'The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death’ [Blu-ray]
(Phoebe Fox, Merryn Pearse, Mary Roscoe, Helen McCrory, Amelia Crouch, et al / Blu ray / PG-13 / 2015 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: The supernatural terror returns and unspeakable evil sets its sight on new prey when a group of orphaned children are forced to move into the abandoned Eel Marsh House with their caretakers, Eve and Jean. As the children begin to mysteriously disappear, Eve makes a shocking discovery - it may not be a coincidence that she has come to reside in a place inhabited by the murderous Woman in Black!
Blu ray Verdict: After such a great reception in 2012, it was on the cards that we could expect a sequel to Susan Hill's chilling tale of heartbreak and death. This sequel is set 40 years after the events of the original film in which a group of children are evacuated to the country.
'The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death’ recycles many of the same elements that made the first production so frightening and uses many of the same jump scares, but does so in a way that even though you expect them - they still have you throwing the popcorn up in the air sitting on the sofa alongside the one you love, trust me! Jon Crokers' style of writing in this movie is able to keep the audience in constant suspense for the full 98 minutes just as the first movie did and this is achieved through such wonderful acting and spooky locations.
Helen McCrorys' portrayal of self-obsessed headmistress Jean Hogg is a wonderful highlight that will create a sense of realism within the audience's hearts and allow them to form a bond however nothing compares to my personal highlight from this film. Phoebe Foxs' portrayal of kind hearted schoolteacher Eve Parkins is the highlight of this film. Unlike Daniel Radcliffe who was well known before his role as Arthur Kipps, Phoebe Fox is an actress fairly new to many people but this film could very well put her on the map.
All in all this is a very enjoyable horror film that will keep you in constant agony as your heart pounds against your chest for such a lengthy period of time until you see the credits rolling! And if Susan Hill were to pick up her pen again and weave another story involving remote and lonely British locales, ruined or dilapidated houses, and nineteenth century tragedies haunting the present day, I would be transported! FYI - This is the first Hammer sequel since Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974). This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Pulling Back The Veil: The Making of 'The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death'
'The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death': Chilling Locations
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