Season of the Witch (2010) Preview

Release Date: March 19, 2010

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I’ve always liked Nicolas Cage as an actor. I think it’s the way he talks — how he draws out his vowels in a sleepy way that always puts me at ease. He’s also in one of my favorite movies: The Rock. Finally, he’s also managed to impress me a couple of times with performances like in Leaving Las Vegas and Adaptation. Granted, he’s also been in several terrible films, especially lately, but what are you going to do? Cage is an actor by profession, which means he’s not always going to be in a commercial success. As audience members who are constantly pummeled by the glitz and glamor of Hollywood, I think we sometimes lose perspective that acting is still a job. I also think we can all agree that most jobs suck most of the time. Cage obviously enjoys being an actor and he has the luxury of exploring different roles, so more power to him. With that said, he’s in a new movie called Season of the Witch.

From the Official Synopsis:

In the supernatural thriller Season of the Witch, Nicolas Cage stars as a 14th century Crusader who returns with his comrade (Ron Perlman) to a homeland devastated by the Black Plague. A beleaguered church, deeming sorcery the culprit of the plague, commands the two knights to transport an accused witch (Claire Foy) to a remote abbey, where monks will perform a ritual in hopes of ending the pestilence.

A priest (Stephen Campbell Moore), a grieving knight (Ulrich Thomsen), an itinerant swindler (Stephen Graham) and a headstrong youth who can only dream of becoming a knight (Robert Sheehan) join a mission troubled by mythically hostile wilderness and fierce contention over the fate of the girl.

When the embattled party arrives at the abbey, a horrific discovery jeopardizes the knight’s pledge to ensure the girl fair treatment, and pits them against an inexplicably powerful and destructive force.

IGN has a teaser. From what I can glean, the film looks like it’s going to be action-packed or horror-packed or a hybrid ala Pandorum. Come to think of it, the monsters in Season of the Witch kind of look like the monsters in Pandorum. That’s just a random observation.

We’re still a long way off before the film is released next spring, but I guess now is as good of a time as any to start generating some buzz. We are near Holloween after all. The current target date is March 19. I’ll post more information as I get it.

Official Poster

Update 1: Stills