The Woman in Black

We actually only watched half of it. I mentioned that I had a few movies I wanted to watch that tied in well with RIP. One was The Woman in Black (2012). I read the story recently (my comments are here) and hadn’t found it as scary as I had expected. I wanted to watch the movie to see how they compared and I had heard the movier was spookier than the book. My dearest husband, who is not a fan of ghosts, agreed, reluctantly, to watch it with me last weekend.

The movie itself fit the picture I had in my head, although the opening scene of three children jumping out a window was disturbing. The old house was dark and cobwebby and lonely, a suitable atmosphere for a ghost story. The whole feeling was tense. It was a spooky movie, but not exactly scary, in my opinion. But I didn’t get to see the whole thing.

About halfway through the movie, I look over at David and he is HATING it. We ended up turning it off. That’s the last spooky movie I’ll try. I sometimes forget how much the ghost idea bother him. Apparently just watching the first half was akin to torture.

From what I saw the movie was enjoyable and what I expected. Spooky but predictable, similar to the book. I will say, though, from what I saw the movie is a bit better. The feeling comes through so much better in images and voices than it did in writing in this case.

I’m counting this as my first movie for R.I.P. VII, a reading event embracing the ghastly and ghostly, mysterious and grim, even if I didn’t watch the whole thing. R.I.P. VII is hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings.


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