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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Ron Perlman
Stephen Graham
Nicolas Cage
Claire Foy
Christopher Lee.
Directors
Dominic Sena.
Screenwriters
Bragi F. Schut.
Running Time
95 minutes

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Season Of The Witch
Nicolas Cage gets medieval


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Plot
In the 14th century, a group of knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where the monks deduce that she could be the source of the black plague.


Review
Season Of The Witch
It is doubtful that the combined brain power of Stephens Hawking and Fry could explain Cage’s presence in this odorous pile of medieval nonsense from Gone In Sixty Seconds director Sena. Cage and Perlman – that’s Ghost Rider and Hellboy, comic book fans – play a couple of former knights who, having become fashionably disillusioned with the murderous Crusades, become minders for a young woman (Little Dorrit’s Foy), suspected of being the witch responsible for spreading the Black Plague throughout Europe. With limp direction, lousy effects, and less drama than the average Dungeons & Dragons scenario, Season Of The Witch represents a new low in Oscar winner Cage’s once-stellar career. Only his accountant could possibly approve.


Verdict
Does to the medieval era what Cage's Wicker Man did to Anthony Shaffer. Hokum and not in a good way.


Reviewed by David Hughes

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Slow, cheap-looking, and dull, Season of the Witch fails even as unintentional comedy. ... More

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Posted by the film man at 14:08, 14 February 2012 | Report This Post


Half decent medieval action type film.

I was disappointed. I was really looking forward to this and then after watching this online in bad quality it was not what I expected. I expected a medieval, buddy road movie/action/ fantasy film with plenty of gore and violence. While Ron Perlman and Cage are a likeable double act their relationship as buds never develops and to top it off theres no gore at all and aside from a few mucusy boils thanks to the black plague very little happens here in terms of character development or action seq... More

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Posted by lewisb548 at 12:31, 17 December 2011 | Report This Post


Bashed by all the critics and I see why, poor script, terrible acting, bad effects, but somehow strangely watchable. Nicolas Cage is definitely cashing a pay-check in this one, and the only one that seems to be trying to give a performance is Robert Sheehan. But in the end it's another movie that despite it's lack of greatness is watchable.  ... More

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Posted by lukejt02 at 19:57, 24 March 2011 | Report This Post


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I hadn't even heard of Season Of The Witch until a couple of weeks ago, but I found the idea of another medieval horror-orientated film pretty exciting, especially after the fine Black Death.  The Middle Ages seems like a perfect setting for horror and it hasn't really been used much.  However, upon reading up on this movie, it turns out it's had a troubled production history.  It was originally conceived of as an 'R' rated movie, really dark and brutal, and was actually m... More

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Posted by Dr Lenera at 22:16, 10 January 2011 | Report This Post


RE: A lazy review Team Empire

maybe that's because it was a cut and paste performance by Cage in the first place :D ... More

Posted by DanTDavies at 14:53, 08 January 2011 | Report This Post


RE: A lazy review Team Empire

Well, this was clearly going to be rubbish when the release date got put back almost a year, 5 weeks before it was scheduled to go on release.  ... More

Posted by nhassell at 22:14, 06 January 2011 | Report This Post


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