When I first heard that Daniel Radcliffe was going to star in the movie version of The Woman in Black I was super excited. I feel a strong connection to that story since I survived seeing the play when I was in London.
Why do I say “survived” seeing the play? Because the play is freaking terrifying!! When I was in London, I latched on to a lovely group of theater majors who were also on the trip and we went to a lot of shows together. I think I went to 12 in all during the three months I was there. I missed most of the big ones (The Lion King, Wicked, Chicago, etc.) but offhand I remember seeing Les Mis, Stones in His Pockets (the play Dan went to with his parents and met David Heyman for the first time……not a play for kids btw), Mama Mia, Noises Off, Private Lives (with Alan Rickman!!!) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (with Brendan Fraser). It was easy for us to go to so many plays because if you had a student ID you could get any last minute tickets for super cheap right before the show started.
Well, one evening Josh asked if I wanted to go see The Woman in Black. I said sure, whatever, because I had no idea what I was getting into. Not until we got to the theater and I saw all the super creepy posters did I realize that this was a SCARY play. I figured, “how scary can it be? It’s a play, it will be so easy to tell that everything is fake!” I could not have been more wrong. The Woman in Black is soooooooo terrifying. I don’t even remember much about the plot, just that this young dude spends some time in this spooky house and a woman in black keeps appearing. It may sound kind of lame, but trust me, it is anything but. At one point during the show, the woman actually walked down the main aisle of the theater and everybody screamed bloody murder. If I hadn’t been safely up in the cheap balcony seats I would have run out into the dark streets of London by myself to escape the horror.
So anyway, enough rambling. I figured that since I survived the play, the movie would be no problem at all. Well, after seeing this trailer, I think I am going to skip this movie until I can watch it in broad daylight, surrounded by family and friends and my cats.
Awwwww man! Why did I have to watch it again?? Now I am going to have nightmares for days.
Edit: I just found the website for the play!!