Season of the Witch
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Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage (National Treasure, Ghost Rider) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Hellboy II) star in this supernatural action adventure about a heroic Crusader and his fellow soldier who must transport a woman accused of being a witch to a remote monastery. The arduous journey across perilous terrain tests their strength and courage as they discover the girl’s secret and find themselves battling a terrifyingly powerful force that will determine the fate of the world.
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widescreen video, english SDH
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becoming the demon
on a crusade
just good entertainment with Nicholas Cage and Ron Perlman.
Could have been longer with more about crusades
Neither man is interested... not even when a monk, Debelzaq (Stephen Campbell Moore), begs with them to heed the calling of the Church. But then Behmen encounters the supposed witch (Claire Foy) -- beautiful and capable of tugging at his heartstrings, she senses in him a kindness that will not allow him to permit her to be charged without proof. Thus, he agrees on the condition that she will have a fair trial upon reaching their destination. Together with the others and an ambitious, aspiring young would-be knight named Kay (Robert Sheehan), they travel into the wilderness. But to prove whether or not she is a witch, they must reach their destination... and no one realizes what lies ahead. Reading what various reviews have to say about this film you would think it's downright terrible. I won't lie to you, it's not a masterpiece by any means, but it's also quite good fun. The dialogue is witty and full of banter and many of the scenes are downright creepy, as they should be. Honestly, I think what weakened audience reactions to it is the twist in the second half, when it becomes less a supernatural medieval thriller and more like The Exorcist... but with CGI wings. I actually think it would have been scarier not to involve winged demons and merely let the actors play it out, but even so... it's entertaining.
The cast is quite good, particularly Claire Foy as she leads the audience on -- we never know whether to trust her or warn the others not to turn their back on her. She can be sweet and helpless one moment and casting a diabolical grin the next. Obviously, in a movie of this nature there is going to be manifestations of ... something. To some it might seem witchcraft but here it is not what we expect. The first three fourths of this film are terrific -- suspenseful, misleading, and with good character development. It falters a bit toward the end when it becomes a little too incredible; it shifts gears midstride and becomes less a historical epic and more of a fantasy-horror film. It just feels awkward, but in comparison to the other film with the same basic theme (Black Death) this is a considerable improvement, with absolutely beautiful scenery and a great musical score. It may not win any awards and probably won't even be a film I will add to my collection, but it was worth a rental. And... yeah, probably even a rewatch.
payoff and are hugely chilling; I just loved what happened, and would encourage anyone who loves nuanced style in Supernatural scares to watch a very good work.Its hrd to make any comment about the film without giving away key plot points, since the film is so well and tightly crafted, but suffice to say ... Do not Be deceived !!!