Black Death (2010)

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  1. Anaestheus

    Anaestheus Well-Known Member

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    I'm a bit johnny-come-lately on this one, I suppose. But I couldn't find a thread mentioning this film anywhere, even though I swear this is where I first heard about this film.

    Anyway, the basic story is about witch hunts during the Black Plague. A young monk, who is questioning his faith, joins up with a ruthless band of church-sanctioned thugs who are visiting towns unaffected by the plague searching for witches. Violence and mayhem ensue.

    It starts off a bit dull and it feels like it was shot during off days on the sets of Game of Thrones, and the presence of Sean Bean really helps it feel that way. And, I'll also warn that it took a while for me to get interested in it. The characters are either boring or cliche. It has touches of Name of the Rose, Wicker Man, and Witchfinder General, which are definitely superior films.

    However, there were several points where I found myself saying, "Ya'know, it would be really interesting if..." only to have that be an actual plot point 10-15 minutes later. And, once they start to cross the marshes, it picks up a really nice ambiance of dread. It won't seem like a horror film at first, and it may not be when all is said and done. But, it is certainly a grim little thing with a lot of violence. And when it reaches the conclusion, it actually has some nice little twists that I actually found rather provocative.

    I'd definitely recommend it to any fans of the other films/shows mentioned already.
     
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  2. dave13

    dave13 Well-Known Member

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    i don't remember much of it, since i watched it over a year ago, but i recall enjoying it a lot, perhaps more than you - i don't recall finding it dull or cliche at any point. but yeah, for anyone who hasn't checked it out, its worth it.
     
  3. russweiss

    russweiss Well-Known Member

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    I saw this nearly two years ago and really remember very little about it. It's available on Netflix instant streaming and has a rating of about 2 1/2 stars which seems about right.
     
  4. bigdaddyhorse

    bigdaddyhorse Detroit Hi-on

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    Caught this from the library a few months back and really dug it. My girl liked it even more and I'm instructed to wait for the BD to drop to around the $10 price range then purchase.
     
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    I saw this whenever it first came out on DVD and really enjoyed it. It wasn't quite what I expected but left a bit of an impression. I'll watch anything directed by Christopher Smith or starring Andy Nyman or Carice Van Houten.
     
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    Paff Super Moderator

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    I thought there was already a thread on this too. I also saw it about a year ago and really enjoyed it. It was proof of the theory that no good movie is ever long enough, as I felt it was over far too quickly. The ride to the village was very interesting, but it takes up the first 1/3 of the movie. That's when it really kicks into high gear, but there's only 30 minutes left. I think they could have added at least 30-45 more minutes to flesh out the story.
     
  7. Katatonia

    Katatonia Hellbound Heart

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    I thought there was too, and could have sworn I even commented on it.

    I rented the film when it first came out, and it was good enough to buy the Blu-ray. Definitely worth recommending.
     
  8. spawningblue

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    Yeah I pciked this up on Blu and really enjoyed it. I too wish it was a little longer.
     
  9. Shannafey

    Shannafey Don't Monkey With Me!

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    I watched it on cable when I had a free movie channel. I liked it a lot and want to pick it up on DVD or Blu.
     

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