Today brings the first wide release horror film of the year with Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death hitting theaters nationwide. This one seems a bit under the radar, especially compared to the first film. That would make sense since the first film heralded the return of the venerable Hammer Studios to the cinema and had the added intrigue of Daniel Radcliffe starring in his first post-Harry Potter role. The end result was a solid, supernatural period piece that still holds up a few years later, and a solid $128,000,000 at the box office.
That kind of number usual spells sequel, even though Susan Hill’s novella makes for a great, self contained story. Hill penned a follow up for the film, which finds the story picking up forty years later during the second World War. The Eel Marsh House has been turned in to an orphanage:
Synopsis: When a group of orphaned children are forced to move from their home in London, caretakers Eve (Phoebe Fox) and Jean (Helen McCrory) bring everyone to the desolate and eerie British countryside. 40 years after Arthur Kipps (played by Daniel Radcliffe in the first film, The Woman in Black) left, this supernatural horror film introduces this new group to the now abandoned Eel Marsh House; an odd but seemingly safe location. It isn’t long before Eve starts to sense that this house is not what it appears to be as the children in her care begin to disappear. As their house of safety becomes a house of horrors, Eve enlists the help of a handsome pilot (Jeremy Irvine) to help investigate what is happening. Eve soon discovers that it may not be a coincidence that she has come to reside in the house inhabited by the Woman in Black.
Ahead of the film’s release, Relativity Media has put together a “Legends” featurette, filling out the back story a bit. Check it out below: