takes place during the time of the Black Death. In 1348, the church sends
a fearsome knight, Ulric (Sean Bean), to investigate a village untouched by the plague.
Ulric and his band of knights have Osmund (Eddie Redmayne), a monk, as their guide to take them through a forest and
a marsh to get to this village where a necromancer is rumored to be raising the dead.
Ulric is tasked with taking back the necromancer for trial for the church. Osmund
wants to find the girl he loves (that he sent into the forest before the village).
The village will put Ulric, Osmond, and the knights to the test.
BLACK DEATH is a gothic occult thriller. It is about faith and losing humanity.
You have people at odds with each other in what they believe. Ulric
is a fanatic where Osmund believes he can love a woman and serve the church. You
have a village that has cast away religion. BLACK DEATH is an intense occult
thriller with plenty of action and scares. It draws you into the period
and the characters. Director Christopher Smith compares the journey the
band of people take to APOCALYPSE NOW. The time of the Black Death was
a scary time where religion tried to make sense of it to the extreme. They
accused people of being witches and persecuted those who weren't believers.
Four scenes were deleted for pacing reasons
even though the montage sequence is cool.
BRINGING BLACK DEATH TO LIFE- promotional featurette about the making of BLACK DEATH
A LOOK AT BLACK DEATH- four minutes of promo fluff to promote BLACK DEATH
Thirty minutes of interviews with the director
Christopher Smith, producers Phil Robertson and Jens Meurer, actor Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne , actress Carice Van Houten,
Kimberly Nixon, actor Emun Elliot, Andy Nyman, John Lynch, Johnny Harris, and Time McInnerny reveal stories about the production
and each other. They share appreciation about each other and what drew
them to the film.
Behind the Scenes footage during and between
takes says it all- skip this extra.
also included is the theatrical trailer
for BLACK DEATH and previews for other releases from Magnolia and Magnet.
FINAL ANALYSIS: BLACK DEATH is an engaging occult thriller that sucks you in and takes you along on a journey that
gets darker and darker. Watch it and prepared to be taken on a journey
into the scary era of the Black Death.
this Blu-ray review is (c)5-12-2011
David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. send all comments