Season of the Witch

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5.41 h 34 min2011X-RayPG-13
Fourteenth-century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.
Directors
Dominic Sena
Starring
Nicolas CageRon PerlmanStephen Campbell Moore
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AdventureAction
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English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Christopher LeeClaire Foy
Producers
Ryan KavanaughChuck RovenAlex Gartner
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RELATIVITY MEDIA
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.4 out of 5 stars

2417 global ratings

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SomeoneReviewed in the United States on June 30, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Season of the Witch
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Medieval crusades witch hunting demon fighting mythical fantasy battle movie. Two friends who are legendary warriors fighting many battles under the Christian side in the Crusades abandon the fight after they took part in a massacre in which thousands of innocents including women and children were killed needlessly in the name of the God and the Church. After they desert the Christian army and while they are travelling back home they come upon a city that is suffering under a great plague. They are told the plague is across many lands now and is caused by a witch. In order to stop the plague they must transport the witch to another town where there are monks that will put the witch under trial and use her to find a way to reverse the plague. They two friends are recruited for the task along with three other companions. They take the dangerous road and crazy stuff happens including being attacked by magic provoked wolves and crossing a old bridge that is barely held together by a tiny thread of rope. Eventually they reach the city but everyone there is dead. And it turns out the witch was actually a full demon and wanted to be taken there because at that place is found the one remaining scripture text which can destroy the demon, and the demon wanted to find the text so he can destroy it. They were literally reading the scripture in Latin for like fifteen minutes while battling the demon. The whole time I was thinking why didn't whoever wrote that ancient text make it a one liner. They eventually defeat the demon. Everyone dies except one kid who came along with them, and the woman who was possessed by the demon survives as well. Okay movie, the visuals were good and story was okay. But think it is a one time view for me. First time viewing. Watched digital streaming with HBO subscription on Prime Video.
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BRBReviewed in the United States on March 30, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Was Well Made, But some Cut scenes were Best left in Girl Scenes versus the CGI were Better.
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The Girl Scenes versus the CGI characters Better. In My Opinion. There Seemed to Be Too Much focus on the disease and the Catholic based Church. And Throwing a Negative on the Powers of Native Women Who Practiced Magic. this Idea of a Demon Possessing a Body or having to Read from a Ancient Book to keep the witch From returning to life, seems disengenuious to those who practiced the ancient arts. At the First scene of the Film a Cold hearted priests and Knights or Templars are Condemning to Death 3 Women accused of witch-craft. To Me it seems that We only see the dark side of the Church to Perscute and kill and control with threat of death and domination. So in a way they were a Deamon in their own right. But, more in the group sense that is. Umm, I would have liked too see more showing the positive traditional Practices of the Folks of europe rather than just some Church Person asking for confessions and then commiting their bodies to the grave or Death. As Far as the Actors Nicolas cage is Great, performer, he Seems to have a Greater heart with compassion more than his comrades Do. The Girl actor as the Possessed woman is well done however, I can see that it's not all abomination and Evil. there is a sense of decensy and moral standards behind all the scenes of demonic forces. Such as do not threaten the witch again and again as it may turn on that individual in self-defense. So, yeah_A Dark Film with some Really incredible Scenery. Beautiful mountain scenes. Smoky forests, Magnificient castles. A Plague that is awful, beyond description. And, Just a whole Lot of Heavyness. One thing that they got right was: all Persons white European Descent.that Fit into the Time era. The Dress and Dungeons are Spot-on. The Battle Scenes of the Crusades were well mastered. No Multicultural Garbage in this film as far as I can Tell. despite the Darkness there is sparks of light throughout it. And it has a magnificient valley ending scene; that is heartwarming. The over narration at the closing scene of the film was well done. it's a Film worth the watch. just Remember to watch the Cut scenes as well to get the full story Line. Is My Recommendation. Thank-YOU
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WALTReviewed in the United States on July 12, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
AN ACTION THRILLER BASED ON HISTORY
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THIS FILM WAS MADE CONCERNING THE GREAT PLAGUE OF THE 14TH CENTURY. IT WAS CALLED THE BUBONIC PLAGUE AND TOOK
PLACE FROM 1346-1352, AND KILLED ABOUT ONE THIRD OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION. SIMILAR BUT FAR FROM THE SAME
EVENTS OCCURRED IN THE SALEM WITCH HUNTS. IF AN INDIVIDUAL WAS TO COUGH OR SNEEZE, THEY WERE PUT TO DEATH.
IN SALEM, MASS., IT WAS MORE MASS HYSTERIA THAN ANYTHING ELSE. HOWEVER, IN THE DAYS OF THE PLAGUE, ABOUT ONE
THIRD OF THE WORLD POPULATION PERISHED. NICK CAGE AND RON PERLMAN STAR AS THE TWO PROTAGONISTS WHO LEAVE
THE SERVICE OF THE CHURCH AS THEY WERE FORCED TO KILL WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND GO OUT ON THEIR OWN. THERE ARE
SOME ENORMOUS OPENING BATTLE SCENES. AS THEY SEEK REFUGE IN A CITY, ONE OF THEIR CHURCH SWORDS FALLS OUT AND
THEY ARE CONSIDERED DESERTERS. GIVEN A CHANCE TO RID THE CITY OF AN OSTENSIBLE WITCH, THEY ARE GRANTED A PARDON. YOU WILL NEED TO SEE THE REMAINDER FOR YOURSELVES, AS THE DENOUEMENT, I.E. UNRAVELING IS STAGGERING AND THE FINALE IS BREATHTAKING. A PHENOMENAL 🎞 FILM
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Posed a moral question which made it interesting but middle of movie dragged
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Can Nicholas Cage pull off a period piece horror flick? That was the question in Season of the Witch where Cage played Behmen von Bleibruck a German knight who returned from the Crusades to find the Church blaming a girl named Anna (Claire Foy) for the Black Death. Bleibruck and another knight named Felson (Ron Perlman) are told to take Anna to a monastery to remove the plague.

Story is interesting at first but gets rather dull in the middle. There weren’t enough moments along the trip to take Anna to the monastery to keep one’s interest. The end was better which made up for the slow middle.

Overall, a good but not great fantasy film.
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eldan falesReviewed in the United States on February 17, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
It could have used more Cow Bell.
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I loved seeing the Hound in this. Nicholas and all the actors were very professional. I loved the Spoiler twist. Could have been longer. Was to realistic in the sense that it is a stand alone story, I wouldn't have minded a possible set up for further stories.
All and All its worth watching when you have viewed all of the Game of Throne episodes, and Lord of the Rings movies so much that you literally believe that you are Gandalf the Grey living in Winterfell. I watched this on a cold winters night to see something that I hadn't before.
Compared to the other said things it dragged a bit, but the ending makes the journey worth the watch. (not the Nights Watch, LOL)
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Reasonable ReviewerReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
"That book has caused me untold trouble through the ages"
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If you enjoy B-grade fantasy films with A-grade effects and plot twists then you will love this movie.

If you want a heartfelt treatise that examines the nobler and gentler side of demons and devil worship, plagues and pestilence then there is nothing here for you. Put your Athame up, and cast your maledictions elsewhere.

Before getting into the plot, the film has a brilliant sound track and some of the best medieval trappings in terms of clothing, accouterments, and scenery that I have seen in a movie.

Warning! Beyond this point, there lies spoilers!

Nicolas Cage (Behmen) and Ron Perlman (Felson), two B-Movie giants, team up to play a pair of disaffected Templars fighting in the crusades. The movie plays to the commonly held, contemporary view that the crusades were not about religion at all. A disgusted Cage and Perlman desert God's army and head home.

So far, it is the plot of 500 movies (including recent revisionist versions of Robin Hood).

Ah! That is when the writer, Bragi Schut, throws his first plot twist. Behmen and Felson are recognized in a town and captured as deserters. Nicely played Sir! That is a likely occurrence. Unlike many of the recent movies that play the townspeople of the Middle Ages as secular humanists; the townspeople were in fact typically quite devoted to the church and would have turned in deserters from the Holy War.

The duo is accosted by a dire Christopher Lee playing a cardinal dying of the plague. The cardinal has discovered that the plague has been caused by a witch; he wants Behmen and Felson to escort the witch to a monastery that has a copy of a sacred text, the Key of Solomon.

The pair is accompanied by an altar boy who wants to be a knight, a priest, a hired hand of the cardinal, and a merchant/guide.

Director Dominic Sena does an excellent job of dropping enough hints about the truth behind the witch to make the final plot twist a reasonable revelation.

The group takes on rotten bridges, haunted forests, and plague filled villages.

On the way to the monastery, the party loses its hired hand and merchant.

When the group arrives at the monastery, the witch reveals itself to actually be a demon!

The demon has been systematically destroying copies of the Key of Solomon for the past several hundred years. The copy at the monastery is the last.

An epic melee occurs, and good triumphs over evil. The plague is lifted. Behmen and Felson have their faith in the church restored and die heroes.

Turns out that demons are bad.

In addition to the well-done aspects of the movie already mentioned, there are two more points that make this a great buy.

First, the extras on the DVD are very good. The deleted scenes are especially insightful, but they would have made for a different movie. I liked both versions.

Second, the banter between Felson and Behmen is extremely well-done. As a combat veteran, I could imagine brothers in arms saying the quips that the two made, e.g., "not bad for a dungeon," "forget the souls, I'll take some chicken," etc.

All in all, it would be an excellent addition to any B-grade film fan's library.

In service,

Rich
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GadgeteerReviewed in the United States on January 10, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Watchable but predictable
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This turned out to be a pretty good movie. There wasn't much in the way of suspense for me though as I found the whole thing fairly predictable and formulaic. Still, it was a fun adventure, perhaps not really for kids, and some interesting special effects here and there. Not sure if it deserves three stars or four so I was a little generous there in my rating. It's definitely not five. But it was watchable and entertaining and the acting didn't suck too badly -- except for the witch-girl. But given her situation it might have been her only shot at the Oscar's... so I'll cut her a break :-)
Book- gobblerReviewed in the United States on May 17, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not Bewitched
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"Season of the Witch" has several three good features --Nicholas Cage ,Robert Sheehan and Ron Perlman. The special effects are also worth mentioning--though the sight(s) of people dead or dying of the plague are horrifyingly realistic. I guess my only true criticism of the movie is that it is too "dark" in theme. If you are in the mood for seeing disenchanted Crusaders, breath-takingly scream-worthy demons and the horrors of what seems to be the more true depiction of what may have occurred during what used to be the "glory" of religious battle--this may be something you wish to see. It has some interesting "twists" in what history books have (mis)presented as facts. It probably is more geared to male viewers.
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