With the coming of Nicolas Cage’s Season of the Witch and Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood, it appears that we might be seeing a resurgence of medieval hack-and-slash flicks, with a dash of supernaturalism thrown in here and there. The trailer below, for Black Death, might be the dark horse entry in that genre. It stars a mostly unknown cast — anytime Sean Bean is the name on the marquis, you know you’re in lower-wattage company. That said, unlike that soulless kitten-strangler Dustin, I actually am quite fond of Bean — he’s a solid performer who usually brings a decent amount of menace and/or charisma to his frequent supporting roles.
Twitch offers the following synopsis about Black Death, due out later this year:
In a plague-ridden medieval England, Osmund (Eddie Redmayne), a young monk, is charged in leading the fearsome knight Ulrich (Sean Bean), and his group of mercenaries to a remote village where the inhabitants are unaffected by the deadly pestilence. Their quest is to hunt down a necromancer - someone able to bring the dead back to life. Their journey is long and brutal; encountering deadly bandits, vicious witch-burnings and their own impeding sense of doom. Though it’s upon entering the village that their true horror begins…
Here’s the trailer.
Plague, zombies, necromancy, Sean Bean, witch burnings. What’s not to love?
Actually, what is particularly intriguing is that the film is directed by Christopher Smith, who recently did the enjoyably creepy and strange Triangle — a very good, if not somewhat flawed film that featured a similarly unknown cast. Color me interested.