Solicitor sent to handle a widow's estate in an isolated corner of coastal England begins to be haunted by the spectre of a woman in black. No one in town will speak of it, but slowly a tragedy makes itself known. Unfortunately, the story behind the haunting is all revealed a bit too late. . .
Slow-moving ghost story will probably not appeal to those raised to think Paranormal Activity-type dreck is scary, but the air of inexorable dread created by this film is far more frightening. The idea of the vengeful spirit who will have her justice, no matter what, no matter whether it is deserved or not, is a particularly British one, and The Woman in Black is a fine example (and also of the ghost story at Christmas, another British tradition). Based on an excellent novel by Susan Hill, but differing in key ways, especially the ending.
Remade in 2012, with Harry Potter in the role his onscreen father played a quarter-century earlier.