Lesson One for films within the Horror genre: Be Scary. We think The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death skipped school that day.
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death is pretty much everything that is wrong with horror sequels.
Quite frankly, The Woman in Black was not that scary as a horror film – but then again, it wasn’t really trying to be a horror film. The original Woman in Black was a suspenseful eerie old-school haunting that relied upon mood and production and low expectations. The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death has too many characters, all of them new, and brings or adds nothing new to the narrative and has none of the exceptional points from the original.
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death returns to the Eel Marsh House, but this time it is a refuge for a group of children who are evacuated from London during World War II. Of course the woman in black can resist such delectable children when they walk so freely into her home, and the struggle to save the children commences.
The only thing that The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death has going for itself is that the film is creepy solely because audiences are able to recall its predecessor. The first thirty-five minutes of the film are tediously slow, unnecessarily so, since the audience knows the trajectory of the plot.
There is no ambiance, no underlying mood and the extent of the horror is from jump-scares; the exact opposite type of horror audience members expect from the Gothic Hammer Horror-type cinema. Any attempts at fear or terror are ruined by the inclusion of all scary moments in the trailer – a trailer that lasts two minutes, so there is no point watching the 98 minute film.
Its rather laughable that a Gothic type horror film even follows the same schematic as slasher films by including an unnecessarily high quantity of characters to increase the body count. With so many characters, all new, the viewer has no investment in any as one by one, the children drop like flies.
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death is a dreadful disappointment and the distribution companies were right to release it in January.