Daniel Radcliffe starrer The Woman in Black rescued the long-dormant Hammer Film Productions with a stellar $20.9 million opening weekend back in 2012, which more than earned the period chiller a sequel. Now, whether or not fans actually wanted The Woman in Black: Angel of Death is up for discussion, but the original movie’s key role in kickstarting a new era of Hammer Horror can’t be overstated, so it’s only to be expected that the studio would try to turn the flick into a franchise.
The first trailer for the follow-up, which hits next February, doesn’t do much more than announce the sequel’s existence, which is a bit disappointing but should have been expected considering how far away the title is. We do know quite a bit about what Angel of Death will focus on, however. Set during World War II, the sequel replaces Radcliffe with Helen McCrory (Showtime’s Penny Dreadful) and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse).
The synopsis is as follows:
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.
One by one the children begin acting strangely and Eve, with the help of local military commander Harry, discovers that the group has awoken a dark force even more terrifying and evil than the city’s air raids. Eve must now confront her own demons to save the children and escape the wrath of The Woman in Black.
No stateside release date has yet been set, but The Woman in Black: Angel of Death will open in the UK on February 13th, 2015. The question is, do you care enough about the evil specter to check out this sequel? Let us know below.