The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tom Harper
Produced by
Screenplay by Jon Croker
Story by Susan Hill
Music by
Cinematography George Steel
Edited by Mark Eckersley
Distributed by Relativity Media
Release dates
  • 30 December 2014 (2014-12-30) (Dubai premiere)[1]
  • 2 January 2015 (2015-01-02)
Running time
98 minutes[2]
  • Canada[3]
  • United Kingdom
  • United States[4]
Language English
Budget $15 million[5]
Box office $48.9 million[6]

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death (released as The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death in some countries) is a 2014 American-British-Canadian supernatural horror film directed by Tom Harper and written by Jon Croker from a story by Susan Hill.[7] It is the sequel to the 2012 film The Woman in Black, and is produced by Hammer Film Productions and Entertainment One.


40 years after the events of the first film, bombs drop down on London during the Blitz of World War II. Eve Parkins joins her schoolchildren and the school's headmistress, Jean Hogg, to evacuate them to the countryside town of Crythin Gifford. On the journey there, Eve meets dashing pilot Harry Burnstow, who is stationed at an airfield near Crythin Gifford. Upon arrival, Eve is confronted by a raving madman, Jacob, and flees.

Though Eve and Jean do not approve of the place, there is no other alternative. That night, Eve has a nightmare of how she was forced to give up her baby when she was younger; when she awakens, she hears the noise of a rocking chair coming from the house cellar. There, she finds a message, scolding her for letting her child go, and sees a woman dressed in black. The next morning, one of the children, Edward, who has been mute since the death of his parents in a bombing, is bullied by two other children and sees the Woman in Black in the nursery. Eve feels that something is wrong when Edward starts constantly carrying around a rotten doll. That night, one of the boys that was bullying him is drawn out of the house by the Woman in Black; Eve finds his body on the beach.

Eve later sees the Woman in the graveyard, where she finds the grave of Nathaniel Drablow. She chases the ghost to the beach and is overcome by visions of Nathaniel's death. At the house, she and Harry establish the story of the ghost through an old record made by Alice Drablow before her death at the hands of the Woman in Black: it is her sister, Jennet Humpfrye, the mother of the child she adopted, Nathaniel. Jennet is haunting them because of Nathaniel's premature death, and is punishing Eve in particular for giving up her baby. Eve journeys into the abandoned town to confront Jacob, who is blind and therefore unable to be killed by the ghost, as he cannot see her. However, he has been driven insane by the deaths of all the other children and tries to kill Eve before she escapes.

Back at the house, Jean finds one of the girls trying to strangle herself under the Woman's spell. During an air raid, the girl suffocates herself using a gas mask. After this death, Harry takes them to his airfield, which is revealed to be fake. Eve realizes the Woman has followed them. Edward flees, where he apparently dies by walking into a fire basket. Eve finds out that Edward is still alive and at Eel Marsh House. Realizing the Woman in Black wants her alone, she drives to the island, where she finds Edward walking out into the marsh to drown himself where Nathaniel died. She crawls after him, but they are dragged down into the mud by the ghost. At the last minute, Harry arrives and saves them, though he is dragged down to his death instead.

Months later, Eve has adopted Edward, and they are living in London. Although they believe they are free from the ghost, once they leave their house, she appears again and smashes a picture of Harry.


* Adrian Rawlins previously played the protagonist Arthur Kidd in the 1989 television adaptation of The Woman in Black.


In April 2012, Hammer Films announced that there would be a sequel to The Woman in Black, titled The Woman in Black: Angel of Death. Originally, the official plot synopsis was different to that of the final film: "Seized by the government and converted into a military mental hospital during World War II, the sudden arrival of disturbed soldiers to Eel Marsh House has awoken its darkest inhabitant. Eve, a beautiful young nurse, is sent to the house to care for the patients but soon realises she must save them from more than their own demons. Despite Eve’s efforts to stop her, one by one they fall victim to the Woman in Black."[8]

The screenplay was written by Jon Croker though the original novel's author, Susan Hill, was approached to help with the story.[9][10][11] In October 2012, Tom Harper was announced as the film's director.[12] In April 2013, it was announced that Jeremy Irvine will play the lead role. Rumours circulated that Daniel Radcliffe would briefly reprise his role from the first film[13] but this never came to pass. Principal photography for the film began in early 2014.[14]

Film novelisation

On October 18, 2013, a novelisation of the film's screenplay was released by Hammer Books (Random House Publishing) in England. The novelisation was written by crime fiction author Martyn Waites,[15] and critical reception for the book has been generally negative.[16][17][18]


The soundtrack album was released on December 30, 2014 over the Indie label Varèse Sarabande Records.[19]


Theatrical release

The movie was originally set to be released on 30 January 2015, but instead it was moved to 1 January 2015. It was released in Canada and the United States on 2 January 2015, then released in France on 14 January 2015 and in Russia on 15 January 2015.

Home media

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death was released on DVD and Blu-Ray on April 14, 2015.[20] The Blu-ray features the documentary "Pulling Back the Veil: The Woman in Black 2 - Angel of Death"[21][20]

Critical response

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death has received negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 21%, based on 67 reviews, with an average rating of 4.5/10. The consensus reads, "The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death is atmospheric and visually sharp, but it's short on tension and scares."[22] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 42 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[23] According to CinemaScore, audiences gave the film a grade of "C" on an A+ to F scale.[24]


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