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Black Death

  • Rated R

independent, special interest


As the Black Death decimates all in its path, a fearsome knight (Sean Bean) is charged by the church to investigate rumors of a village -- led by a necromancer -- that the plague cannot reach.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    68%
  • Audience Score
    49%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    68%
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  • Audience

    49%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Director Chris Smith delivers plenty of meaty action here and deploys twists that while not earth-shattering, are satisfyingly clever enough to make this a solid genre flick.

- Alistair Harkness, Scotsman, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: There are echoes of The Wicker Man in this supernatural tale but the storytelling is clunky and disjointed and Smiths fondness for tipsy, hand-held camerawork becomes extremely annoying.

- Allan Hunter, Daily Express, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: A gripping piece of Gothic horror.

- Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium, Monday, July 26, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A bleak, gritty and dark take on the middle ages during the time of the Plague. As a group of Christian Knights and mercenaries set out to investigate a village without a sign of the black death together with their young monk guide, they are taking a trip into the heart of darkness. The shaky cam look may be a bit much at times, but you really feel like you're with them and on this dark voyage. The set design is never over the top, but feels realistic and accordingly dirty, which makes for a very unsettling atmosphere. The plot does a pretty decent job in painting those characters with a few significant strokes, the acting is fine, too. But the film's biggest accomplishment is constantly shifting the viewer's allegiance from Christians to Pagans while commenting on the old notion that in order to fight barbarism you have to become a barbarian. The result is never spectacular but very entertaining and enthralling, leaving you with a pretty disconcerting solution. Well done.

- ironclad1609, Monday, March 18, 2013

3 stars

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- aquateen2, Sunday, April 14, 2013

3 stars

Totally bleak and very realistic, this historical story set in the time of the bubonic plague which really is quite depressing. The plot is of course religious based and see's a group of warriors and a young monk off to a small village untouched by plague. The reason? because they think a witch is there and keeping the plague out, which would seem beneficial really, but that's not Christian damn it!. Sean Bean heads a good character driven cast (including Tim McInnerny of 'Blackadder' fame) despite still looking like 'Boromir' of 'LOTR'. His mates are a dirty ugly bunch all set on pushing the Christian faith through England and that's it. The plot is basically just a gang of warriors on a mission getting taken down one by one, usual affair, but its niche is it being set in the time of the bubonic plague and rather grotty. Last man standing film ritual really, nothing new. It looks great, you can almost smell the rotting filth in the air and taste the mud the group slowly wades through, all accompanied by that typical eerie chanting you tend to hear in old fashioned Abbeys by monks. The musical score is very spiritual, deep and haunting with an ethereal essence about it, it works very well for the era. Its just a shame the ending gets a little bit silly and kinda 'Wicker Man-ish'. Still its a good film that has gone under the radar probably because its a British/German production, I don't think the Yanks know what the bubonic plague was.

- phubbs1, Saturday, April 19, 2014