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This film is absolutely terrible - yet, bizarrely - at the same time pretty good... I can't explain it, so I'm putting it down to some sort of witchcraft.

Within 5 minutes of sitting down to watch this film I was cringing. Nicholas Cage and Ron Pearlman are a duo that, on screen, go together like a chav's hoody and a toffs bowler hat - but that said, by the end of the film - I'd quite enjoyed myself.

It started off well. The opening scene was promising, but when we're introduced to the main characters not 5 minutes later, alarm bells started ringing. The CGI looked dreadfully cheap and the dialogue was awful:

Cage: "Whoever kills the least men buys the drinks..."
Pearlman: ''OK - I'll take the 300 hundred on the left...''
Cage: ''And I'll take the 300 on the right!''
Pealrman: ''But then how will we decide who buys the drinks?"
Cage: "Looks like I'll have to take all 600 then!"

It's that bad. And it doesn't get much better throughout - the film itself though, oddly enough - does.

Once you make it past the opening and onto the story as a whole, I found it surprisingly enjoyable. It kept me guessing. The effects got better and in the end it was the perfect nonsense escape.

To sum up: Costumes, awful. Script, awful. Acting, awful. And like I said, I can't explain it but, film - pretty good.

The only thing I am sure of after watching this is that Nicholas Cage should be banned from acting or, taking a cue from this film, burnt at the stake.
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on 11 February 2011
If you thought Nicolas Cage's CV couldn't look any worse than it did after the release of the majestically awful stink-bomb that was The Wicker Man (2007), you'll be driven to re-consider if you happen to experience the cinematic stench of Season of the Witch, which he clearly agreed to take part in purely to further recoup the financial losses suffered in his myriad of recent lawsuits and soured property deals. His bank balance might look healthier, but his artistic reputation now needs artificial respiration.
With a marked lack of conviction, Cage and Ron `Hellboy' Perlman here play Christian knights taking enthusiastic roles in the Crusades, slaughtering their way through thousands of heathens in battle after battle, and spending their nights drinking and whoring with abandon. Then one day, Cage accidentally shoves his sword (real, not pork) through an innocent peasant woman and realises that he isn't on such a noble mission after all. After deserting the cause, they come across a plague-ridden land stricken by what appears to be a witch's curse, and are given one last chance to `serve God'...
An early contender for the title of 2011's worst movie, Season of the Witch is a truly rotten mish-mash of genres, trying to blend medieval adventure with outright gothic horror and failing in both regards. The movie lacks anything approaching wit, suspense, or excitement, is riddled with laughable anachronisms, and finally disappears up its own backside during an incomprehensible climax filled with poor special effects. It feels like how The Lord of the Rings might have turned out if it had been directed by the bloke who made Wrong Side of Town and was budgeted like an episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures. Cage is dreadful, Perlman is barely adequate, and the rest of the cast (including an underused Stephen Graham giving his dire Public Enemies `Brooklyn' accent another unwelcome airing) are totally forgettable. Proof positive that his strong supporting role in Kick-Ass was a one-off, Season of the Witch solidly returns Nicolas Cage to the run of cack films with which his name is now synonymous.
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on 15 May 2016
Watch once. Fun for an evening with popcorn.
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on 4 December 2015
what can you say Nicolas cage at his best
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on 17 April 2015
Yes a nice film as we like Nicholas cage
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on 6 October 2014
Terrible film. But seller satisfactory
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on 15 April 2015
Very pleased and good service Thank you
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on 18 November 2015
A good story and delivery as expected.
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on 31 December 2012
This film took me back to my youth and reminded me of the early 80's VHS sword and sorcery films I used to watch.Not the deepest of plots or the best acting in the world but quite enjoyable.
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on 14 August 2011
brilliant film. well worth a watch. Nicholas Gage in very different role to his normal. Ron Pearlman as brilliant as ever.
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