The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2014) Phoebe Fox, Merryn Pearse, Mary Roscoe, Helen McCrory, Amelia Crouch Movie Review

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2014)   2/52/52/52/52/5

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

Bleak House

Eel Marsh house has laid empty for several decades but as WWII rages on and London becomes unsafe, Eve Parkins (Phoebe Fox) and Jean Hogg (Helen McCrory) arrive with a group of evacuated children to live there as well as teach the children. But their arrival wakes up the ghost of Jennette Humfrye who sets about making them all her target. It leads to Even calling on the help of soldier, Harry Burnstow (Jeremy Irvine), to help not just protect them from the evil spirit but rid Eel Marsh House of it once and for ever.

In my review of "The Woman in Black" I said it was a good old fashioned horror movie packed with atmosphere. Let me tell you know that darkness doesn't equal atmosphere even when in the dark there are things which are unexplainable going on. Sadly Tom Harper resorts to the darkness far too much in the follow up "The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death" and there are times where it borders on being unwatchable due to you not being able to see what is going on.

The knock on effect of this lack of atmosphere and over use of darkness is that "The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death" ends up coming across as dull and painfully slow. Just imagine being methodically clubbed over your head with a foam bat and that is how this movie feels, never ending and pointless. And the fault of all this is to set the movie during WWII where you have black outs explaining the darkness, but it was a major mistake.

In truth I am struggling to find a positive when it comes to "The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death" as despite decent actors the characters are forgettable to the point you have forgotten their names even before the movie is over.

What this all boils down to is that "The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death" did have a nice idea when it came to the haunted house used as a home for evacuated children. But the use of darkness combined with forgettable characters makes this a painfully slow and unrewarding experience.