After the financial success of the 2012 remake Hammer quickly produced this sequel set 40 years later during WWII. Lightning however did not strike twice as this poorly written film never seems to really get started. The jump scares are poor and no real sense of dread ever emerges. Despite good turns by Phoebe Fox and Helen McCrory this one is a total miss and doesn't really deserve the Hammer name.
Great production design and atmosphere are the only redeeming qualities Angel of Death contains. Jump scares, underdeveloped characters and the misuse of WWII as a backdrop spoils the film. The audience never gets to fully connect and get the know the children so the deaths in the film (although unsettling) and the mission of the protagonist were unmoving.
Enjoyable, with some truly frightening moments, but not quite as enjoyable or as frightening as the first. The atmosphere was the same, with hazy camera work and lavish production design, but there was just a little something missing. Points for effort, performance, aesthetic. No points for payoff, of which there was very little. The climactic scenes were mostly tiresome with a few jump-scares littered around.