The Woman in Black: Angel of Death is a sequel to the successful 2012 film The Woman in Black. Sadly this time there's no Daniel Radcliffe and,
unfortunately for a horror film, less scares.
Set 40 years after the original, it’s now some unfortunate London schoolchildren that are being evacuated from London during the Blitz that are sent to
scary Eel Marsh House. The orphans, along with their headmistress (Helen Mc Crory) and ever so nice teacher Eva (Phoebe Fox), are sent to the dilapidated
house in order to escape the bombs that are being dropped on London by the Germans. When they arrive at Eel Marsh house it becomes quickly apparent that
they would have been safer staying in London and taken their chances against Hitler’s bombers, for Eel Marsh House is not particularly child friendly, it's
full of broken floor boards and has more holes than a sieve. When the teacher complains to their guide Dr Rhodes (Adrian Rawlins) about the state of the
place she's told that "it's the only place that's available to house them".
Needless to say the children are only settled down in their temporary accommodation and things start to go bump in the night. The main target of the
ghostly goings-on is poor Edward (Oaklee Pendergast), a shell shocked boy whose parents perished when the family home was hit by German bombs. Scared
speechless by the same bombs that dropped on his parents he starts to see the ghostly Woman in Black. If you know the story of the Woman in Black you'll
know that seeing The Woman In Black is never good as shortly after she's been seen bad things happen to children. As things start to get worse in the house
it's up to goody goody teacher Eva along with handsome RAF Pilot (Jeremy Irvine), who happens to stumble across the party, to save them from the fiendish
Woman in Black.
Angel of Death goes the way of many recent horror films in that it resorts to screaming at its audience in order to scare them out of their seats. Whereas
the original book of The Woman in Black and the Danielle Radcliffe film and successful play that was based on the book were memorable for slowly building
the tension this sequel throws everything at the audience from the first minute, floors creak, pipes bang and ghostly children run about darkened
corridors. If you're easily scared then you should enjoy Angel of Death, for those with a stronger nerve the whole thing feels like nothing more than a
film cashing in on the original.