""Medieval England has fallen under the shadow of the Black Death. In this apocalyptic world, filled with fear and superstition, a young monk called Osmund is charged with leading a fearsome knight, Ulrich (Sean Bean), and his gang of mercenaries to a remote marsh. Their quest is to hunt down a necromancer - someone who is able to bring the dead back to life. The dangers that they face as they set out are nothing compared to the horror that awaits them at their journey's end...""
Our Rating: 3/10 - Quite a nasty little movie, not as good as Season of the Witch
Watchability: 2/10 - Not too many would like to watch it again
Contributed By: WB
Tagline: In an age of darkness one man will face the ultimate battle against evil.
- Country: Germany, UK
- Language: English | Latin
- Runtime: 142
- Revenue: $22,554
- Production: Zephyr Films
So, how does the movie end??
Ulrich and his boys cross the marsh to the village unaffected by the plague and meet Hob (Captain Darling from Blackadder!) and a mysterious woman, Langiva. The men seek refuge, and those in the village throw a feast for them that night - but things aren't as they seem, and Ulrich finds a medallion around the neck of one of the girls that belonged to a fellow envoy.
Osmund follows the female village leader and is shown the body of his girlfriend.
At the feast the men are a big hit with the local girls. Meanwhile Langiva summons Osmund away again, and he is shown a sacred ritual where it seems that his girlfriend has been raised from the dead. He runs away.
Meanwhile, the food and drink has been spiked - and Ulrich's men pass out. They wake the next day tied and freezing cold in a submerged pit. The town elders tell them to denounce God and they will survive.
One of the tough ones is chosen first. He is brought out, and his bowels are sliced in a grisly death scene. One of the men panics. He denounces God in front of the pagans ... but is hanged anyway.
Osmund is next to be tested. He is shown to a cabin housing his girlfriend, who is acting very spooky. Osmund doesn't want to see her like this, so he stabs her, and walks out with her body. The pagan witch cannot believe it.
Next Ulrich is taken out. His arms are tied to horses that are whipped to break his body. He does not denounce God. After much pain he asks to speak to Osmund - and asks the young monk to remove his shirt -- and we see the boils and signs of the plague. He smiles as the horses whip apart his body, and his blood flies everywhere to bring death to the village.
Meanwhile the two remaining prisoners have escaped the pit and attack the villagers. One of the big men dies, but Wolfston manages to kill the rest of the attackers and capture Hob to bring him back to the monastery.
Osmund chases after Langiva. He soon learns from the witch that his girlfriend had never died - but had been drugged all along. Osmund wants her now to bring his girl back to life, but Langiva tells him she has no powers.
Wolfston and Osmund return to the monastery, with Hob in the torture device. Wolfston admits that the village was safe from the plague just because of its remoteness, and not the actions of a witch. He leaves Osmund with the monks and never saw him again - but heard terrible stories that he grew into an angry grief-stricken man, who saw the face of Langiva in those accused of witchcraft - and showed no mercy.