Movie Review: The Woman in Black 2

Forty years after the events of the original Woman in Black, Angel of Death brings a new cast of characters to Eel Marsh House (and its malevolent inhabitant). Fleeing from German attacks during World War II, a group of children and their teachers evacuate the city and take refuge in the dilapidated seaside residence. Relieved to be away from the warfront, the children begin exploring Eel Marsh House while the adults settle in – preparing to wait-out the war in the countryside.

However, when Edward (Oaklee Pendergast) starts acting strange, and scaring the other kids with stories of a shadowy ghost roaming the halls of the house, Eve Parkins (Phoebe Fox), begins to notice unexplainable phenomenon of her own – with haunting parallels to her own life. Yet, as Eve digs deeper into the mysteries (and tragedies) of Eel Marsh House, one thing becomes increasingly clear – the new occupants might have actually been safer back in war-torn London. (From

Creepy, Dragging, and Dramatic.

This is how I would describe the whole film itself. With the eerie setting, dim light–clearly highlighting what’s needed to be focused on, adds up to having the audience question everything that has been going on. Bit by bit, you will find yourself full of unanswered questions, may be even completely bothered, wondering what will come next. The creepy voices murmuring on the background, spine-chilling effects and jump scare scenes also helped develop the entire vibe.

With its 98 minute runtime, I think it did establish what story it wants to tell although as for being a horror film, I personally think that it didn’t really succeed in that aspect. Though I’m not saying that this was an awful horror film, I’d say it was ‘okay’ (maybe because I also felt bothered with the creepy characters and room setting of the film, so I’d like to take it into a consideration). I liked that it was kind of mind-boggling, itching to know what’s the story behind the woman in black and all the supernatural things that have been happening in the Eel Marsh House.

Plus, another thing with the film is that there are a few lessons, thoughts to ponder and that it did not really just kept on wanting to scare the viewers but also added a bit of drama. Each character had its own dilemma, own battles to face and own ways of coping with the war that is going on during their time.

But our worse enemy is ourselves, our fears, doubts, despair. That’s what will destroy us. -Jean Hogg

We can’t let the past pull us under. There’s just too much to do. Too much to live for, right? – Harry

I just couldn’t agree more with these lines. The moment I heard them, I immediately wrote them down as I could deeply relate to it. Ooh, the drama!

Last but not the least, is the thing you could do for your loved ones. Harry feared the water after losing his crew during the war but then he conquered his fear just to save the woman he loved. He was willing to sacrifice for them. (I just hated the fact that he died. He was such a pretty face. Harry and Eve could have been happily married. *tears*)

Eerily made and not really annoyingly dramatic. I still think it’s quite good.


Photos from screenrant

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