Sequel The Woman in Black: Angel of Death shifts action to the surrounds of World War II, although supernatural trickery remains intact.
During World War II a group of young children are evacuated out of London. Under the care of their teachers, the children are taken to stay at Eel Marsh House, where they are not alone…
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death retains the setting of the first film, based on Susan Hill’s novel. What changes are the characters and the period. The World War II setting works well both as a catalyst for the plot, and as a eerie setting. The house remains the same, albeit with the further decay that the change in era would bring.
In the same way as 2011’s The Awakening, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death uses the devastation of war as a backdrop for the supernatural horror that occurs. The prevalence of death and destruction seems like an apt climate for ghostly occurrences.
Like its predecessor The Woman in Black, director Tom Harper’s film constructs tension by showcasing unusual activity slowly to begin with, building to a near crescendo for the finale. The scares are typical of the supernatural genre, with little to surprise in terms of style.
The plot of The Woman in Black: Angel of Death is fairly predictable in terms of its shifts and outcomes. Characters in this instalment are more ready to believe in the unexplained than in other films of this ilk; a welcome change. However the main characters are rather one-dimensional in their backgrounds and development. Phoebe Fox certainly looks the part as protagonist Eve, whilst Jeremy Irvine is decent as Harry.
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death will satisfy those looking for run of the mill supernatural scares, but does not elevate itself above this. Sufficiently entertaining, but an unoriginal watch.