Black Death

Black Death

Christopher Smith (2010)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


As the bubonic plague sweeps across medieval Britain, one isolated community seems to be completely unaffected. A naive monk is sent to accompany a band of mercenaries to the village to determine if they have used witchcraft to ward off the disease. Thriller, starring Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne and Carice van Houten.

Cast & Crew

Ulric Sean Bean
Osmund Eddie Redmayne
Langiva Carice van Houten
The abbott David Warner
Mold Johnny Harris
Averill Kimberley Nixon
Wolfstan John Lynch
Hob Tim McInnerny
Director Christopher Smith
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: RevolverGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Jun 2010