the Woman in Black (Herbert Wise, 1989)

UK, 100 min


When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin, a young solicitor is sent by his firm to settle the estate. The lawyer finds the townspeople reluctant to talk about or go near the woman’s dreary home and no one will explain or even acknowledge the menacing woman in black he keeps seeing. Ignoring the towns-people’s cryptic warnings, he goes to the house where he discovers its horrible history and becomes ensnared in its even more horrible legacy.


one of the victorian-era ghost story chillers produced by the beeb. adapted from the book by susan hill, a pastiche of 19th-century fiction. screenplay written by nigel kneale! good atmosphere, concise, no-frills, low-budget. especially fun to watch if you have a roaring fire handy.


it’s been adapted into a stage play, still showing in london, and people say it’s REAL SCARY MAN, which is intriguing since i can hardly imagine effective horror in a theatre… collective consciousness, bah! also, this fun trivia tidbit was in the wiki:

The Fortune Theatre in London where The Woman in Black has been running since 1989 is reputed to be haunted by a ghost – a woman in black – who began appearing shortly after a break-in at the Covent Garden theatre. She was witnessed being in the wings by all actors mid-performance, watching in silence.


imdb :: wiki

Citizen X (Chris Gerolmo, 1995)

USA, 105 min


Obscure, pleasantly dark little HBO-made drama about the hunt for Ukie serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, who killed 50-somethin’ women and children before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Adapted from the Killer Department, a non-fiction account of the whole affair, this film is a a surprising winner, in spite of the endearing moments when Sutherland seems to forget he’s supposed to have a Russian accent. The film builds suspense by depicting how efforts to catch the killer were endlessly delayed and sabotaged by Soviet bureaucracy and inefficiency, without sinking into excessive steretyping/clichés about US-Soviet relations. Decent rainy-Sunday-afternoon flick.


the Lost Honour of Katharina Blum (Volker Schlöndorff & Margarethe von Trotta, 1975)

der Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum
DE (w.), 103 min


frau aweh showed this to us in high school
and had us read the damn thing
auf deutsch
she was awesome.