The Woman in Black: Angel of Death is the sequel to the 2012 film starring Daniel Radcliffe based on the novel by Susan Hill. Directed by Tom Harper and written by Jon Croker, this follow-up to the original revolves around a young school teacher named Eve Parkins (played by rising star Phoebe Fox) during the Blitz of World War II. Since the bombings have rendered London unsafe, Eve joins her headmistress Jean (Helen McCrory) in a bid to evacuate their school children to the countryside where it’s presumably safer. However, what the group don’t know is that the house they are set up in — Eeel March House — is haunted by a benevolent ghost.
When watching any horror movie, I love to see strong, smart and determined female leads. RADA graduate Phoebe Fox brings all these great qualities to life in her character Eve. Not only does she carry the weight of the movie, but Fox also manages to create a character we actually care about (her back story is particularly interesting). She certainly got my attention and I’m looking forward to seeing her on the big screen again soon.
Jeremy Irvine also stars as a young pilot who Eve meets on the train to the country. A spark ignites between the two leads and together they find themselves searching for answers as the Woman in Black begins to stake her claim on the lives of a few children in the group. Irvine has starred in critically acclaimed films like War Horse and The Railway Man and again impresses as a young man haunted by the horrors of war.
Jump scares, creepy children and old dolls
If you love a good jump scare, then this is one horror that’ll get your blood pumping. The frights in the film relied heavily on these however that’s not a totally bad thing for a ghost story. Behind the scares was a compelling story and plenty of other eerie moments that kept me in suspense. I also have to give a shout out to the set designers and cinematographer who really glued the film together. Watch if you dare.