The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2015)
Written By: FR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Tom Harper
Producer: Alliance Films, Alliance, Da Vinci Media Ventures
Screenwriter: Jon Croker
Date Released: January 2, 2015
Phoebe Fox as Eve Parkin.
Jeremy Irvine as Flying Officer Harry Burnstow
Helen McCrory as Jean Hogg
Adrian Rawlins as Dr Rhodes
Leanne Best as Jennet Humfrye
Ned Dennehy as Jacob
Oaklee Pendergast as Edward
Rating = 2/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Forty years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrives, awakening the house’s darkest inhabitant.
The Woman in Black 2 (2015) is a scary film, the design of the titular ghost herself is effective with fleeting glimpses doing far more than constant exposure could ever achieve and yet most of the scares are of the jump scare variety. There are so many of these jumps and they become more and more sign posted leading up to an entirely predictable twist ending. The CGI ghost gives a real good scare. However, not a lot of blood and guts in this movie.
The Grave Review
The Woman in Black 2 (2015) is a very visually dark film, and it is almost devoid of colors with muted whites, greys, browns, and blacks being the order of the day. Interiors are dark and oppressive, while outside is no better with constant thick mist chocking the landscape.
The set design is robust with some locations that just scream ‘get out of here’ but a lot of the atmosphere of these places is squandered.
While the special effects themselves were not bad, the same cannot be said of the characters who at best were flat. The acting was marginal but not through a fault of the actors but as directed by the story.
There creepy child who may or may not be possessed by the ghost almost always comes across as irritating rather than spooky. those dream sequences produced those jump scares. The story was just not engaging and disappointing. The main victims are children and the Angel of Death doesn’t shy away from showing the aftereffects of their brutal demises. When the victims later appear as messed up ghosts, they looked freaky.
Overall, The Woman in Black 2 (2015) is just an average film at best. It has some decent set design and effects, yet the plot is just not interesting. While there are a few jump scares, there was not any lasting horror to come out of this.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews give The Woman in Black 2 (2015) two graves out of five.
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