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Synopsis: In the years following World War I, grief was rife in England. Ghost stories were plentiful and one woman made it her job to expose the hoaxers taking advantage of those who had lost loved ones. She is called to a boarding school to discover the truth behind a mysterious schoolboy ghost and finds out more than she had bargained for.

Main Cast: Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Joseph Mawle, Alfie Field

The Hype: Very little about this one when it was released I’m afraid, just as you would expect really from a low budget BBC film but it was given a small cinema release but wasn’t a success.

What I Thought: I thought this was quite similar in style to the original version of The Woman In Black which you can find reviewed HERE. The BBC have a knack it seems of making good ghost stories and this would have probably been better suited to a small screen rather than a cinema release, no matter how limited. Having said that, I did enjoy it. The story is intriguing and the reveal is quite clever and it did keep me thinking until the end. The cast is a decent one and both Rebecca Hall and Dominic West have done much bigger things than this so the acting on show here isn’t in the least amateur. There are a couple of dodgy special effect, but on the whole its well shot and the quality of the story keeps you watching.

Conclusions: If you liked either version of The Woman In Black then you might just like this one aswell. Worth a watch if you find yourself with nothing much to do on a rainy day.

Smurfin’ The Web Rating: 3stars

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