Release Date: February 3, 2012 Studio: CBS Films Director: James Watkins Screenwriter: Jane Goldman Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Liz White, Janet McTeer, Alisa Khazanova Genre: Horror MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material and violence/disturbing imaes)
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.
The Daniel Radcliffe-starring The Woman in Black proved to be a success when it opened in early 2012. Naturally, that means sequels. One is currently in the works called The Woman in Black: Angel of Death. The film is complete and on track for a February 2014 release in the UK. But does Hammer see a future in which more Woman in Black films exists?
What do you think?
Total Film spoke to Simon Oakes, CEO of Hammer, and he told them this
Hammer Films top dog, Simon Oakes, attended a UK screening of The Woman in Black recently and discussed the company and the future of the series – which is being envisioned as a series. The Woman in Black: Angels of Death is currently in development and Oakes is hoping a certain actor will return.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is bringing the Daniel Radcliffe-starring The Woman in Black to DVD and Blu-ray on May 22nd.
In the supernatural thriller, Radcliffe (Harry Potter) plays Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer who travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. The film also stars Ciaran Hinds (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs) and Liz White (Wild Bill).
Both the Blu-ray and DVD both include commentary by the writer and the director as well as two all-new featurettes: “Inside The Perfect Thriller: Making Woman in Black,” a discussion with the filmmakers and cast; and “No Fear: Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps,” in which Radcliffe discusses the most challenging and interesting parts of playing this character.
Hammer’s hit film The Woman in Black has broken records again after becoming the UK’s highest grossing British horror film since records began 20 years ago.
The film has now made more than many Hollywood productions shot in the UK with British talent such as: The Others, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Interview with a Vampire, as well as home-grown horrors such as Shaun Of The Dead and 28 Days Later.
The film has scored a hat-trick at the top of the UK box office for distributor Momentum Pictures. Holding the number one slot in the UK for the last 3 weeks, it has taken a total of £14,598,813 (that’s about $23.2 million) on 457 screens.
It was a tight race all weekend, but Chronicle – the found footage thriller – came out on top at the box office with $22 million. That’s an impressive debut for newcomer director Joshua Trank and stars Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan and Alex Russell.
Could a sequel follow? It’s possible. Trank and writer Max Landis have a trilogy envisioned.
After the jump, find out how The Woman in Black – another film which made its debut this weeked – fared.
“Loud” does not equal “scary.” That’s something no one seemed to have told director James Watkins before he embarked on The Woman in Black, a film that is being described as an old school ghost story. And yes, it is indeed old school; however, it all too often relies on tiresome modern scare tactics to the point where it becomes laughable.
Seasoned horror fans will find themselves filled with ennui and creating a mental checklist of every genre trope imaginable the film calls upon – usually with ear-piercing vigor. Newcomers to fright fare – and I imagine that is this PG-13 film’s draw – will likely enjoy the supernatural assault it offers and seeing former Potter, Daniel Radcliffe, pushing his way through a house of horrors.
Daniel Radcliffe is making quick work of moving on from the monumentally successful Harry Potter franchise. Aside from just finishing a yearlong run on Broadway in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, he has his first big post-Potter leading role with the period shocker The Woman In Black.
Adapted from the cult 1983 novel by Susan Hill, it’s a traditional Victorian Ghost story in which Radcliffe’s Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer who recently lost his wife, is sent to settle the affairs of an estate that may be haunted by a vengeful spirit. The movie co-stars the great Ciarán Hinds (There Will Be Blood) and Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs).
Radcliffe took the time to sit down with us in New York to discuss his thoughts on horror, the Hammer Films legacy, what really scares him, and his future role as beat poet Allen Ginsberg.