Due to the immense success of the original The Woman in Black (2012) it was inevitable that a sequel would be attempted despite the finality of the film and the fact that it was based upon a bestselling book. So now we have The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2014) which takes place 40 years after the original film and has a whole new cast and story.
It’s the middle of WWII and London has been turned into a wasteland for head mistress Jean Hogg, her assistant Eve Parkins (Helen McCroy and Phoebe Fox, respectfully) and the children they are responsible for. Now they have been charged with transporting their group of orphans & children to the Eel Marsh House where they believe it will be safe from the devastation of war. It’s not long before the Woman in Black’s presence is felt. Eve starts to suffer from terrifying nightmares and mysterious things start to happen to the children especially when they start to die from mysterious circumstances. Eve believes that she has to get all the children away from the Eel Marsh House but where can you go when the wages of war are all around you?
Written by Jon Croker and directed by Tom Harper the film has a dark and gothic atmosphere as befitting a film from Hammer Studios and is extremely well done. Like its predecessor it is a film that’s partial lost in an older time and no matter how good it is, without the name of a Daniel Radcliffe the film was never destined to do very well at the Box Office. It plays better on the small screen where I’m sure it will finally find its audience as it is a well done ghost story that’s for fans of such films as The Others (2001) or The Devil’s Backbone (2001).