5.0 out of 5 stars Très satisfait
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2.0 out of 5 stars We found a witch! May we burn her?
"Season of the Witch" is one of those movies that probably would have gone straight to SyFy/Sci-Fi, if it didn't have an A-list actor attached. It's a murky, rather rushed historical creep-out that blossoms into silly horror at the end, after a long journey where not very much happens. Ron Perlman is awesome, though.
Disgusted with the slaughter of the...
Published on Aug. 25 2011 by E. A Solinas
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2.0 out of 5 stars We found a witch! May we burn her?,
This review is from: Season Of The Witch (DVD)"Season of the Witch" is one of those movies that probably would have gone straight to SyFy/Sci-Fi, if it didn't have an A-list actor attached. It's a murky, rather rushed historical creep-out that blossoms into silly horror at the end, after a long journey where not very much happens. Ron Perlman is awesome, though.
Disgusted with the slaughter of the Crusades, knights Behmen (Nicholas Cage) and Felson (Perlman) desert the army to return home to... somewhere. I think it's England, but I'm not sure.
They arrive in a town infested with the Black Death, and are quickly arrested. But the local bishop (Christopher Lee) offers them a way to clean their slates -- take a witch (Claire Foy) who is blamed for the plague to a distant abbey where she will be depowered courtesy of an ancient spellbook. The embittered Behman doesn't believe she's a witch, but he agrees nevertheless.
Along with a priest, a soldier, a swindler and an altar boy who dreams of knighthood, the two knights take the suspected witch on the perilous journey. But soon Behman starts to suspect that there's something unnatural about her -- she has super-strength, summons wolves, and even makes one man hallucinate right to his death. But no one can guess the horrific truth about what she is until they reach the abbey.
"Season of the Witch" isn't a horrible film, but it is resolutely mediocre -- it has the feel of a movie where nobody was really trying very hard. In fact, the first three-fourths of the movie just sort of ooze by with lots of dirty medieval villages, spooky hints about the witch girl, and lots of misty forests full of giant wolves.
Even the cameramen and screenwriters aren't trying too hard. It's almost impossible to see what the heck is going on in the fight scenes, except that there are lots of swords and leaves. The dialogue is pretty standard buddy-cop stuff, and is laid out in a hodgepodge of inconsistent accents. Are these Crusaders SUPPOSED to sound so American?
The movie does pick up for about ten minutes when the characters reach the abbey -- storms of darkness, zombie monks, incantations, and a decent Linda Blair impression. The problem is.... we see the bad guy. And it looks RIDICULOUS -- I've seen Star Trek prosthetics that were scarier than that, especially when it starts flitting, scuttling and spinning around the place.
The acting is pretty lackluster -- Cage is phoning in his performance, and most of the supporting characters are so blandly underdeveloped that you can't really care when they get offed. I will say that Stephen Campbell Moore does a decent job as a priest whose faith helps him overcome his fear, and Robert Sheehan and Claire Foy are very earnest in their roles. Oh, and Ron Perlman is lots of fun as Felson. It's pretty obvious he knows he's in a stinker, so he decides to have fun with his laid-back, fun-loving character.
"Season of the Witch" could have been a semi-decent horror thriller if it had kept the bad guy hidden, but that makes the entire climax fall apart.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A notch below mediocre,
This review is from: Season Of The Witch (DVD)The 2 worst enemies of this movie are 1: Nick Cage, who never appears that he's doing anything more than playing dress up. He does have fun, but he's Keanu Reeves on his dryest of films. The 2nd worst enemy is the story- or rather lack of. The story has so much unrealized potential it's irritating. Not a lot happens, and when it does- it always feels like something is missing. I felt that "absence" from beginning to end. Even with the always amusing Ron Perlman, I can't help but agree with another reviewer on here who says this felt more like a cheesy SyFy movie of the week than a medium budgeted movie.
5.0 out of 5 stars Très satisfait,
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This review is from: Season Of The Witch (DVD)Je trouve que c'est un très bon prix. L'expédition rapide a été fait selon les délais prévus. Le produit est excellent.
3.0 out of 5 stars Light, special effects movie,
This review is from: Season Of The Witch (DVD)Not a bad movie... but certainly not the most captivating either. An interesting adventure of a crusader with a sense of repulsion, ethics and morals beyond blindly following the commands of the church. Some of the effects were good. I agree with one of the other reviewers that at some point, the movie becomes confused, and thinks it should be a horror.
I have to admit to being confused about the demon. He suggests that he had been been pursuing the exorcism bible throughout the ages, and that it had cost him heavily. Were that the case, it is confusing as to why he would not have just taken "THE" exorcism bible in the opening scene (he/she had the chance). Also, why travel to a monastery by road, when you could fly - and just find it yourself?
Besides a few logic errors in the script - it was a light and enjoyable movie. Do not watch with high expectations. It is more like a Wednesday night movie.
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good film-4-4 1/2 stars!,
This review is from: Season Of The Witch (DVD)Season of the Witch(released Jan/11)was Relativity Medias first in house production/release,but from what I recall in the trade papers,had some production/distribution difficulties.It was taken out of Lionsgate's hands and then subsequent previews lacked the praise they were after,so they re-shot some scenes and made some editing changes(A British contingent was apparently brought in to kick start the renewed cut).Whatever problems may have occurred in pre-release,the cut we have here on DVD is a gem,a total gem.The pairing of Nicolas Cage as Behman von Bleibruck,and his devoted friend Ron Perlman as Felson,is an unlikely one I will grant you,but after watching the film I saw a good on screen chemistry between the two stars that really enhanced the picture.
The plot involves the Europe of the 14th Century.Witches,real or not,are being killed in many towns and villages for being part of a wide spread plague that is killing the populace(a reference to the actual Bubonic plague that was sweeping Europe at that time).Into the picture comes two Knights of the Crusades,Cage and Perlman,who are devoted friends and fierce warriors.They serve Gods greater purpose in the extermination of all HIS enemies,and go through several grueling campaigns together.On their last campaign,during a seige of a round walled city,Cage accidentally kills a young girl.Both look around only to be surrounded by women and children lying dead at their feet.They confront the leader of Crusade and essentially give him notice and leave.
They travel for days not seeing anyone,until they come upon a town which Perlman advises against going into.Yet they are short on supplies and are in dire need of rest.They enter the city only to find it is also under siege by the plague.However the towns constabulary arrests the two for being Crusade deserters,and locks them up.The local Cardinal(Christopher Lee),who is himself stricken by the plague and dying,summons the two to his chamber.In turn for their pardon and release,he asks them to take a young girl,deemed a witch,to a monastery about six days ride away to be put on trial.Cage and Perlman reluctantly agree.They are accompanied by a local priest,a Knight,a young altar boy who wants to be a Knight and a thief who apparently knows the best route to their destination.
Off the group go,with the witch imprisoned inside a large metal cage,being pulled by two horses.The first night the girl escapes from her cage and flees into a local village.They end up recapturing the girl but in the confusion and darkness the Knight walks right into the altar boys sword and dies.Their next trial is over a rickety old bridge.The group barely makes it over,but during their travail the young girl saved the altar boy from falling by pulling him up with just one hand.Directly after this they enter the Wormwood forest,where many a traveler have entered but never come out.The way is too foggy and wet and they camp on the road until it clears.However a wolf like howl comes from the cage and soon they're surrounded by many wolves bent on their deaths.They attack in two waves.They suppress the first wave and flee immediately.However the second wave claims the life of the thief,who they are unable to get to in time,and have to leave to die.
It is at this point Cage cannot contain his anger and comes thisclose to killing the witch,but is stopped by the priest and his friend Perlman,who tells him there is no point as the monastery is in sight.They arrive shorty after at their destination but find it strangely silent,until they reach a chamber to find virtually all of the monks dead of plague.They recover the Book of Solomon,which contains a myriad of ancient holy incantations to rid the flesh of evil spirits.The group returns outside and the priest starts to read from the book.The witch suddenly starts to mimic the crusade's leaders words back to Cage,and it is then they realize this is not a witch but a demon,which requires a different incantation.The demon melts the iron cage and flees into the monastery and the group/fight returns there.The demon brings to life dead monks to battle the group and finally the demon himself joins in,all the while the proper incantation is being recited aloud.The priest and Perlman succumb to the demon,but just before Cage joins them,the young altar boy now turned Knight,finishes the passage and the demon is destroyed.
The film ends as the altar boy/Knight and the girl whose body was possessed,both ride off together,with the Book of Solomon safely in his saddle bag.
I found the film pulling me in right from the start.Perlman of course,known for his macho roles and mannerisms,is just what we would expect him to be here.Cage on the other hand is the more thoughtful of the two,in keeping with his persona in films.The two make an unlikely pairing,as I stated previously,but they certainly work well together.The plot is well crafted and the pre-release problems were certainly ironed out well,as the editing and pace is top notch.There are very few,if any,slow moments in this film as the group go from one crisis into another.All the time we are still wondering,like Cage's on screen character,whether the girl really is a witch or not.The opening scenes of the Crusade battles are done with a mixture,it looks like,of CGI and in camera tricks,but it is effective.You really believe Perlamn and Cage are out there sweating and at the edge of death at all times,battling the multitudinous hordes that they confront.
Technically speaking the film is in its w/s a/r of 1:78:1 and is clear and crisp.Extras include commentary,the trailer,deleted scenes,an alternate ending and two featurettes.
All in all a film I surprisingly liked....ALOT!The pace and editing are right there and Perlman,Cage and the rest of the cast are solid "A",right on the money.The plot keeps you on the edge of your seats until the every end.It strikes a variety of moods from light-hearted to dark and foreboding.Highly recommended.4-4 1/2 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Witch Was The Most Interesting Part...,
This review is from: Season Of The Witch (DVD)I was really looking forward to this movie. I was disappointed. Nicolas Cage was not spectacular in the role, almost like he played the part of Behmen without having any interest in it. Ron Pearlman did not shine either. For me Claire Foy as the witch was the most interesting character to watch. Maybe it was the writing? Maybe it was the casting, but I was hoping for something better.
4.0 out of 5 stars SWORDS & WITCHES,
3.0 out of 5 stars That old black magic has me in its spell,,
The film starts out with an encounter with a real witch just to let us know that it's not pussyfooting around. Now we flash forward to the 14th century. Brave crusader knights Behmen (Nicolas Cage) and Felson (Ron Perlman) get fed up with their slaughtering ways and desert.
Soon they are pressed into a new mission. With a motley rabble they must deliver a supposed witch (Claire Foy) to a monastery to break the back of the plague that could take over the world.
We spend most of our time in this film wondering if she or isn't she. We may find that this mission is a part of something much greater than a simple fricassee of witch. As we watch Behmen and Felson's struggling with their own differences between God and the church we to have some food for thought.
Keep in mind this film is really a simple who is the bad guy and will they get their film. There actually isn't any excess gore but a few spooky scenes with fiery eyes.
Yes some things could have been done better and yes there are loose ends but this is way too much fun to worry about that at this point.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Medieval mayhem gone awry...,
This review is from: Season Of The Witch (DVD)Season of the Witch actually had a really promising beginning. It was entertaining and full of action. Most importantly it was quite funny, and this sense of not taking itself too seriously is what keeps it fun rather than cheesy. Unfortunately all of this changes part way through with a more sombre tone and a heavy dose of bad CGI creatures swooping in to laughably crash the whole film. Why, oh why through in a ridiculous computer-generated demon? Especially after being kept guessing by Claire Foy as the witch as she goes from tortured victim, to coy bystander, to full out evil. Ron Perlman is always great, and he seems to be having fun with his role. But they can't salvage what has got to be some of the worst dialogue I've heard in a major studio film. Definitely worth a watch, maybe just turn it off before the ruinous ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional,
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