31 August 2014

The Woman in Black (1989)
100 min.
Directed by Herbert Wise.
With Adrian Rawlins, Bernard Hepton, David Daker, Pauline Moran, David Ryall, Clare Holman, John Cater, John Franklyn-Robbins, Fiona Walker, William Simons, Robin Weaver.
Based on a book by Susan Hill, this British TV movie makes an utterly captivating ghost story.

A solicitor (Rawlins) is sent to finalize the affairs of a recently deceased woman and her isolated estate.

But he begins to be plagued by random appearances of a woman dressed all in black...the disembodied voice of a child...and terror-filled screams on the marsh waters.

Will he piece together all the puzzling clues and find the answers? Or is he already prey of something truly evil?

Highly atmospheric, with a powerful performance by Rawlins and a smack-in-your-face ending to rival the best of the downbeat films of the 1970s.

Highly recommended.

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