With Christopher Smith's Black Death
now available on VOD and coming to US screens on March 11th, the lovely folk at Magnolia are offering up a whopping Black Death
prize pack giveaway. What's in there? DVD copies of Smith's earlier film Severance
and Neil Marshall's Centurion
, a Black Death
t-shirt, and a copy of the alternate poster you see to the left - signed by artist Simon Bisley. Not so shabby, this one.
The year is 1348. Europe has fallen under the shadow of the Black Death. As the plague decimates all in its path, fear and superstition are rife. In this apocalyptic environment, the church is losing its grip on the people. There are rumors of a village, hidden in marshland that the plague cannot reach. There is even talk of a necromancer who leads the village and is able to bring the dead back to life.
Ulric (Sean Bean), a fearsome knight, is charged by the church to investigate these rumors. He enlists the guidance of a novice monk, Osmund (Eddie Redmayne) to lead him and his band of mercenary soldiers to the marshland, but Osmund has other motives for leaving his monastery. Their journey to the village and events that unfold take them into the heart of darkness and to horrors that will put Osmund's faith in himself and his love for God to the ultimate test.
You want your crack at this? Here's what you've got to do. Email me here
and list the ways in which Smith's film kicks the ass of recent similarly themed US effort Season Of The Witch
. Because it does. It really, really, really
does. Get to it!
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