IMDB Synopsis: 40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house’s darkest inhabitant.
When “The Woman In Black” came out in 2012, I did not have the highest of hopes for it. Boy was I wrong. It is one of the best haunted house flicks in recent memory. It was a scary and intense experience as well as a technical triumph. I had high hopes for the sequel when it was announced.
Now that I have seen “The Woman In black 2: Angel Of Death”, I can say that the series is still a technical triumph. The sets, costumes and visuals are just as good as they were in the original. What changed was the intensity. The first film depended on dread and atmosphere. The sequel relies more on cheap tricks and sudden jolts on the soundtrack.
So what happened? Was the creative team that took over just not up to the task? Was it the lack of a budget? Wikipedia says that the first film was shot on a 15 million dollar budget and the sequel was made for 1 million. Was it meant to be a cheap, direct to the home market sequel? If so then how did it get to the big screen?
All answers that will never come. I’m glad I watched the film because it was interesting to revisit the locations and the sets but it is a very inferior film which is a shame.