|Duration||1h 38m||Rating (UK)||15|
|Source of story||A story by Susan Hill, which became a stage play and then a film “The Woman in Black”.|
|Starring||Phoebe Fox, Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine,|
Elevator Pitch: A group of children seeking safety from the WW II blitz are sent with a couple of teachers to the derelict Eel Marsh House, unbeknown to them (but known to us) the scene of a haunting forty years before. One of the children whose parents had been killed by a bomb, and is consequently mute, is teased by the other boys and is influenced by an unseen force in the house. One of the teachers, Eve, is attracted to a young RAF pilot who is in charge of a base close to the end of the causeway to the house. When the children start to die, apparently killing themselves the teachers are desperate to get the rest away, but there is nowhere to go.
Content: No sex or nudity, drinking, drugs or any fun. Virtually the whole film presented in semi-darkness, with unseen evil forces just out of frame. Since the children are the target, and despite every effort by the adults, deaths occur I would suggest some parental control. The teachers mostly stumble about in the dark looking for the children, Eve on one occasion meeting up with a blind man in the cellars (I thought). People travel back and forth across the causeway which is submerged at high water, sometimes marooning people in the house.
A View: The critics did not like this at all, and it only achieved 4.8 on the IMDb Likes list. Despite this it seems to have covered its production cost on its first weekend. I just could not get away from the unlikely possibility that any group of children would have been evacuated from London to a house which has holes in the ceilings, and more, and that despite protests from the teachers there was nowhere else for them to go. The plot was incredibly weak, and the darkness was very wearing, so despite its moderate financial success I am making thesis an ALMOST DON’T SEE.
Additional Info: There were plans for a third film but in 2020 it does not seem to have materialised.