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THE WOMAN IN BLACK

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THE WOMAN IN BLACK

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 94m 47s

Release date 10/02/2012

BBFCInsight Contains intense supernatural threat and horror

Genre(s) Horror, Thriller

Director(s) James Watkins

Cast includes Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer, Shaun Dooley, Alfie Field

Cut This work was cut. The cuts were made at the request of the distributor to achieve a particular category. To obtain this category cuts of 0m 6s were required. Details of cuts below may contain spoilers or plot details.

BBFCinsight publication date 31/01/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE WOMAN IN BLACK is a horror drama, based on the ghost story by Susan Hill, in which a young lawyer travels to a remote rural village where he discovers a vengeful ghost responsible for the deaths of local children.

Threat

There are a number of scenes of supernatural horror and threat in which the ghost of the 'woman in black', as well as the ghosts of her victims, appear to and threaten the central character and others. The general tone of the film is quite bleak and the premise of a ghost manipulating children into harming or killing themselves, make this a potentially disturbing feature for young children. The film also includes a scene in which the ghost of the 'woman in black' appears to hang herself from a noose. It also includes a scene in which a young girl smashes an oil lamp, causing herself to burst into flames. Both these scenes were reduced in order to achieve a '12A' classification. In another scene, a girl coughs up blood after ingesting caustic soda.

The film also contains repeated verbal and visual references to a young boy drowning in a muddy swamp, to a mother dying in childbirth and some dated references to 'harlot'.

Cuts information

Distributor chose to reduce moments of strong violence / horror in order to achieve a '12A' classification. Cuts made in line with BBFC Guidelines and policy. A '15' classification without cuts was available.

Details

Title
THE WOMAN IN BLACK
Year
2012
Distributor(s)
Momentum Theatrical
Classified date(s)
20/01/2012
Main language
English
Submitted run time
94m 53s
Approved footage
8530+8
BBFC reference
CFF277407
Registration number
CFJ25108
Remarks
In addition to the 6 seconds of visual cuts, substitutions were also made by darkening some shots and by reducing the sound levels on others.

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