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The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 2 January 2015 (USA)
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40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrives, awakening the house's darkest inhabitant.

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Tom Harper

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Jon Croker (screenplay), Jon Croker | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phoebe Fox ... Eve Parkins
Merryn Pearse Merryn Pearse ... Girl in Tube
Mary Roscoe Mary Roscoe ... Woman in Tube
Helen McCrory ... Jean Hogg
Amelia Crouch ... Flora
Amelia Pidgeon ... Joyce
Casper Allpress Casper Allpress ... Fraser
Pip Pearce ... James
Leilah de Meza ... Ruby
Jude Wright ... Tom
Alfie Simmons ... Alfie
Oaklee Pendergast ... Edward
Thomas Arnold Thomas Arnold ... Man at Train Station
Jeremy Irvine ... Harry Burnstow
Adrian Rawlins ... Dr. Rhodes
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40 years after Arthur Kipps' experience at Eel Marsh house, a group of children under the care of two women, escaping from war-torn London, arrive to the house and become the next target for The Woman in Black. With the help of a fellow soldier, the women and children must fend off the spirit, and end her presence once and for all. Written by brandonborbath

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She Never Left. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for some disturbing and frightening images, and for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Woman in Black 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,027,415, 4 January 2015

Gross USA:

$26,501,323

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,854,305
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2.35 : 1
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Jeremy Irvine's first horror film. See more »

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In the final scenes miss Perkins is driving the Jeep under pouring rain, and is still raining hard when she runs trough the garden before the house -which is quite overgrown- yet her coat is perfectly dry once she steps inside the house. See more »

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If you see the Woman in Black....
7 January 2015 | by bob-the-movie-manSee all my reviews

The clumsily titled "The Woman in Black 2: The Angel of Death" is a Hammer horror sequel to the very effective 2012 horror vehicle for Daniel Radcliffe, which itself was based on the jump-fest of a London stage show.

Set 40 years after the original, the spooky Eel Marsh House is the destination for a headmistress (Helen McCrory – Malfoy from Harry Potter), her spoonful-of-sugar-style teacher Eve (Phoebe Fox) and a class of WW2 evacuees from the London blitz.

One child in particular (Tom, played well by young Jude Wright) has been struck mute by being recently orphaned and becomes the focal point for the supernatural activity. Eve strikes up a relationship with a handsome and square-jawed young airman (Jeremy Irvine from "War Horse") on the train, who proves to be a useful asset when the going starts to get tough.

Let's start with the good. One of the most important people on a movie like this is not the lead actor or the director or the make-up artist, but the editor – and Mark Eckersley deserves a call out for effectively delivering some very good jump scares. And Phoebe Fox and Helen McCrory are both very good in their roles: Phoebe Fox, in a feature lead debut, is a personable and very attractive actress that should be given something better to work on.

There are also some high production values in terms of the atmospheric sets, locations and the cinematography, no less then you would expect from the UK film industry.

Unfortunately, these positives are poorly served by a whole heap of negatives. The story is a jumbled mess, linking back to elements of the first story that I (at least) can't remember the details of and only referencing in passing the spooky core of the Woman in Black premise (that when someone sees her a child dies). The effective jump scares are added rather at random, which perhaps is what makes them even jumpier. However, apart from one scene where Eve returns to the house alone, there is little in terms of a build-up of tension that made the Radcliffe version so effective.

All in all, rather a damp squib, and the trailer is actually a lot better than the film. It's not that bad that if you see the Woman in Black a part of your soul dies… but there are better films to occupy you at the moment.

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