The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death Reviews

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January 9, 2015
The sequel is about as far from the original source as you can get while still using the title, The Woman in Black. It is just as far away from being interesting.
January 9, 2015
What's missing from The Woman in Black 2, and what it needs most and has least of all, is suspense.
January 9, 2015
Director Tom Harper conveys this theme through dark, moldy-looking mise-en-scene and the uniformly sullen performances he elicits from the cast; you're more likely to find this depressing than scary.
January 5, 2015
Rather than crafting a setpiece worthy of the atmosphere he's created, Harper falls back on easy, throw-the-boogens-in-the-audience's-face scares.
January 4, 2015
A respectably effective, decorously English addition to the current ghost story wave - Frightfully Insidious, as it were.
January 2, 2015
Redundancy is about all it offers, despite an entirely new set of characters and a story set 40 years after the early 20th-century original.
January 2, 2015
Director Tom Harper makes inventive use of the settings.
January 2, 2015
"The Woman in Black 2" might have served as an effective tribute to movies like "Curse of the Cat People." That is, if it hadn't completely squandered all this goodwill in its last third.
January 2, 2015
The Woman may be back for another fright, but Angel of Death doesn't haunt like it should.
January 2, 2015
It's a dour, drab, dark movie, enlivened by some moderately effective chills in the first half but ultimately undone by its downbeat aimlessness.
January 2, 2015
It's mostly deadly dull, and when it does liven up a tad, the haunted house tale offers only wan shock tactics.
January 2, 2015
Te eerie power of the original novel, and its memorable 1989 ITV adaptation, is missed, because she's so much scarier seen at a distance.
January 2, 2015
The 1940s setting gives the film's first half some unearned gravity, but by the end the jump-scares and rote plot frightens away the good will.
January 1, 2015
We return to Eel Marsh House, that spooky, bog-bedeviled pile haunted by the woman who clearly does not think orange is the new black, and holds a bit of a grudge against children as a species.
January 1, 2015
The director, Tom Harper, seems less interested in allegory than in monotonous, conventional goosing, the kind that involves flickering lights and a creaky rocking chair.
January 1, 2015
Flawed but genuinely creepy ghost story The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death is disappointing, but only because it comes close to greatness.
January 1, 2015
She's back, the Woman in Black, and it does give one pause to wonder if it's for no better reason than to scare up some more box office lucre.
January 1, 2015
The material feels stale from nearly the first scene featuring the threatening old manse.
January 1, 2015
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death is an improvement on its predecessor. That said, the new installment is, at best, a serviceable creep show, one with far more chills than thrills.
January 1, 2015
Director Tom Harper and screenwriter Jon Croker offer up plenty of atmosphere, but every good idea this sequel has to offer winds up taking a backseat to the most obvious cat-in-the-closet "BOO!" moments imaginable.
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