|Tags: action, adventure, Bragi F. Schut, demonic, Dominic Sena, knights, medieval, nic cage, Nicolas Cage, plague, Relativity Media, Season of the Witch, witchcraft, witches|
Cast:Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Stephen Graham, Claire Foy, Stephen Campbell Moore, Robert Sheehan
Baring no relation to the George Romero flick with the same name, Season of the Witch is a silly period adventure horror pic that starts off mediocre and quickly descends into the ridiculous. By the end you'll likely question how a film like this even made it to the theaters.
The story follows Nic Cage and Ron Perlman as a couple badass crusaders, hacking and slashing their way through whomever the King deems an advisory. This apparently includes women and children, which doesn't bode well for Cage's character. Thus, he and his buddy Perlman abandon the King's army and set off to no particular destination. They eventually find themselves in a plague-ridden town, where they're captured and given the choice to either die or accept the task to escort a captive "witch" to a group of far-away monks, in hopes of ridding the curse she has set upon the world.
Spewing cheesy one liners and offering some serious questionable acting from the start, Season of the Witch is essentially an unintentional B-movie that somehow made it to theaters. The thin and predictable script does away fairly early with any intrigue associated with the woman they have caged up, and whether or not she's an actual witch. Sad, considering it was probably the only aspect I found interesting about the story.
The characters are made up your standard clichéd miss-matched bunch you'd expect from a film like this -- you've got the shifty thief, a dubious monk, and of course the young wannabe knight, to name a few. Mostly an adventure flick, the movie doesn't veer towards more horror territory until it nears its climax, where it gives us some of the worst CG effects I've seen for a theatrical release in quite some time.
Despite all the negative, I wasn't bored by the flick and got some nice chuckles outta some of the unintentionally funny scenes and dialogue. Even so, it's a decent B-movie, but a bad flick in all other respects. Unless you want to see more cage and his wild greasy uncombed hair, I'd advise skipping this.
|Posted on April 27, 2011 - 2:04pm | FrighT MasteR|