In this particular story, it takes place 40 whole years after incidents in the first film, in London smack dab in the middle of WWII. And in the interest and safety of a group of school children, two women take them out of London and to refuge; ironically enough at the Eel Marsh House - Where scary and spooky things begin to happen to, and around, the children. The spirit of the woman unrest focuses on the younger of the 2 women in care of the children, Eve Parkins, played by Phoebe Fox. It is then that Eve, with the help of a strapping young pilot by the name Harry Burnstow, played by who happens to be conveniently stationed at the airfield near Crythin Gifford. Amongst the school children is one particular boy who is sadly orphaned but has a close connection with Eve. And it is during their stay, he begins to be drawn in by the supernatural happenings at Eel Marsh House. They will all make their own discoveries of the mystery surrounding the house.
The thing you will notice about this sequel is its difference in style. It's clearly a bit more stylistic, especially for a movie taking place during WWII. What I felt was incredibly strong about the first film was its very simple and classical approach to the style, and scares. The scares are indeed different in this picture as well. It felt as though it was trying to raise the bar in terms of giving it more modern style to a period. Which, in my personal opinion, doesn't always work. In fact it takes me out of the story itself. In this film, they also tend to want to focus more on jump scares. There are moments of genuine tension, but I notice personally when there are more than 3 or 4 jump scares, they become cheap tactics of wrangling a quick emotion out of the viewer. And you know what, sometimes if you want to entertain during some moments, it's understandable. But nearly half of those scares will be genuine. The audience will be ready for it after the third or fourth time.
Clearly Director Tom Harper, who is mostly known for directing short films and TV shows, and writer Jon Croker, who is known as a story editor on such films like "The Iron Lady", "Attack The Block", "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", had their own agendas, intentions and vision for this sequel. But for me, it just wasn't clicking on the same level as the first film did. Although I'm sure there are those of you who will like it for the pure enjoyment of being entertained and scared. And that's ok too! I hope whoever enjoys the movie, enjoys it well.
The Woman In Black: Angel of Death Movie Review
by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"