The Woman In Black: An­gel Of Death

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Go­ing down Hill

Re­lease Date: 13 July

2014 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD/ down­load ( 6 July) Di­rec­tor: Tom Harper Cast: Phoebe Fox, Jeremy Irvine, He­len McCrory, Adrian Rawl­ins, Leanne Best, Ned Den­nehy

Ham­mer Films

was never shy about re­vis­it­ing ideas, as lists of its Drac­ula films and Franken­stein movies can at­test. So in a way it’s pleas­ing to see that tra­di­tion con­tin­ued. But this fol­low- up to the re­vived brand’s adap­ta­tion of Su­san Hill’s haunted house novella has no press­ing rea­son to ex­ist.

Faith­ful­ness isn’t a prob­lem; Hill her­self sug­gested di­rec­tions in which the story could go next. We re­turn to Eel Marsh House circa 1940, as it be­comes home to a party of evac­u­ated chil­dren. Soon teacher Eve ( Phoebe Fox) has awak­ened the venge­ful spirit, and the “ac­ci­den­tal” deaths start stack­ing up.

The pe­riod set­ting is skil­fully pre­sented, the fog- shrouded lo­ca­tions are at­mo­spheric, and there are mo­ments of gothic beauty – like a se­quence where Eve fran­ti­cally chases the tit­u­lar wraith through a tan­gled wood. Fox is also rather good in the cen­tral role, par­tic­u­larly when in­ter­act­ing with Jeremy Irvine’s hand­some pi­lot.

This ro­man­tic di­men­sion is more in­ter­est­ing than the supernatural one, which, with its bumps in the night, creaky doors and sud­den jolts all feels a tad too fa­mil­iar – dou­bly so if you’ve seen the 2012 film.

A deleted scene pro­vides an ad­di­tional shock as a light­bulb ex­plodes. Gasp! There’s also a Mak­ing Of and five short fea­turettes. Ian Ber­ri­man Su­san Hill be­lieves in ghosts: “there are too many in­ci­dents and places that have a dread­ful feel­ing about them, a sense of evil.”

He was never us­ing the bath­room af­ter his brother again.

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