THE WOMAN IN BLACK ii : ANGEL OF DEATH (2015)

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THE WOMAN IN BLACK ii : ANGEL OF DEATH (2015)

Post by Wallace on Sun May 31, 2015 3:33 am

Right off the bat, the title is a misnomer - there is no angel, just a malevolent spirit.


Orphaned children are taken out to the country to escape the London bombings during the war. They are left to be wards of two women in long-abandoned Eel Marsh House - a dilapidated mansion isolated on a bleak "island" connected to the mainland only by a causeway. When they first arrive, one of the women is appalled at the condition of the building and that they have to wear-off the war here - that society could provide no better. She complains to the man that drives them here. (He is the main character from the origional film - only now some 25 years has balded the actor.)

It is not explained clearly (like it was in the origional film of the 90s) why this Victorian ghost wants children killed.


So this then is the third film version of the novel.

Like the second version (with Daniel Radcliffe) the strength of the film is in the very realistic and evokative settings. For this one they made the very wise choice of actually using real locations.: the mansion (or house) is in Lincolnshire and was scheduled for demolition. They had to get special passes and disclaimers to film in the dangerous , tumbledown building. The basement scene was filmed in the basement of what is reputedly the most haunted building in London - a former women's prison.

So this, like its presidesor, has going for it the NATURAL and natural -look settings .
The setting of the small derelect graveyard in the trees is particularly good and reminds me of the trees growing in sand, mystical seaside landscape of the old horror standard, "Oh Whistle and I'll Come To You".

Setting is of paramount importance in making proper period horror film. And Hammer Films were always good at this.

Also important is proper use of sound effects to heighten the nerve-strain; the atmosphere.
Towards the end of the film there is such effect ,merging the sound of footsteps on planks with creaking wood and heartbeat- all nicely moving around you in stereo.

Visual effects are used sparingly. And this can be a good thing in today's world of ridiculously over-used CGI.

Where the film fails though, is that , given all the fine atmospherics, it is simply not that scary.(Nowhere on the level that the very first film - directed by Robert Wise,the same man who made the all-time horror classic, The Haunting.)

Even so, very much worth viewing.
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Re: THE WOMAN IN BLACK ii : ANGEL OF DEATH (2015)

Post by zako on Sun May 31, 2015 3:40 am

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Post by Wallace on Sun May 31, 2015 3:42 am

Fuck off Zako.

You didn't even have time to read any of that - cos I just edited it 5 seconds after posting.


What is your problem?
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Post by zako on Sun May 31, 2015 3:49 am

I READ IT !!!
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Post by Guest on Sun May 31, 2015 3:57 am

BUT HE'S DICKLICKSICK.... sunny

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Post by Guest on Sun May 31, 2015 4:11 am

Gets  a Five   's   on the Snakeoil why bother Scale.

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Post by zako on Sun May 31, 2015 4:25 am

WE HAVE OPPOSING VIEWS,,, JEWS AGAINST THE REST OF INDIAS CINEMA..
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Post by Guest on Sun May 31, 2015 4:38 am

Suck on this Pops.


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Post by Nuck Futs on Sun May 31, 2015 12:29 pm

I never read these reviews.
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Post by Guest on Sun May 31, 2015 12:30 pm

I do, just to pull the Piss out of Him

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