Saturday, October 19, 2013

31 Days of Halloween - Day 19 - Movie 3

In 1348 plague ridden England, a young monk volunteers to guide a group of knights to a secluded village which is rumored to not be infected and to be inhabited by demons and a necromancer.

Black Death (2010) is marketed as being a horror movie, but is only marginally so. The plague's affect on its victims as a whole is horrible, but the real horror here is the effect the church has on its servants, and what those servants will do on behalf of the church to make sure that belief remains beholden to church doctrine. Most of the tension comes from anticipation of what they are going to find once they reach the village. Once they reach there, things are not what they expected, nor what they seem. Black Death is a really good movie, but it too, is not what I expected it was going to be. Had I known it was going to be more historical and theological in nature, I probably would not have watched it as part of my Halloween countdown, even though it can easily be argued that there enough elements that make it suitable.

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