Last week I was sent passes to review Woman in Black 2. This was a little strange for the movie had been out for several weeks already. But who am I to look a gift horse in the mouth. The cool thing was the passes were for any showing of the movie anywhere the movie happened to be playing. I grabbed my girl and off to the Thursday afternoon matinee we went.
The Woman in Black story has been around since 1989 when it was a British TV movie of the same name. The franchise was resurrected in 2012 by Hammer films. Yes the production company once known as Hammer House of Horror. Hammer films used The Woman in Black (2012) as their reemergence vehicle back into the filmmaking world. Hammer even scored a major coup singing Harry Potter himself Daniel Radcliffe in the lead role.
Two years later and Hammer is back with The Woman in Black 2. This story takes place 40 years after the 2012 feature. The time is the 1940's and children of the English Cities have been sent into the countryside. This move was designed to protect them from the Nazi bombings. An unlucky group of children have been sent to the rundown island manner that has been the focal point of a past haunting.
The movie is rich in atmosphere and that is about it. There are no real scares here. There is mostly a lot of set up with little pay off. The film was acted well. It was the performances of the players that kept you somewhat engaged. What was lacking was a real story.
Phoebe Fox does a decent job as the heroine Eve Parkins. What little enjoyment I obtained from this movie was watching Fox. She is a beautiful woman. She also has the acting chops that could take her far if she gets any roles with substance.
I am a little disappointed in Hammer. They should be the masters of horror films but this outing falls flat. They did not do much better with The Quiet Ones. I can only hope Hammer will get their shit together. A Hammer Films reboot of their version of Frankenstein, Dracula, or the Mummy would be sweet.