The Woman in Black twist ending occurs the moment the woman in black hypnotizes little Joseph to walk on the railroad tracks. Arthur races to save his son seconds before the train bulldozes them.
We see Arthur holding Joseph. The father and son survived. However, the train station is pitch dark. It is then we realize the truth - Arthur and Joseph died in the train collision.
The motif of darkness conveys the afterlife. We see the darkness in the woman in black's estate. This same darkness now smothers the train station. Arthur and Joseph reside in the astral plane, a dimension that imitates the physical world.
The moment of realization that add depth to the twist ending is Stella's Angel body. Joseph asks his father who the woman is. Arthur tells his son the woman is his mother.
The twist ending is emotionally charged. We never expect Arthur to reunite with his wife. Thus, the son meets his mother for the first time in the afterlife. His face is gleaming of happiness. It is a touching twist ending that has moviegoers clapping and crying.
The Woman in Black twist ending is written nicely, conveying the meaning of reuniting family to reach Heaven. Arthur mourns the death of his wife. in the twist ending, Arthur and his son reunite with the wife/mother. The best horror movies with twist endings leave a lasting impression on moviegoers.
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