The Woman in Black: Angel of Death Review: Scaring in the 1940s


London, 1941.  The Woman in Black: Angel of Death begins 40 years after Arthur Kipps’ experience at Eel Marsh house.  To escape war-torn London, Eve Parkins (Phoebe Fox), alongside her school’s headmistress Jean Hogg (Helen McCrory) accompanies a group of children to the countryside town of Crythin Gifford.  There, they moved into Eel Marsh house, a safe but oddly dilapidating house.  Within the first night of living in the house, Eve starts to sense that something wasn’t right with the house.  Her concern was further affirmed when children started disappearing, only to end up dead when they are found.  Together with the help of a dashing young pilot named Harry Burnstow (Jeremy Irvine), whom she met on the train, Eve was determined to protect the children as she finds out the truth behind the hauntings in the house.

For those of you who haven’t seen the first movie, watch that first.  It would be easier to understand The Woman in Black: Angel of Death.

“Welcome to your new horror-I mean new home!” Source: Alliance Films

Now, I thought the movie was pretty good.  Although I’ve read the book and knew which parts were scary, I still jumped during the suspenseful parts.  Despite that, there were some differences between the book and the movie.  Yes, they might have been minor details but it would have been nice to see the similarities.  Apart from it being a pretty good horror film, there were parts where the horror element seemed to have been lost.  One such part was when Eve was looking through this hole in the floor of the second level nursery.  They did a close up shot of her back, had some sound effects before changing to a long shot where the woman in black was hanging with a noose around her neck.  Instead of getting scared, I was slightly confused as to what was happening.  Along with the other people in the cinema, we were all late to react at a scene where it should have been scary.

All in all, this was a pretty good horror film but it will never be as good as my personal favorite, Insidious.  If you are looking for a damn good scare, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death might not be suitable for you.  But if you’ve watched the first installment, I’d recommend you go ahead and catch this.




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