young lawyer being assigned to deal with the belongings of a recently deceased widow living in a small market town on the UK's east coast. The woman lived at Eel Marsh House, a desolate and secluded estate in the middle of a marsh that's cut off at high tide and often surrounded by mist. It's there, on his own, that strange sounds begin and the terrifying truth of the woman is ultimately revealed.
Both the play and telemovie were famous for a big focus on atmosphere over visual gore and restraint in the best possible ways - noise effects, fog, shadows, movement and slow burn suspense building to quite bleak and dark endings considering the time. Helping this incarnation along is some top notch talent including the under-rated Radcliffe along with the likes of Janet McTeer, Ciaran Hinds and "Life on Mars" actress Liz White as 'The Woman'.
"X-Men First Class," "The Debt" and "Kick Ass" scribe Jane Goldman penned the script while James Watkins is directing - an unexpected but interesting choice. Watkins' "Eden Lake" starring Michael Fassbender and Kelly Reilly is one of the most memorably unsettling horror films I've seen in recent years, and it'll be interesting to see what he can do with the more restrained stylings of Hill's tale. Judging from the trailers and early British press screenings though, we've got a winner on our hands."