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Times of India
During WW II, London's residents face the fury of Nazi air-raids. To keep a group of children safe, the authorities move them and two teachers to a safe house in the countryside. What no one knows is that this dilapidated house has a spectral inhabitant far more terrifying than the Luftwaffe's air raids.
If there's one thing that Woman In Black 2 is heavy on, it is atmosphere. And that's apparent during the journey out of London when the students, chaperoned by Eve (Fox) and a brigadier's wife Jean (McCrory) head to Eel Marsh House. Located slightly off the mainland, the terrain is marshy and treacherous.
The 'safe house', itself is obscured by clouds and looks as if it could give the poor war-traumatized kids a fresh set of nightmares. One of these kids is the orphan Edward (Pendergast). He refuses to talk and communicates with the kindly Eve, with paper chits.
Strange things start to happen in the house at night after they all reluctantly settle in. Things go bump in the dark and faces peer out from secret passages and dank, dark corridors. Eve has nightmares about her aborted child as the spectre starts manifesting herself, sending across vicious vibes while trying to drive a wedge between Eve and Edward. Amidst this and a cantankerous Jean, Eve's only relief is a charming RAF pilot Harry (Irvine). Harry protects Eve and Eve protects Edward, who she loves like the child she never had.
The stylishness and eerie visual sophistication creates an often unsettling, almost surreal vibe that emphasizes how disconnected they all are from the rest of the world. And the very grin-and-bear-it style Brit stiff upper lip that they try to maintain (Eve and Jean even have time for a spot of tea in the kitchen as they try to figure out what's going on) adds to the sense of surrealism. Overall, the movie doesn't rewrite the book of shock (despite the jump scares), but what you get is a fast-paced scare flick with an ending that could have been creepier.
While The Woman In Black starred Daniel Radcliffe, The Woman In Black 2 - Angel Of Death stars Helen Mcrory and Adrian Rawling. The fact that all of them are Harry Potter characters seems more than a coincidence.
Adrian Rawlings was a part of The Woman In Black's 1989 version too.
While he plays Dr. Rhodes in The Woman In Black 2 - Angel Of Death, he played the role of Arthur Kidd in the film's 1989 version.
After Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell, this is the first Hammer sequel.
London during World War II is not a safe place for civilians. Bombs fall fast and civilian casualties are aplenty. In this environment, the government decided to move women and children farther into the interior, away from the big cities, into whatever safe houses are available.
In keeping with this, a group of small children along with Eve and Jean, are driven to the marshy countryside, to an old and derelict mansion called Eel Marsh House. Far from a comforting haven, the place looks like something out of a nightmare. The children are then escorted in and settled into bed, while Jean, a brigadier's wife protests that such a place is not even fit for rough-and-tough soldiers.
Whence inside, strange things begin to happen. Edward, the boy who does not talk, is spied upon via a crack in the ceiling by an unseen presence. Eve asks him what the matter is but he does not readily reply.
It turns out that the lady in black is a previous tenant who lost some of her children during a carriage ride while heading to Eel Marsh. And as she never forgave herself for that, she then seeks out revenge from everyone who comes there.
Accordingly, Eve and the children are all tormented in strange and scary ways. Doors open and close by themselves. Edward is locked in a room during a game of hide and seek with his mates, during which the specter reveals her self to Edward. Eve does not know this and therefore pleads with Edward to tell her what he knows.
He doesn't need to, however, as the specter soon haunts her. Harry the RAF pill who is charming at first, turns out to be a grounded pilot who was too ashamed to tell Eve that he was not actually flying and never would, for the rest of the war. Nonetheless, Eve accepts him for his honesty.
While Jean refuses to accept that any paranormal activity is going on, Harry soon believes her. He helps Eve move all the kids out of the house and into his RAF dummy base. But the specter pursue them over there too. Edward escapes from the shelter at the air base and Harry goes after him. After Edward disappears in an explosion, Harry thinks Edward is dead. But Eve's instincts tell her otherwise. She goes back to Eel Marsh and confronts the Woman in Black. She saves Edward from drowning and Harry, who had earlier seemingly left them, comes to her help and saves Edward from drowning. He sacrifices his own life in the process, thereby vindicating himself the survivor's guilt that he faced after his entire crew died during a mission. The woman in black seemingly gets her revenge and is satiated by taking Harry's life.
Eve adopts Edward and they both are back in London in her flat after the war. They both get dressed to go out and the camera then focuses on Harry's photograph on the mantle shelf. The glass is then smashed, seemingly by the woman in black.
After the success of the first film a sequel was inevitable, unfortunately this isn't a patch on its predecessor. Set during WWII, Eel Farm house is now a home for refugees, but the woman in black of the title isn't happy and soon makes her prescence felt. Slow moving, and far too reliant on sound effects for its scares thesis a major disappointment