The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death
Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death
Director: Tom Harper
Writer: Jon Croker, Susan Hill
Cast: Phoebe Fox, Merryn Pearse, Mary Roscoe, Helen McCrory, Amelia Crouch, Amelia Pigeon, Casper Allpress, Pip Pearce, Leilah de Meza, Jude Wright, Alfie Simmons, Oaklee Pendergast, Thomas Arnold, Jeremy Irvine, Adrian Rawlins, Ned Dennehy, Leanne Best, Eve Pearce, Ben Huish, Keanen Diaper, Oscar Cameron, Olivia Sear, Lucy Dawson, Natasha Wigman, Lexie Marie Freeman Cook, Andreas Bazigos, Chloe Mitchell, Annabel Hindley, Katherine Brown, Georgina Vane
Synopsis: 40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house's darkest inhabitant.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some disturbing and frightening images, and for thematic elements
0.3 / 10
- Very atmospheric
- Creepy horror settings were nice
- Cinematography wasn't that bad
- Horrible script
- The movie feels rushed
- Characters are poorly developed
- Plot falls into every stereotypical horror cliché and trope in the book
- The acting was subpar for the most part
- Weak execution and cliched ending
Worst horror movie of 2015 thus far
"The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death" is about as scary as a basket full of kittens on a sunny day. Apart from a few well placed jump scares spread throughout this feature, the movie doesn't have much to offer in terms of substance. Unlike the first "Woman in Black" movie, this one reeks of un-originality and effort. Granted, the first movie wasn't a masterpiece either, as it too had its share of flaws. However, you could still tell there was a great deal of effort put into it.
Whereas "The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death", it seems like a simple cash grab to capitalize off the success of the original. Sure, it still makes good use out of the atmosphere, and it's elaborate creepy settings and imagery. However, many of the scares are often reminiscent of what we saw from the last film. Plus, it doesn't exactly help that the characters are poorly developed as well.
On the surface, "The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death" has a lot of great themes going for it, but it suffers mostly because of it's bad writing. The script is horrible, and the acting is subpar at best. Outside of the lead actress in this movie, everyone seems like they were phoning it half the time, which isn't a great sign.
And to make matters worse, it ends on the most overused stereotypical horror movie cliché imaginable; where you think the threat is gone, but it gives you a hint that it could still come back. Granted, the original had a similar ending, but it still managed to have it's own unique spin on it. Whereas this piece of crap, it doesn't even try to be that interesting.
The main character in the movie has a tragic backstory that could have been explored more, while adding crucial depth to her character. However, "Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death" skips that altogether to give you a rushed horror film built around nothing but jump scares.
The direction of the movie was horrible, and the film itself was quite boring to watch. The film feels too much like a made for TV horror feature, and it goes by too fast. Tom Harper and his writing staff rush past crucial character developing moments, in favor of jump scare scenes.
To be honest, I'm not even sure why this sequel even needed to exist. "Woman in Black" wasn't a masterpiece by any means, but it was still a good self contained horror feature. The story was portrayed rather well, and it had a solid lead character for us to care for. Granted, it too fell into some of the same cliches and tropes of other haunted house horror films of the past, but it still had some interesting elements that helped keep it feeling fresh and original.
Sadly, I can't say that about this sequel. "Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death" has a lot of great ideas, and a lead character that has a lot of potential, but the ideas and potential this film has is poorly executed. Not only does the movie fall into every cliché in the book, but it reeks of un-originality and effort.
Overall, I'd advise all my readers to avoid this stinker altogether. "Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death" is easily a candidate for next year's "Top ten worst movies of 2015", in my book.
© 2015 Steven Daniels