A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.
A 14th century Crusader returns to a homeland devastated by the Black Plague. A beleaguered church, deeming sorcery the culprit of the plague, commands the two knights to transport an accused witch to a remote abbey, where monks will perform a ritual in hopes of ending the pestilence. A priest, a grieving knight, a disgraced itinerant and a headstrong youth who can only dream of becoming a knight join a mission troubled by mythically hostile wilderness and fierce contention over the fate of the girl. When the embattled party arrives at the abbey, a horrific discovery jeopardises the knight's pledge to ensure the girl fair treatment, and pits them against an inexplicably powerful and destructive force. Written by
Test screenings reportedly did not impress Lionsgate executives and the studio decided to push back the originally planned March 2010 release date. The movie underwent reshoots in September 2010 in Shreveport, Louisiana. See more »
At one point, the priest's injured hand is disinfected with liquor from a flask, but antisepsis would have been unknown in the 14th century. See more »
First, it may or maybe not be intended by all clerical leaders, fact is that a big number of innocent women has been ghastly brought to death in the name of god during the middle age. Now someone had the idea to shoot a movie that rises some doubts about the complete moral failure of Christianity in this matter, and two big numbers from the Hollywood's actor's scene agreed to participate.
Maybe Nicholas Cage and Ron Pearlman read only their remuneration proposals, not the script. Four out of four suspected witches in this movie are possessed by the evil, so, torturer's where right, that's the message in the first place. It's like to say the Jews earned their holocaust because they all conspired to bring German society down.
Nevertheless, historically the Jews, although they died at the same rate of this disease, were blamed for the Black Plague and were assaulted and wiped out widely in Europe, since no doctor knew where the plague came from, and medicine didn't exist as a science but as Alchemy. Witch persecution began about a hundred years later and ended in the 18th century. And, for the record, the Black plague is still active today.
Second, when it comes to the crusades, the two heroes in this twisted holy buddy movie turn their backs on their unholy duty only when they kill some European looking females, and the countless other murders they committed are somewhere rightful, because they were misled by the catholic church, poor soldiers with bloody swords but well-hearted to the core.
The movie, with those two hypocrisies in mind, is something that should not happen and should not be shown and should not be watched, as it is far away from any truth but claims to have some. As far as we know, most of US history productions are far from history, and people do not care and watch those abominations like the Germans watched propaganda movies during the NS regime.
You can call it merely moronic and enjoy some medieval atmosphere and the professional but not really participating acting of two big names, along with some CGI at SyFy level and a tiny adventurous plot. Popcorn-cinema, and there are uncounted numbers of such movies, produced only to keep the industry running.
Unfortunately, there are subliminal messages coming along with the historical pretension. The movie is plainly stupid, but make no mistake, stupidity has the biggest influence on earth since the human brain is capable of what is called 'thinking'.
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