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THE WOMAN IN BLACK [Precut UK theatrical version]

THE WOMAN IN BLACK <span>[Precut UK theatrical version]</span> artwork

THE WOMAN IN BLACK [Precut UK theatrical version]

Type of media Video

Approved Running time 91m 0s

Ratings Info 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 passed uncut.

  • Video release suitable for 12 years and over icon12

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 22/02/2012

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.


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'.


Title Information
Precut UK theatrical version
Technicolor Polska
Classified date(s)
Main language
Submitted run time
91m 0s
BBFC reference
Precut UK theatrical version

Components List

This work is made up of a number of separate components. Note that since February 2001 the BBFC has measured each component separately, but older works may not have the exact details, only a list of titles


Rating information

The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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