The woman in black house location
Not since young Hutter arrived at Orlok's castle in " Nosferatu " has a journey to a dreaded house been more fearsome than the one in "The Woman in Black. In this case, a green, Victorian-era attorney named Arthur Kipps Daniel Radcliffe is visiting a haunted house in the north of England, which can be reached only by a single-track road on a long, narrow causeway that lies so low in a brackish sea that the waters lap its edges. Arthur's mission is to search the decrepit gothic mansion for the papers of its late occupant. This woman is said to haunt the house in mourning for her dead child.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: La dama de negro
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The aesthetic of a horror film is the most important thing about it. If you get that wrong, everything is ruined. There was no danger of that on this set, where every nuance was scrutinised. If the film were more upbeat, the attention to vintage detail could be described as lavish. Instead, with the film's haunting tone, it comes across as both disturbing and macabre.
The atmosphere is predictably dark: there is a lot of candlelight inside and mist outside, handprints on the windows and dogs barking at blank space. The film features hundreds of original vintage artefacts, all showcased to maximum effect: taxidermy figures, bizarre children's toys, creepy porcelain dolls, eerie family portraits with the eyes scratched out. The lighting and grey and sepia colour tones throughout are crucial in the film, and the cinematography has already been praised in online film forums.
The way we shoot it, the sound design and all those things will contribute. There's an opportunity to make a great British ghost story that's classy and scary. Set decorator Niamh Coulter and production designer Kave Quinn went to great lengths to research the period intricately, uncovering all kinds of unsavoury insights into the Victorian psyche. Props master Jamie Wilkinson explains: "Niamh had all this wonderful imagery on the walls [during preparation]. It was quite a grim time for death, and the Victorians seemed to really thrive on it.
It was a morbid time. They painted pictures of their dead children. Wilkinson adds: "It was common to carry a picture of a dead person or a lock of their hair. So Daniel's character has a locket on his fob chain [with a picture of his dead wife].
They even took pictures of their children as corpses and kept them on the wall. They used to sit their [dead] children next to a teddy bear on the couch and that would be the last memory of that person.
That vogue lasted for 20 or 30 years. The children's toys are no less spooky. Wilkinson says: "All the automatons were in the script, and James [Watkins] was very specific about what he wanted, particularly the monkey with the clappers and a very scary clown. We found all of it, none of it was made.
All the artefacts in the film are Victorian originals. The only thing we did make was the zoetrope [a moving picture cylinder with slits cut vertically in the sides]. It's like a Victorian Rubik's Cube.
We had to modify it for the shot, to make a scaled-up version so you can see the ghost's eye looking through. Very often you go to all this trouble to make and source props and the effort is not seen.
The action in the film takes place in and around a small, remote village and nearby Eel Marsh House, the place haunted by the Woman in Black.
The whole feel of the area is very claustrophobic. In reality, it was shot across 15 different locations. There were other locations in Essex and Yorkshire. The house itself was in Peterborough, an actual house we dressed up. The shoot for the entire film was nine weeks and they only had a week to get the haunted house ready. In real life it is Cotterstock Hall, a perfectly unscary, lived-in residence which had been previously used in a children's TV drama.
We just put layers and layers on. We had a greenery department to dress feet of garden with benches all overgrown," adds Wilkinson. Location manager Chris Moore had a very specific brief for the haunted house itself. The director and the production designer wanted the house to be taller rather than wider. It's got a foreboding about it. There's this idea that it's standing over Arthur Kipps as he approaches it.
We went with that house because of the colour of the stone as well. It has something about it you can't quite put your finger on. It just feels eerie and isolated. The local village also needed to be special, Moore adds.
A friend of mine scouted a hamlet in the Yorkshire dales, and when I went there and drove over the hill, there it was, looking exactly like it had dropped from the sky. The nearest village is 15 miles away.
During filming there was much excitement locally when "Harry Potter" was spotted. The locations for The Woman in Black have already been hyped as "poised to become tourist hotspots" as part of a new trend for "location vacations" for film buffs desperate to see the original settings.
Personally, I'd just like to say one thing: if, having seen the film, you do decide to visit any of these places, you might want to take a massive industrial torch with you for use at night as well as someone very large and comforting to hold your hand at all times. I'm not sure I will ever be able to look at a stretch of marshland ever again without shuddering.
Wilkinson's scariest moment in the finished film? The rocking chair does it for me. Even though I had read the script loads of times, when I saw it on film I finally realised why you see the chair rocking.
I jumped on more than one occasion. Moore was less easily spooked when he saw the film for the first time recently. He laughs long and hard at me when I tell him I could not watch most of the film because I was so petrified, then adds: "So was my wife. The entire crew had an uncomfortable moment while shooting one particular scene at the train station. It was two o'clock in the morning in October. All the crew were, like, 'Woah'. Topics Drama films Woman in black supplement.
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It is located in Eel Marsh Island , a plot of land surrounded by marshland, accessible only via the Nine Lives Causeway which floods in high tide, blocking all access. When Alice's sister, Jennet Humfrye , was deemed "mentally unstable" to raise her child born out of wedlock, Nathaniel , the Drablows took him in, and raised him as their child, refusing Jennet visits and not giving him her birthday cards. After Nathaniel's accidental death on the causeway, Jennet hung herself from the rafters on the nursery, and has haunted the house since then. In , following Alice Drablow 's death, Arthur Kipps was sent to the house to collect her papers and to assure there weren't any updated last wills and testaments.
The aesthetic of a horror film is the most important thing about it. If you get that wrong, everything is ruined. There was no danger of that on this set, where every nuance was scrutinised. If the film were more upbeat, the attention to vintage detail could be described as lavish.
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In fact, the exterior of the home was so pristine that when filming began for The Woman in Black, the crew had to add extra ivy and faux cobwebs to transform the hall into a horror set. Love this? The home's six reception rooms are awash with light, neutral colour schemes, including the morning room with its mint walls and floral drapes. An antique desk, complete with a telescope, makes a particularly attractive focal point. Check out these celebrity childhood homes. The vast property also comes with a range of outbuildings, including this handy garden store. Not so scary after all is it? Loved this? Do you want to comment on this article? You need to be signed in for this feature.
Eel Marsh House
If you go to Crythin Gifford on the north east coast of England, walk through the marshes, never mind the fog and unfriendly silence , you will reach Eel Marsh House; an old gothic mansion standing alone and abandoned. Its last known inhabitant was likewise alone and abandoned Mrs Alice Drablow. But there is still an unspoken presence, roaming around the dark corridors of the house. You might feel it when you are there all alone with just a candlestick as your guide. Or if you walk among the graves, she might appear: the woman in black.
The Woman in Black is an acclaimed ghost story from Susan Hill. The ghost of a scorned woman, the Woman in Black, will catch Arthur in this mysterious and spine-chilling tale. The film crew spent four days on-scene dressing up the exterior for the three-day shoot.
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It is the second adaptation of Susan Hill 's novel of the same name , which was previously filmed in The plot, set in early 20th-century England , follows a young recently widowed lawyer who travels to a remote village where he discovers that the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorising the locals. A film adaptation of Hill's novel was announced in , with Goldman and Watkins attached to the project. During July , Radcliffe was cast in the lead role of Arthur Kipps. The film was planned to be shot in 3D before plans were scrapped. Principal photography took place from September to December across England.
Much of the filming for the supernatural horror film took place at the extravagant Northamptonshire residence, which dates back to the 17th century, when the poet John Dryden stayed frequently while visiting relatives. It's set in more than four acres. The striking Grade I-listed hall features limestone walls, stone mullioned windows with leaded lights and a traditional Collyweston stone slate roof. The Mysterious Girl singer once rented the house so he could live near the sea but still be close enough to London.