Black Death

  • 15
  • Christopher Smith (2010)
  • UK / Ger
  • 97 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Director Christopher Smith (Creep, Severance) delivers a superior interpretation of medieval history and superstition in this thought-provoking horror. In 1348, knight Sean Bean and his mercenary band of torturers are sent by the church to investigate rumours that necromancy is holding the plague at bay in a remote rural community. Their guide is a conflicted monk (Eddie Redmayne, giving a hugely affecting performance) who's put to the ultimate test by a playful sorceress (Carice van Houten) who seems to have the power to raise the dead. Smith's film is a frightening journey into the social fabric of evil, religious persecution, pathological cruelty and supernatural possibility. With analogies deftly drawn to contemporary issues and the tone kept purposely insidious, the intensity builds to a transfixing finale that invites comparison to 1968 cult classic Witchfinder General in its shock value.

Plot Summary

Horror mystery starring Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne. Medieval England is in the grip of the plague, so when it comes to light that a remote community has been left mysteriously untouched by the pestilence, a young monk and a band of mercenary knights are sent to investigate whether witchcraft is responsible.

Cast and crew

Cast

Ulric
Sean Bean
Osmund
Eddie Redmayne
Abbot
David Warner
Langiva
Carice van Houten
Wolfstan
John Lynch
Hob
Tim McInnerny
Dalywag
Andy Nyman
Mold
Johnny Harris
Averill
Kimberley Nixon
Swire
Emun Elliott
Ivo
Tygo Gernandt
Griff
Jamie Ballard

Crew

Director
Christopher Smith

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Revolver
Guidance: 
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 11 Jun 2010
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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