Double Feature: The Woman in Black (1/2)

Hey Everyone!

Today, we are going to do a different type of review. 

Almost an Inception of Movie Reviews…
This will be a movie review within a movie review. 

‘The Woman in Black’ (2012)

Currently on Flixster/Rotten Tomatoes it is rated fresh with 66% (Critics) and rotten at 54% (Users).

‘The Woman in Black 2′ (2014)

Currently on Flixster/Rotten Tomatoes it is rated rotten with 20% (Critics) and 26% (Users).

The Woman in Black (2012)

Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is a widowed lawyer that has left behind his young son while he tends to legal business of the recently deceased Alice Drablow, who is the owner of the Eel Marsh House.

This house is technically located on a island when the high tide rolls in.
The only time people are able to leave the estate grounds is when the tides are low thus exposing the road. 

While going thru paperwork that was left behind the house, Arthur finds letters between Alice and her sister Jennet Humfrye (Liz White). Within the letters, we find out that Alice had adopted Jennet son Nathaniel, due to Alice believing that Jennet was not mentally fit to tend for the son. Later we find that Jennet had committed suicide due to Nathaniel dying in the marsh outside of the house during the high tide.

It appears that the woman in black has it out for children within the local town, since she is not able to keep her own child.

Also, throughout the duration of the stay at the Manor; Arthur witnesses ghostly apparitions, human silhouettes and toys randomly turning on.  

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2014)

Okay folks! Same house with same backstory.. Except this time period takes place during WWII. 

Eve Parkins (Phoebe Fox) is a young school teacher and Jean Hogg (Helen McCrory) is the school’s headmistress. Due to war, they evacuated the school children to the countryside, where sadly the only place they could take them was Eel Marsh House. 

Originally posted by vous-ne-prepasserez-pas

Of course with children in the Eel Marsh House; This is not a good recipe for survival. 

Originally posted by womaninblack2

What I struggled with on this film

The only things that I struggled with was in TWIB2.

There’s a scene where everyone was gathered in a circle. Eve decides that everyone should close their eyes in attempt to stop the woman in black from taking one of them away. Keep in mind that during this time there was about five children and three adults. 

I would have expected one of the children to open their eyes but WAYY TO GO JEAN!

If I was in that scenario; I’m pretty sure this would have been my reaction. 

Originally posted by madeupmonkeyshit


There was a lot of creepy scenes more so within the first film. I can honestly say any time you have dancing monkeys, and long dark hallways with a door creaking open. You know that something is about to pop out and say HELLO!

Originally posted by think-of-the-little-things

Originally posted by womaninblack2

Originally posted by embracehell

Originally posted by macabre-of-horror

Overall Thoughts

The Woman in Black: I felt it had the perfect amount of scare factor without it being too much in your face. That ending though was absolutely perfect! Seriously thought that they had ended it on the right note. 

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death: Sadly, they should not have made a sequel. I had a hard time staying focused on this film; perhaps I kept comparing this film to the first TWIB. Also, I didn’t feel like I cared for the characters in this film. There was no connection to the characters like there was with Arthur and his family from the first film. 

The Woman in Black:

Chris’s Rating : 5
Stina’s Rating : 7.75

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

Chris’s Rating : He didn't watch it. 
Stina’s Rating : 5

Suitable for a Date: Sure for the first film! 
Suitable for Children: NO! Unless you prefer to have the young ones sleep in your bed forever. :) 
Suitable for Girls Night Out: Yes to the first film. Harry Potter as a Studly lawyer.

Share your thoughts…

What did you think of the movie?
What what your favorite scene?

Thanks for reading!

- Stina :)


The Woman in Black