I’ve got to admit. Sunday nights are pretty tricky if you’re a movie person and you DON’T like the 8PM movie that’s on M-Net that week. Here’s the thing, that Sunday Movie has become a bit of a thing in pop culture and if you’re not into that week’s feature you need to look elsewhere for your entertainment.
A text from a friend had me contemplating a horror film on a Sunday night (Don’t even get me started, I know it’s a weird combo but I love horrors…). Within minutes it was decided and we went down to the nearby Ster Kinekor cinema to watch a film called The Woman in Black: Angel of Death. This film has more than enough frightening moments to give you your money’s worth if you’re a fan of the grim genre and it’s definitely a different way to kick off your week.
You might want a bit of a background catch up to watch this movie, as it’s actually a sequel. The first The Woman in Black movie released in 2012. However, if you didn’t watch the first film, the second one definitely won’t leave you feeling confused…just really scared.
In Angel of Death, a group of orphaned children are forced to move from their home in London. Caretakers, Eve Parkins (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) 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.
When one of the children, Edward (Oaklee Pendergast) starts acting strange, and scaring the other kids with stories of a shadowy ghost roaming the halls of the house, Eve begins to notice unexplainable phenomenon of her own – with haunting parallels to her own life. Yet, as Eve digs deeper into the mysteries (and tragedies) of Eel Marsh House, one thing becomes increasingly clear – the new occupants might have actually been safer back in war-torn London.
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.
The movie is good entertainment. It’s not going to leave you questioning the meaning of life or start putting in your votes for best actor, but it will leave you feeling a little breathless after all the blood pumping moments.
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death released on Friday, 6 March at Ster-Kinekor Theatres nationwide.
I’m a die-hard horror fan, so I really enjoyed this film and would recommend it to other horror movie fans. See it if you enjoyed The Woman in Black and The Others. Oh, and take a blanket to hide under!