Monday, January 30, 2012

Movie Monday: "The Woman in Black"

I love books (clearly) and I love movies, so I thought it would be fun to feature more book-to-movie info on Steph's Stacks. I would love to hear about some of your most anticipated book-to-movie releases!

The Woman in Black

I don't know...what DID they see? It's creepin' me out!!!

So, Daniel Radcliff has been pretty busy since his Harry Potter days have come to a close *sniff*. He has become quite the tour de force on Broadway in both plays (Equus) and musicals (How to Succeed in Business, Without Really Trying), nominated for Drama Desk Awards for both roles, but The Woman in Black is Radcliff's first foray back to the big screen. This movie looks pretty darn creepy and I'm excited to see where Radcliff's next adventure will take him.

Book Info: (Goodreads)

What real reader does not yearn, somewhere in the recesses of his or her heart, for a really literate, first-class thriller: one that chills the body with foreboding of dark deeds to come, but warms the soul with perceptions and language at once astute and vivid? In other words, a ghost story by Jane Austen.

Austen we cannot, alas, give you, but Susan Hill's remarkable Woman In Black comes as close as the late twentieth century is likely to provide. Set on the obligatory English moor, on an isolated causeway, the story's hero is Arthur Kipps, an up-and-coming young solicitor who has come north to attend the funeral and settle the estate of Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. The routine formalities he anticipates give way to a tumble of events and secrets more sinister and terrifying than any nightmare: the rocking chair in the nursery of the deserted Eel Marsh House, the eerie sound of pony and trap, a child's scream in the fog, and, most dreadfully, and for Kipps most tragically, the woman in black.
The Woman In Black is both a brilliant exercise in atmosphere and controlled horror and a delicious spine-tingler-proof positive that that neglected genre, the ghost story, isn't dead after all.
Quote: “A man may be accused of cowardice for fleeing away from all manner of physical dangers but when things supernatural, insubstantial and inexplicable threaten not only his safety and well-being but his sanity, his innermost soul, then retreat is not a sign of weakness but the most prudent course.” True that.
The book sounds great and I just added it to my wishlist! As far as the movie goes, early reviews for The Woman in Black are great with an 86% positive rating (by top critics) on Rotten Tomatoes. I can't wait to see this spook-fest!
Movie Info: (IMDb) Release Date 2/3/12

Director: James Watkins

Writers: Susan Hill (novel), Jane Goldman (screenplay)


That's if for this week, peeps!

Next Week:

The Vow with Channing Tatum and Rachael McAdams

What book-to-movie adaptation are you excited to see? Feel free to share in the comments below!


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