The Woman in Black

Theatrical Release: February 3, 2012
The Woman in Black


Arthur Kipps, a widowed lawyer whose grief has put his career in jeopardy, is sent to a remote village to sort out the affairs of a recently deceased eccentric. But upon his arrival, it soon becomes clear that everyone in the town is keeping a deadly secret. Although the townspeople try to keep Kipps from learning their tragic history, he soon discovers that the house belonging to his client is haunted by the ghost of a woman who is determined to find someone and something she lost…and no one, not even the children, are safe from her vengeance.

Dove Review

Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is a lawyer who lost his wife during childbirth. He looks at his son’s crayon drawings of himself and asks why his son has him frowning in all of them. His son tells him it’s because that’s how his face looks. Arthur decides he can work as a lawyer and move on with his life. But he finds it’s not that simple. He sees a woman, a specter, wearing black and this spirit encourages children to harm themselves.

Viewers should be warned that there are several jump scenes in this movie which might alarm them with such things happening as a faucet suddenly pouring out water and a bird appearing suddenly to fly overhead. Daniel Radcliffe does a fine job of conveying fear and tension in this movie but due to the heavy occult themes and violence, such as a character spitting up blood, we cannot award our Dove Seal to this movie as being family friendly.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: G/OMG-3; H-1
Violence: A graphic scene of a woman being hung; a woman uses a knife to etch marks on table and it is of someone hanging; characters hit by a train; character perishes in flames; three girls jump out a window and die and screams are heard and a woman cries out, "My babies"; blood is seen on a sheet from a woman dying in childbirth and screams are heard; a character spits up a lot of blood; a character holds a razor to his throat; a character briefly carries a hatchet with him.
Drugs: Several drinking scenes including a woman pouring a drink quickly down her throat; a woman drinks daily; brandy and beer are seen.; a man gets out a cigar but never smokes it.
Nudity: None
Other: Death and grief as there is the loss of a wife during childbirth and of a son; spirits and people being haunted; several jump scenes such as a faucet suddenly running and a bird suddenly flying by and a figure standing next to a character; characters harm themselves when the spirit appears; suddenly figures appear next to people; a close-up of a white-faced spirit that is a bit frightening; frightening scenes of figures.


Company: CBS Films
Writer: Susan Hill & Jane Goldman
Director: James Watkins
Producer: Simon Oakes
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 95 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter