Back in December, we talked a little about the upcoming medieval horror movie "Black Death," and speculated on its using the bubonic plague as a setting for zombies. Mostly because we think that would be cool, but also because of all the veiled references to necromancers. The official press release isn't being much of a help, though:
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.
Okay, so at this point I've become annoyed with the vagueness of the press release. Supposedly a screener copy of the movie was offered up at some point, but I must have missed that email. The posters look wicked awesome, though, so now I have expectations.
I kind of want medieval zombies, because that would be brilliant. And the posters do resemble the styling of the Army of Darkness poster. But I'm starting to get the feeling this may not be a movie featuring the undead and/or a skeletal army possessed by a demonic virus. It may just be a gory movie about the Plague. While that's not necessarily a bad thing, that's not something I'm ready to get all excited about.
What needs to happen is, Sean Bean needs to appear and make you think he's going to bring sanity with him, and just when you're thinking he's a really great guy...
...then he does that. I'm a little stunned, quite frankly. It's not as if that scene is any sort of violence or special effects extravaganza. It just sets a tone that I hope is the same as the rest of the film. The company that released Centurion and the upcoming Hobo With A Shotgun -- Magnolia -- is the same company producing Black Death. So they have the potential to be on a roll with me as far as I'm concerned.
The film is available nationwide via Video On Demand, VUDU, Xbox Marketplace, Playstation Live and Amazon before it goes to theaters on March 11. I'll probably be forcing Laura to rent this with me and we'll have a full review in the coming weeks.