SEASON OF THE WITCH R2 DVD
Do not be put off watching this film on the basis of the press and other reviews. Frankly I was and it has sat on my shelf unopened for over a year until I finally decided to give it a chance just recently.
This is not a historical drama; rather it is a historical fantasy-horror action film set in the 14th Century in a mythical part of Europe following the fortunes of a crusader knight employed by the Christian Church to deliver a witch for trial. The opening sequences set the premise that black magic/witchcraft do exist and the theme is carried forward through the film with supernatural foes besetting the hero and his companions on the journey to their destination.
It is a lightweight film with lots of action, battles, skirmishes with wolves and demon possessed corpses, creepie forest and spooky monasteries,and a strange plaque thought to be of supernatural origin which causes the victims to mutate. The film is rather in the style of the Roger Corman movies of the 1970's and Nicholas Cage and Ron Pearlman battle their way through with great panache and a Corman-esque humour. Claire Foy is not just beautiful but makes a good performance of the innocent girl accursed of witchcraft and it is worth watching out for the short cameo appearance of Christopher Lee, whose presence verifies the horror film status of the movie.
Overall a very good enjoyable action/horror film romp, not a work of art or historically educational, the crusades actually ended half a century or so before and the battles listed at the beginning are pure invention; but great fun and some good special effects and special make-up creations. If you enjoyed 13th. Warrior or Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves you will probably like this.