When The Woman in Black pulled in over $120 million worldwide two years ago, many considered it to be a long-awaited return to form for esteemed studio, Hammer Film Productions. Following its reign as the undisputed master of gothic horror throughout the 50s, 60s, and 70s, the England-based company began to ramp down before eventually closing up shop in the 1980s.
However, at the turn of the millennium, Hammer found a new lease of life in the wake of foreign investment and is beginning to dust the cobwebs of its prestigious production line for a new era, as the studio prepares for next year’s creepy sequel, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death.
Ditching Daniel Radcliffe et al., the follow-up will take place a full forty years after the events of the first film, a time when Eel Marsh House is being used as a temporary war shelter in the midst of World War II. War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine and Phoebe Fox will play key characters in the horror flick, with the likes of Helen McCrory and Oaklee Pendergast rounding out the cast.
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death will be directed by Tom Harper, following his work on This Is England ’86 and cult superhero show, Misfits. It’s understood that the titular spirit will swoop into theatres on January 20th, 2015. Check out the trailer above and plot summary below and let us know if you’re excited for this sequel.
“As bombs rain down on London during the Blitz of World War II, a group of school children are evacuated with Eve, their young and beautiful schoolteacher, to the safety of the English countryside. Taken to an old and empty estate, cut-off by a causeway from the mainland, they are left at Eel Marsh House.”