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The Last Witch Hunter (2015)

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The last witch hunter is all that stands between humanity and the combined forces of the most horrifying witches in history.

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Breck Eisner
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vin Diesel ... Kaulder
Rose Leslie ... Chloe
Elijah Wood ... Dolan 37th
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson ... Belial
Rena Owen ... Glaeser
Julie Engelbrecht ... The Witch Queen
Michael Caine ... Dolan 36th
Joseph Gilgun ... Ellic
Isaach De Bankolé ... Max Schlesinger
Michael Halsey ... Grosette
Sloane Coombs ... Elizabeth
Lotte Verbeek ... Helena
Dawn Olivieri ... Danique
Inbar Lavi ... Sonia
Armani Jackson ... Armani
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Storyline

The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the Queen curses Kaulder with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today Kaulder is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to Kaulder, the Queen Witch is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race. Written by Lionsgate

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All Will Be Tried. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The screenplay for this movie was featured in the 2010 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

Goofs

Spoilers - Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When Dolan 37th calls Kaulder to say that "Dolan the 36th passed away peacefully last night" and "The ceremony will be tomorrow" is clearly the day after Kaulder, and later, Dolan 37th, visited with Dolan 36th, the night he dies. Now he can only be referring to the funeral ceremony in this call. The question then seems to be, what is the ceremony we cut to immediately after the call? This is the ceremony installing Dolan 37th as the next Dolan, even though we see there is also a closed casket there. The only things we see and hear going on at this ceremony are directly related to Dolan 37th testifying that he is worthy of the job, promising to always help Kaulder, and ending with him being branded on his arm. After that he goes outside and joins Kaulder who seems to have left before this ceremony was completed. Since we neither see nor hear anything having to do with a "funeral" ceremony we can assume that it will still take place tomorrow, as Dolan 37th said to Kaulder, and the body is simply lying in repose until then. Therefore, when they leave and go to Dolan 36th's apartment and Kaulder's statement to Dolan 37th "You were here last night, before he died, right?" is phrased correctly. See more »

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[first lines]
Belial: I swear to you, every single mother and daughter, father and son taken from us by the Black Plague will be avenged. It is their Witch Queen who brought this curse upon our lands. And in her death lies our salvation. Be warned, brothers. She will never truly perish until her heart beats its last. Let fear be dead to us. There is no going back, for there is nothing to go back to.
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Crazy Credits

The Summit Entertainment logo appears on a parchment in ink, with the text is written in runic script before morphing into normal letters. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK version theatrical release is cut in order to secure a 12A rating. During post-production, the distributor was informed by the BBFC that the film was likely to be passed 15 but that their preferred (and more profitable) 12A could be achieved by making a number of reductions to moments of violence and horror. When the film was submitted for formal classification, acceptable reductions had been made and the film was classified 12A. The subsequent video release is uncut with a 15 classification. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Blockbuster Buster: Victor Frankenstein (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Paint It, Black
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by Ciara
Published by ABKCO Music, Inc.
Courtesy of FINIS, By arrangement with Secret Road Music Services, Inc.
Ciara appears courtesy of Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
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Cookie cutter film-making
24 July 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE LAST WITCH HUNTER is yet another bland and soulless Hollywood blockbuster CGI adventure that looks and feels exactly like SEASON OF THE WITCH, RIPD, MEN IN BLACK, plus at least a dozen others released in the last decade. I think it's a real shame that these films have no distinctiveness or visual style over their own, which renders them instantly forgettable to the viewer.

The hulking but oddly bland Vin Diesel stars as an immortal witch hunter who goes around dispatching evil witches with the aid of priest Elijah Wood (wasted in an under-written part). Eventually he comes up against an age-old evil and soon a battle commences which is packed with the usual CGI action: it looks pretty but artificial, lacking depth and believability. Even worse, the child-friendly certificate means that this film's attempts to be genuinely scary fall by the wayside. Imagine this as a hard adult horror packed with violence and gore, and you might have something halfway decent.

Films like THE LAST WITCH HUNTER aren't inherently bad, it's just their lack of originality and their contentedness to copy what's come before that gets to me. The most interesting thing about this production are the supporting cast members: Icelandic actor Olafur Darri Olafsson is full of gravitas, Rose Leslie oddly appealing, Joseph Gilgun briefly crazy, Michael Caine typically steadfast, and Julie Engelbrecht makes for the single decent CGI effect. The rest is just loud noise and nonsense that you'll happily forget about mere moments after watching.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,812,861, 25 October 2015

Gross USA:

$27,367,660

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$146,936,910
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2.35 : 1
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