SYNOPSIS: Season of the Witch
Lionsgate and Relativity Media’s supernatural thriller, SEASON OF THE WITCH, stars Nicolas Cage as medieval knight Behmen who undertakes a mission pitting him against a devious witch and making him the last hope for the world against an ancient and dark force.
His faith broken by years of battle as a crusader, Behmen returns to central Europe to find his homeland decimated by the Black Plague. While searching for food and supplies at the Palace at Marburg, Behmen and his trusted companion Felson (Ron Perlman) are apprehended and ordered by the dying Cardinals to deliver a young peasant girl – believed to be the witch responsible for the Plague to a remote abbey where here powers can be destroyed. Behmen agrees to the assignment but only if the peasant girl is granted a fair trial. As he and five others set off on this dangerous journey, they realize with mounting dread that the cunning girl is no ordinary human, and that their mission will pit them against an evil that even in these dark times they never could have imagined.
When I started seeing the previews for this movie, I was intrigued due to the nature of the genre, but for some reason, I never rented it because I did not expect much. As it turned out, I though the story was pretty cool. I loved the suggestion that the Black Plague may have been caused by a witch.
Other good things I liked where that not until the end could I determine of the girl was a witch or not. One of my favorite effects was the wolves, which appeared to change just before they attached from a regular animal into something more werewolf like.
It’s kind of ironic that the first movie I watched in my latest set, Paul, focused on evolution and this movie second movie in the set focused on creationism. Good to see ol’ Christopher Lee is still around.