The Woman in Black, both a movie and a book, has been hitting the book stores and movie theatres with its newfound popularity. Proclaimed an academic thriller, is it really all it’s cracked up to be?

The Movie

Daniel Radcliffe stars as the protagonist Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer who recently lost his wife. To put an eccentric and deceased client’s affairs to rest, Kipps is sent to a remote village where the client once lived. The plot thickens as the village begins acting suspicious, seemingly not all they’re cracked up to be. Kipps discovers a terrifying ghost in his late client’s house, exacting revenge on any who don’t give her who or what she wants.

With such an attractive and popular star carrying the lead role, The Woman in Black has to be good, right? Some reviewers might think otherwise.

Rotten Tomatoes, a popular review site, only gave The Woman in Black a 6/10. IMDb, another widely known reviewing website, only gave the movie a 6.6/10. So what was wrong with it?

Most of the people who gave The Woman in Black a rotten review claimed that it was your every day, cliche ghost story. It took too much time for the anticipation to build and some things were left unsaid after the movie was over.
Spooky and thrilling, it simply lacked any lust that the modern generation now craves; it didn’t carry any twist or zing for the viewer to soak in.
The Book

The novel in question fairs a lot better as far as reviews go. Written and released in 1983 by Susan Hill, one review suggests that it starts out slow in the first chapter, but quickly starts to pick up the pace as it continues on through the plot. Conclusively, it’s 176 pages of suspenseful horror and captivating detail.

A positive review exclaims that The Woman in Black is better than your average ghost story, though still a classic read. It received an 8/10 as far as a rating goes, and is encouraged as a good read to people interested in ghost stories.
What You Didn’t Know

After it’s release in 1983, the novel The Woman in Black was adapted to a stage play by Stephen Mallatratt. It was first performed in 1987, and is now known as the second longest running play on the West End, right next to Mousetrap.

Less than two years later, a TV show sprung up carrying the same name, based off of the original story. Written by Nigel Kneale, who is famous for his sci-fiseries Quartermass, the show was popular at first but didn’t carry on towards
anything special.

I hope that this has gotten your reviewing juices flowing. Carry on with reviews of your own, and may the pen be with you.

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