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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

Writers:

Jon Croker (screenplay), Jon Croker | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phoebe Fox ... Eve Parkins
Merryn Pearse Merryn Pearse ... Girl in Tube
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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Storyline

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 forgives. She never forgets. She never left. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Rumours that Daniel Radcliffe would reprise his role from the earlier film as a cameo proved unfounded. See more »

Goofs

If Eel Marsh Island is located in Essex, as discussed in the first film, why did the school party depart from King's Cross Station?.. See more »

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Hermit Jacob: Who will be next? It must be you.
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Jennet Humfrye Nursery Rhyme
Composed by Jack Arnold
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Won't Someone Think of the Children...?
2 January 2015 | by dangent280See all my reviews

Firstly, i am thrilled that The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death is rated a 15. The first feeling that comes to mind when someone mentions Woman in Black is that of dread. Nightmarish dread that was caused not by the film, but the screaming and shouting of Harry Potter fans that were in the same screening as i when the first Woman in Black was released in 2012 due to the BBFC granting the film a 12 certificate and thus, allowing avid Daniel Radcliffe/Potter fans to see their beloved up on the screen once again. Unfortunately for me, this resulted in hysterical screaming, constant talking, and the occasional REALLY LOUD fits of laughter, distracting me from what i thought, in the end, was a rather solid and spooky adaptation of Susan Hill's 1983 horror novella. What a joy then to see not only a sequel that featured no one of "fangirl" capabilities starring in it, but a 15 classification, wiping the fundamental existence of screaming youths from my cinema. Great start.

Now i have seen the film, my early prediction of screaming youths being all but eradicated from the showing was misjudged and unfortunately, i was sat amongst what i feared most from a cinematic audience. Screaming. Shouting. Idle talking about where the film was going. The 15 certificate clearly had not completely solved the problem of the first film, and with this, i left the film deeply upset and rather annoyed. Anyway, how was the film i hear you ask? In a word or two; rather mediocre. In terms of plot, teacher Eve Parkins, played pretty well by Phoebe Fox, is evacuated, along with a group of children, including Edward, played by a Damian-esque Oaklee Pendergast, to Eel Marsh house during World War II, where they are greeted with strange noises, disappearing children, and a non-convincing performance by Jeremy Irvine as a supposedly discharged war pilot suffering from PTSD. What follows is a 90 minute mash-up of jump scares, complete darkness, and a feeling that i had seen this movie once before.

Don't get me wrong, i love a good jump scare, but when they are so obviously going to happen it detracts from the overall power of fear they are attempting to bring, and such a problem was evident throughout the course of the film. In fact, the only time i felt partially threatened by the titular character was during the last ten minutes of the movie when there is a certain ambiguity to what was going to occur, yet for a supposed horror movie, 10 minutes out of 90 doesn't cut the mustard in my book. On the positive side, the child performers are good, particularly the character of Edward, the dark, Gothic tone of the film is present throughout and never lets off, and the film successfully tells a story, albeit a plot pretty similar to the first film, within a sensible amount of time.

In conclusion, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, doesn't quite match the heights of the first film, and if anything, resembles too much of the plot and tone from it, resulting in a film that can only be classed as 'more of the same'. The endless jump scares may excite some horror fans, but in my mind such parlor tricks are cheap and un-imaginative resulting in an overall feeling of content, but not in anyway excitement or horror.

Overall Score: 6/10


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Language:

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Release Date:

2 January 2015 (USA) 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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